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In Latin America, we support several organizations and networks in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay working to improve women's and young people's health at the community level and influence relevant policies at the country level. We also support regional networks and select groups in other countries whose cutting-edge work has the potential to advance women's and young people's health and rights throughout the region.


 

Partner Spotlight: Mujer y Salud en Uruguay

IWHC has supported Mujer y Salud en Uruguay (MYSU) to advocate for abortion rights for more than 12 years. Thanks to these efforts, in 2012 Uruguay became the first Spanish-speaking country in South America to allow abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Currently, MYSU is working to build on and protect the law and ensure that women, especially poor and marginalized women, have access to safe abortion services throughout Uruguay.

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Partner Spotlight: Católicas Por El Derecho A Decidir

Unsafe abortion procedures are the leading cause of maternal mortality in Argentina, where abortion is heavily restricted. Católicas Por El Derecho A Decidir-Argentina (CDD-Argentina) is one of the leading organizations behind the Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion

Through its campaign, CDD-Argentina works to improve the political, social, legal, and cultural conditions for passing legislation to decriminalize abortion and ensure women´s access to appropriate abortion services.

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Partner Spotlight: PROMSEX, Centro de Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos

In Peru, our partner PROMSEX and other feminist groups are leading the Dejala Decidir campaign, or "Let Her Decide." The campaign is challenging Peru's harsh anti-abortion laws, which currently ban women who have been raped from obtaining an abortion.

PROMSEX also works to increase access to emergency contraception for women who live in poverty, and to end discrimination and violence against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Peruvian “Let Her Decide” Abortion Campaign Takes Next Step

Dejala Decidir in Peru has submitted 60,000 signatures in support of a bill that would decriminalize abortion in cases of rape. Currently, abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy threatens the life or health of the mother.


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After Victory in Uruguay: Addressing Gaps Between the Right to Abortion and Access to Services

While legislative victory in Uruguay is an inspiration for other pro-choice advocates in the region, advocates caution that the struggle to ensure access to safe, legal abortion does not end with legislation.


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Pro-Choice Movement Gains Momentum in Peru

Last September, one of IWHC’s partner organizations, PROMSEX, along with other feminist organizations in Peru, launched the “Déjala Decidir” (“Let Her Decide”) campaign to collect at least 60,000 signatures in support of a proposal that would decrimina …


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Finding Innovative Solutions for Sexual Health in Brazil

IWHC works with Reprolatina in Brazil to educate young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. The results so far have been outstanding: In the town of Barro Alto in the state of Goiás, the number of adolescent girls giving birth has dropped from 40 percent in 2010 to 10 percent in 2012.


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