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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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Montevideo +1: Supporting Youth Advocacy in Guatemala

Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) first intergovernmental conference on population and development held in Montevideo, Uruguay. The outcome document from that meeting, …


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Montevideo +1: Communicating Youth Priorities in Peru

Tania Pariona of REOJIP is helping indigenous youth activists effectively communicate and advocate for the priorities and recommendations agreed to by the Peruvian government in the Montevideo Consensus.


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Montevideo +1: Reengaging Activists with the Government in Paraguay

Mirta “Michi” Moragas of Las Ramonas is encouraging progressive activists to reengage with the Paraguayan government after a political coup in 2012 installed a conservative administration.


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Montevideo +1: Activists’ Progress One Year After the Landmark Meeting

One year ago this week, 33 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean came together for the first intergovernmental conference on population and development in the region. Convened in Montevideo, Uruguay, by the UN Economic Commission for Latin Ame …


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