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.
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.
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.
The state of Tlaxcala recently passed an amendment expanding the exceptions in which abortion is permitted. This is good news, but only one step in Mexico’s journey to meeting women’s reproductive rights.