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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.


 

Meet Our Partner: Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria

Brazil's National Congress is dominated by Evangelical and Catholic conservatives. Guacira Oliveira, Director of Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria (Feminist Research and Advisory Center), discusses the challenges of advocating for women's human rights and the decriminalization of abortion in the current political climate with IWHC President Françoise Girard.

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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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Women Twice Betrayed

The case of “Belén” in Argentina demonstrates how how public institutions regularly fail women in Argentina.

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Educación integral en sexualidad: la situación actual en el Perú

Existen materiales para docentes y hay experiencias exitosas, pero el financiamiento y  la preparación idónea de la mayoría de las y los docentes, continúan siendo barreras importantes.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Where We Stand in Peru

Despite some success in implementation, limited financial support and inadequate teacher training remain significant barriers.

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Zika and Reproductive Rights

The Zika virus is a wake-up call for governments everywhere to rebuild and strengthen public health systems, and to guarantee all women and girls access to contraceptives and safe abortions.

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Our Top Wins in 2015

2015 was a momentous year for women—a year of impressive achievements but also extreme hardship. Here are our highlights for 2015.

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In Peru, Women’s Rights Activists Make Slow but Steady Gains

Breaking the silence on sexual violence and abortion is a critical first step to advancing reproductive rights in Peru.

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Brazil’s Conservatives Attempt to Further Restrict Abortion

A bill pending before Brazil's Congress could make it more difficult for rape victims to receive an abortion.

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Indigenous Youth Assert Their Human Rights in Mexico

Stories of discrimiation and abuse of indigenous people in Mexico and throughout Latin America are widespread. A recent workshop in Oaxaca is training indigenous youth to advocate for their rights.

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Guarding Abortion Rights Advances in Uruguay

In 2012, Uruguay passed a landmark law permitting abortion. Women's activists--including IWHC partner Mujer y Salud en Uruguay--have been fighting to improve the law and fending off threats to it ever since.

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Making Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Accessible for Everyone, Everywhere

Women's health and rights advocates will have to collaborate with the public sector to ensure the goals to ensure universal sexual and reproductive health care are achieved.

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Brazil’s Future: Curumim’s Work to Educate and Empower Adolescents

Grupo Curumim is working with government health care workers and educators so they can provide young people with accurate, nonjudgmental, and honest information about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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The New Normal for Brazilian Women’s Organizations

In a time when funding for women's rights groups in Brazil has dried up, organizations are turning to online activism, public events, and art to continue their work.

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Outrage Erupts in Argentina Over Brutal Murders of Women

Activists in Latin America are mobilizing and demanding action from policymakers to address gender-based violence after a recent rash of femicides.

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Mexico’s Slow Reproductive Rights Advances

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.

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IWHC to Advise Consortium Promoting Safe Abortion In Latin America

As part of the Advisory Committee of CLACAI, IWHC hopes to step up progress in the region on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

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Brazil Marks International Women’s Day with Law on Gender-Based Violence

Brazil recently approved legislation that imposes harsher penalties for harming or killing women, a crime referred to as “femicide.”

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Our Top Wins in 2014

Every January, we like to take stock of the gains we’ve made to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls around the world. Last year was a difficult. But we also saw reasons for optimism.

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Bills to Expand Access to Abortion Debated in Peru and Argentina

On Tuesday, the Argentinian and Peruvian Congresses debated bills to expand access to safe and legal abortion.

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Thousands March for Changes to Abortion Law in Argentina

On Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, approximately 3,000 women, men, and children marched in front of the Argentine Congress to urge lawmakers to pass a bill that would give women the right to an abortion, without exception, in the first trimester.

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Math, Science…and Sex! Peruvian Ministry of Education Elevates Importance of Sexuality Education

The Peruvian Ministry of Education has taken the bold move to incorporate issues related to sexuality into its mainstream national educational framework.

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