Medical Students Taking on Misconceptions and Stereotypes

Three med students in India talk about an ASAP Asia workshop they participated in on gender, sexuality, and abortion.

Shattering the Stigma of Abortion

Why does abortion stigma matter? Because it is a barrier to abortion both in countries where abortion is legally accessible and countries where it is legally restricted. Both those accessing abortion services as well as abortion providers may experience stigma.

Challenging Abortion Stigma in the Philippines

  • May 1, 2015

Sarah Jane Biton is a 26-year-old activist from the Philippines. As a Youth Champion for the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, she is fighting for women’s sexual and reproductive rights in her country and beyond. She has also worked with the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines and the Student Christian Movement and is…

Feminist and Proud: Building a Movement in Sri Lanka and Beyond

  • May 1, 2015

A Q&A with Sarah Ashaya Soysa, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) Youth Champion Sarah Ashaya Soysa is a passionate, young activist from Colombo, Sri Lanka. At 26 years old, she’s already built an impressive career as a bold and progressive advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality. In addition to her…

Creating Safe Spaces for Women and Trans People in Lebanon

  • May 1, 2015

Rola is a 29-year-old Lebanese feminist activist who created theAProject, an initiative to address sexuality and gender in Lebanon from a sex-positive and feminist perspective. She is an Asia Safe Abortion Partnership Youth Champion, a nurse, and a researcher who has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on youth sexuality. In this Q&A…

Young Activists on the Rise in China

  • May 1, 2015

Yu Yang is an Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) Youth Champion in China. A member of the Chinese Youth Network, Yu Yang has worked as a peer educator and is very dedicated to the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people in China and across Asia. Yu Yang, who…

Fighting Gender Inequality in India: A Young Feminist’s Awakening

  • May 1, 2015

Pritam Potdar is an Asia Safe Abortion Partnership Youth Champion from India. As a regional coordinator for the nongovernmental organization SAMYAK located in the state of Maharashtra in western India, Pritam has coordinated several projects to promote gender equality among men and boys, and improve community-based sexual and reproductive health interventions for adolescent…

Partner: Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP)

  • November 12, 2013

Access to safe and legal abortion is a pressing health and rights issue in Asia. Approximately 40 percent of abortions performed in 2008 in Asia were unsafe; in South Central Asia, Southeastern Asia and Western Asia, the percentage of those that were unsafe reached 60 to 65 percent. An estimated 17,000 women died from unsafe…

Women and Youth Point the Way Forward for Asia and Pacific

As more than 400 government and civil society representatives from 40 countries meet in Bangkok this week for the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference, women’s rights and youth activists are calling for strong government commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights in…