Why Engage Boys and Young Men?

Recently the Youth Parliament Foundation (TYPF), which I founded ten years ago in Delhi, conducted 12 consultations for the National AIDS Control Organization in India for recommendations on how the 4th National AIDS Control (NACO)  Programme should be structured to best address HIV prevention education. We talked to 280 young girls and boys from…

Ishita Chaudhry: "I want to live in a world where human rights are upheld"

Last week, as we’ve blogged previously, IWHC held its annual gala event, which honored Dr. Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health. We also featured Ishita Chaudhry, the founder of IWHC partner organization the YP Foundation. Ishita was both riveting and inspiring, and we’re all still thinking about her words. Here is…

Abortion in India: Legal, But Not Always Safe

Even though abortion is legal in almost all countries to save a woman's life and in three-fifths of countries to protect her physical and mental health, safe abortion services are often not provided by public health systems or are of poor quality.

Since 1971 abortion has been permitted in India for a broad variety of reasons. Throughout the country, women who can afford health care in private hospitals have fairly good access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including abortion. But in rural and poverty-stricken areas, where people rely on public health care facilities called Primary Health Centers, access is more limited, to devastating effect. In India, rates for maternal mortality are highest among poor rural women. India has the largest number of deaths from unsafe abortions in the world.

IWHC’s latest video features Rajesh Chaturvedi who works with the organization Gramin Punarnirman Sansthan (GPS) in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India. GPS is a member of CommonHealth, one of our partners in India. Over the last few years, GPS has focused on advocacy around obtaining better reproductive health care services in the Azamgarh District of Uttar Pradesh. On a program visit to India, IWHC’s then-Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava met Rajesh. He was generous enough to tell her this very personal true story about the insufficiency of the health care system in India in dealing with abortion.

In the 21st century there is no reason for a woman to die or suffer the traumas of an unsafe abortion. Access to safe abortion is about more than policy – communities and those who provide them with health care must be committed to achieving true access.

For more information, check out the following resources:

Abortion With Self-Administered Misoprostol: A Guide For Women
Promoting Women’s Access to Safe Abortion: Tools For Advocates
Access to Safe Abortion is a Human Right

A full transcript of the video is after the jump.

Abortion in India: Legal, But Not Always Safe

  • October 21, 2010

Abortion in India was legalized in 1971, but many people, especially in rural areas, do not know that abortion is legal. India has the largest number of deaths from unsafe abortions in the world. CommonHealth, an IWHC partner, is a network in India that advocates for maternal health, including access to safe abortion. In this…

The Reason I Left School: Children of Indian Sex Workers Speak

Last fall, when I took a trip to India, visited with SANGRAM in Sangli district and shot a lot of video, I got to see the beginnings of a video project that was giving people in the community the skills to produce their own films. The Community Video Unit (CVU) is…

Photoblog: A Look at Abortion Access & Clinics in India

In India abortion is legally available during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in a variety of cases: when there is risk to the mother’s life, physical or mental health; rape or fetal abnormality; as well as social or economic reasons. India has had legal abortion for about the same length of time the United…

Video: Sex Workers' Rights Are Human Rights

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Decriminalizing Homosexual Sex in India: An Inspiring Movement

On October 22, my colleague Chelsea Ricker and I went to a very inspiring panel organized by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ), “Litigating Human Rights Series: The Task and Implications of Decriminalizing Homosexual Sex in India.” The recent decision by the Delhi High Court to repeal Penal Code 377…

Realizing Rights: Access to Legal Abortion in India

Audacia Ray,  Online Communications and Campaigns Program Officer at IWHC, is traveling in India for two weeks with Asia Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava.  During the trip, Audacia and Khushbu will visit our partners in the region, document their work, and provide training and technical assistance, among other things. Here we bring you the second of…

A Hint of What's to Come from India

Audacia Ray, Online Communications and Campaigns Program Officer at IWHC, is traveling in India for two weeks with Asia Program Officer Khushbu Srivastava.  During the trip, Audacia and Khushbu will visit our partners in the region, document their work, and provide training and technical assistance, among other things. You’ll be hearing from Audacia about her travels,…