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Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law

After decades battling high maternal death rates - at least a third of which were due to botched abortions - Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives. 


El Salvador: Press Release - Citizens Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic, Ethical and Eugenic Abortion

El Salvador 13 August 2014

To the Salvadoran citizenship, civil society organizations, the media and public institutions, we express the following:

One of the major print media outlets in El Salvador has recently published articles expressing opinions and information related to our organizations and their activities in the defence of women’s rights. Specifically regarding the unjust criminalization and imprisonment of women for reasons related to abortion with aggravated murder sentences of up to 40 years.


The Guardian view on Ireland’s new abortion law: no choice at all

Ireland’s abortion act promised access to abortion at least in a few cases. In practice, it seems to have made no difference at all


Iraq: The UN Must Take Immediate Action To Prevent Further Mass Atrocities Against Minorities

The UN Security Council (UNSC) should rapidly take new action to protect the Yazidis community in Nothern Iraq from further abuses by the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and affiliated terrorist groups and prevent further advancement of the so-called “Islamic State” into Iraq but also into other neighbouring countries such as Syria and Lebanon. 


A pregnant, suicidal rape victim fought Ireland's new abortion law. The law won

Anti-abortion activists claim that legal restrictions are in the best interests of women, but they never are.


Ireen Dubel on the results of the Millennium Development Goals for women

At the beginning of this millennium, UN Member States agreed to achieve significant results in terms of poverty, education, health and the environment by 2015. Ireen Dubel, ​​women's rights specialist at Hivos, gave her own progress report on Millennium Development Goal 3: Men and women have the same rights.


Who will condemn the sexual enslavement of Iraq’s minority women?

Slavery and rape are being used as weapons of war by Isis against Yazidi and Christian women, yet rights activists are silent


Religious minority women of Iraq: time to speak up

While the annihilation of religious minorities in Iraq is being systematically enacted, we cannot ignore how the intersection of religious affiliation, gender and geographic location are influencing both the nature of violence perpetrated and its outcomes. Feminists cannot remain silent on the atrocities perpetrated on minority women’s bodies in Iraq.


Solidarity with imprisoned activists, with or without Facebook

On the 23rd of June, I opened Facebook and found news that two friends had been arrested after participating in protests on the other side of the world. Natalie Lowrey is an Australian environmental activist who was arrested in Malaysia on 22 June during a peaceful action against Australian-owned Lynas Corporation’s rare earth plant in Malaysia. Yara Sallam is an Egyptian feminist activist who was arrested in Egypt on 21 Juneduring a peaceful demonstration against the country’s anti-protest law. These two women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and friends who I had met at different moments in my activist life were now in jail, and I was alarmed and worried.


Refugees Living a Nightmare in Northern Pakistan

Some fled on foot, others boarded trucks along with luggage, rations and cattle. Many were separated from families, or collapsed from exhaustion along the way. They don’t know where their next meal will come from, or how they will provide for their children.



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