Thousands march in Dublin 30 September (40,000 reported by RTE ; 30,000 reported by Irish Times). In her opening speech, Abortion Rights Campaign member Angela Coraccio said the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which gives equal rights to a fetus as to the woman carrying it, is “an instrument of torture” and described the country’s current abortion laws as “barbaric”. Irish Times30 September 2017 + ARC Video
The Global March for Choicewas organised by Repeal Global. Events were announced on their Facebook page in solidarity in: London, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Utrecht, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, New York, Portland, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto – and Moscow joined too!
How many is enough? London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign made a mark on the pavement outside the Irish Embassy for each of the 205,704 who have been exiled from Ireland for safe abortions in the UK since 1983.
SFBLSP – Association des droits de la femme, BURUNDI
VIDEO: La dépénalisation de l’avortement sans risques, possible au Burundi? IWACU WEB TV
The video shows some of the speakers at a meeting organised by SFBLSP–Burundi "Association des droits de la femme" on the decriminalisation of abortion and whether it is possible in Burundi, and also shows interviews with several of the participants.
First safe abortion hotline in Brazil launched on 28 Sept
The first safe abortion information hotline in the history of Brazil was launched on 28 September 2017. The hotline's name is TamoJunta, which means "we are together" in Brazilian slang. The website is http://tamojunta.milharal.org and the phone number is +55 (11) 4349-6230. They can be reached on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9h-12h /15h30-18h30 and on Saturdays from 9h-13h. For the inaugural day on 28 September, they were working from 8h to 20h.
TMJ – TaMoJuntA é uma iniciativa que busca dar às mulheres brasileiras maior autonomia sobre seu corpo a partir da oferta de informação de qualidade sobre protocolos médicos e de saúde internacionais que orientam o procedimento de aborto. O aborto é legal no Brasil nos casos de estupro, risco de vida para a grávida ou anencefalia. Somos uma iniciativa independente e auto-financiada. Por isso, doações são muito importantes. É através delas que mantemos nossa linha telefônica funcionando, e é a partir delas que poderemos expandir nossos horários de atendimento ou obter números com outros DDDs no futuro.
Todas as nossas atendentes são treinadas em instituições de atuação internacional especializadas nesse tipo de serviço (orientação telefônica para informação sobre aborto seguro). Países como Inglaterra, México, Holanda, Polônia, Alemanha, Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, Sudão e Índia possuem serviços desse tipo, em funcionamento graças a organizações de terceiro setor. O atendimento é 100% anônimo e confidencial, feito a partir de uma estrutura segura de telefonia digital.
SPACE ALLIES, JAPAN
Feminist festival draws 500 participants, Tokyo
On September 29, we held a big feminist festival in the Metropolitan Tokyo area, in which more than 500 women gathered. Most participants are the leaders of the women’s liberation movements since the 1970s. The list of participants included an incumbent member of parliament, an ex-member of parliament, and many feminist musicians. In this festival, along with many feminist songs and dances, the leaders of various area of the women’s liberation movements made a speech of their outcomes and prospects of the movements, including reproductive rights movement, lesbian movement, women’s movement against gender pay-gap through court fight, movement against violence against women, movement of women living with disabilities, peace movement, anti-patriarchy collective house movement, and movement creating women’s space, and so on. Ms. Sumie Asatori (photo), the organizer of the festival and the president of the NGO Space Allies, said “Today is International Safe Abortion Day. Let’s remember it. We have to end the criminalization of abortion at the latest before our generation retires.” She also called for efforts to decriminalize abortion all over the world.
E-mail from: Fumi Suzuki, Space Allies
LES JEUNES DE BURKINA FASO & BENIN
Lutte contre la Stigmatisation Liée à l'avortement - ABBEF/Projet Packard
+ Où en est l'accès à l'avortement dans le monde ?
INFOGRAPHIES - Pour la Journée mondiale du droit à l'avortement, Le Figaro revient sur l'accès à l'interruption volontaire de grossesse. Un droit parfois bien fragile et accessible pour seulement 39,5% des femmes.
À l'occasion de la Journée mondiale pour le droit à l'avortement, des rassemblements sont organisés ce jeudi à Paris et dans 25 villes françaises, sous le slogan «les femmes décident». Des mouvements semblables se déroulent dans toutes les capitales européennes. Le Figaro dresse un état des lieux de cette pratique, généralisée en Occident mais encore interdite dans de nombreux pays.
1,150 people demonstrated outside the European institutions in Brussels
They marched from the Parc du Cinquantenaire to the Schuman Roundabout where speeches were made. Marcela de la Pena Valdivia, the coordinator for the march, says that a setback is now felt. “Some European countries are still prohibiting abortion, such as Malta, Ireland and Poland, except for example when the woman is in any form of danger. In Ireland, the woman must prove that she is suicidal. Having to prove that a woman is in this form of distress is not acknowledging that a woman can consciously decide not to have a child, for any given reason or reasons.” She argued for harmonisation from above for abortion rights, orchestrated by European directives. “Female sexuality is not laid down as a tenet of fundamental human rights at European Union level, giving each country the right to decide on abortion.” The petition intended for MEPs on the issue already has some 22,000 signatures.
How does IWHC advocate for women and girls on this issue?
> We advance global policies.
> We advocate for repeal of the Global Gag Rule in the US.
> We partner with local groups.
> We convene experts to share knowledge.
> We support global campaigns. https://iwhc.org/take-action/
La Revuelta, Colectiva Feminista, Argentina
FOHA (Fortress of Hope Africa), Kenya
Reseau d’Action et d’Information pour les Femmes (RAIF), República Democrática do Congo
Fundación Cultura de Mujer
Fem, South Africa
Women's Promotion Centre, Tanzania
SOS Femme, Enfant en Catastrophe (SOSFEC), República Democrática do Congo
M de Mujer, México
Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion
FPA KALCHINI BRANCH, INDIA
Free abortion services for 28 Sept
The Kalchini branch of the Family Planning Association of India observed International Safe Abortion Day by setting up a free abortion camp at their office in Kalchini today. A member of the association, Tushar Chakraborty said that along with the camp being set up in their office, free abortion services will also be available in various other parts of Kalchini.
This international day of action is built around four principles: 1) access to safe and legal abortion is a human right; 2) human rights need to be respected, protected, and fulfilled; 3) no one’s health or life should be at risk because abortion services are not available; and 4) abortion should not be restricted, prohibited, or criminalized. RHAP’s work is centered around fulfilling these 4 principles. To mark International Safe Abortion Day in the United States, RHAP will be asking you to join us in letting our state and federal officials know what still needs to be done in the United States to ensure that everyone, everywhere is able to access abortion safely and with respect.