16 voices on abortion access for victims of gender-based violence

Posted by Maria Codina on December 3, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Did you know that one in three women worldwide experiences gender-based violence? Access to safe abortion is an essential part of care for survivors. One in three women worldwide experiences gender-based violence.

Ipas is dedicating 2018’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence—which runs from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25) to Human Rights Day (December 10)—to 16 voices which highlight the importance of safe abortion access for survivors of gender-based violence. Explore the feature to learn about Ipas’s research on gender-based violence, the experiences of Rohingya refugees living in camps in Bangladesh, why training police on victims’ rights is essential, and more.

For this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence—an annual global campaign—we’re highlighting 16 voices on the importance of ensuring violence survivors can access safe abortion care.

“I believe women do not deserve to be forced into motherhood by an act of violence.”
– Ipas Central America Director Marta María Blandón

“I didn’t want to keep a rapist’s baby, so I took the medicine to terminate the pregnancy.”
– Fatima (a pseudonym), a Rohingya refugee, who was 17 when she was beaten, tortured and raped by members of Myanmar’s military

“It’s important for everyone to understand that, when gender-based violence is reported promptly, victims can legally access medical care, including emergency contraception and safe abortion.”
– Dr. Samuel Otu-Nyarko, Deputy Police Commissioner & head of the Ghana Police Public Health Department

“To fully protect the human rights of adolescent girls and young women, we must prevent sexual violence and unwanted pregnancy.”
– Cecilia Espinoza, Ipas senior advocacy advisor


You can read the 16 voices by using this link.

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