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The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 27 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 20 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

IPPF responds to the Global Gag rule
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| 29 January 2017

The Global Gag Rule: IPPF's Projects at Risk

What is the Global GAG Rule? The Mexico City Policy, known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR), denies US funding to organiztions like IPPF if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country.  The rule blocks critical funding for health services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organization that refuses to sign up to it.  When it has been enacted by previous Republican Presidents, evidence has shown that the rule has not reduced the number of abortions; rather, by eliminating access to contraception, it has led to more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions.      Related Article: IPPF Speaks out Against the Global Gag Rule How will the Global GAG Rule affect IPPF? IPPF's services apply an integrated approach. This means that any funding the federation loses could have a knock-on effect on array of services.   For example, people who are getting voluntary family planning information, education and services may also need other types of healthcare like HIV testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening, infertility support or delivering maternal health services in humanitarian settings. Our integrated approach also covers work on sexual and gender based violence like rape, female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage. What will Happen? As a global SRH service delivery organization, IPPF has been partnering with USAID, the largest global voluntary FP donor for decades to increase access to reproductive health services.   Currently, millions of men and women in the poorest and hardest to reach communities are accessing SRH services due to USAID support. With the GGR reinstated, many of these people will no longer have access to essential reproductive health services. Related Article: IPPF: Why we will not Sign the Global Gag Rule

IPPF responds to the Global Gag rule
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| 29 January 2017

The Global Gag Rule: IPPF's Projects at Risk

What is the Global GAG Rule? The Mexico City Policy, known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR), denies US funding to organiztions like IPPF if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country.  The rule blocks critical funding for health services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organization that refuses to sign up to it.  When it has been enacted by previous Republican Presidents, evidence has shown that the rule has not reduced the number of abortions; rather, by eliminating access to contraception, it has led to more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions.      Related Article: IPPF Speaks out Against the Global Gag Rule How will the Global GAG Rule affect IPPF? IPPF's services apply an integrated approach. This means that any funding the federation loses could have a knock-on effect on array of services.   For example, people who are getting voluntary family planning information, education and services may also need other types of healthcare like HIV testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening, infertility support or delivering maternal health services in humanitarian settings. Our integrated approach also covers work on sexual and gender based violence like rape, female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage. What will Happen? As a global SRH service delivery organization, IPPF has been partnering with USAID, the largest global voluntary FP donor for decades to increase access to reproductive health services.   Currently, millions of men and women in the poorest and hardest to reach communities are accessing SRH services due to USAID support. With the GGR reinstated, many of these people will no longer have access to essential reproductive health services. Related Article: IPPF: Why we will not Sign the Global Gag Rule

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 27 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

The Mahe Declaration - Abortion Motion Adopted!
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| 20 July 2017

Access to safe abortion care and services promoted by the newly inaugurated SADC Women’s Parliament

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Inaugural Women’s Parliament has adopted The Access to Safe Abortion motion which was tabled by Honourable Thuli Dladla Member of Parliament of Swaziland. The adoption comes after a one-day meeting held on the 5th of July 2017 at the Eden Bleu Hotel, Mahe Island, Seychelles which was attended by Female Parliamentarians from the SADC States, Government Officials as well as representatives from IPPF Africa Region and other Civil Society Organisations. While moving the motion, Honourable Thuli Dladla told the House that the Commission had observed the general absence of Policy Standards and Guidelines on Safe Abortion in the SADC Region and further indicated that South Africa, Mozambique and Zambia had enacted progressive laws on access to safe abortion while Seychelles allows for abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are still limited grounds for abortion in other Southern Africa States. The motion recommends that the Forum (SADC-PF) must, among others, spearhead: the development of a Model Law on Access to Safe Abortion in the SADC Region; Member Parliaments must convene in-country consultations with young women and girls on Access to Safe Abortion; The Forum should urge all SADC Member Parliaments to decriminalise laws on abortion; Members of Parliament must promote peer learning and exchange visits to promote sharing of knowledge on access to reproductive health; A SADC Regional Consultative meeting for young women on access to safe abortion must be convened; and Member Parliaments must ensure that laws governing the age of consent must not restrict access to sexual and reproductive health services. The motion was seconded by Hon. Patricia Kainga, Member of Parliament, Malawi. Seconding the motion, Hon Kainga noted that the right to health requires the removal of all barriers interfering with access to health services, education and information, including sexual and reproductive health. Hon Kainga further stated that: “We must urgently give effect to the Protocol of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) which explicitly recognizes that the right to health includes access to safe and legal abortion, at a minimum, in certain circumstances.’’

IPPF responds to the Global Gag rule
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| 29 January 2017

The Global Gag Rule: IPPF's Projects at Risk

What is the Global GAG Rule? The Mexico City Policy, known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR), denies US funding to organiztions like IPPF if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country.  The rule blocks critical funding for health services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organization that refuses to sign up to it.  When it has been enacted by previous Republican Presidents, evidence has shown that the rule has not reduced the number of abortions; rather, by eliminating access to contraception, it has led to more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions.      Related Article: IPPF Speaks out Against the Global Gag Rule How will the Global GAG Rule affect IPPF? IPPF's services apply an integrated approach. This means that any funding the federation loses could have a knock-on effect on array of services.   For example, people who are getting voluntary family planning information, education and services may also need other types of healthcare like HIV testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening, infertility support or delivering maternal health services in humanitarian settings. Our integrated approach also covers work on sexual and gender based violence like rape, female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage. What will Happen? As a global SRH service delivery organization, IPPF has been partnering with USAID, the largest global voluntary FP donor for decades to increase access to reproductive health services.   Currently, millions of men and women in the poorest and hardest to reach communities are accessing SRH services due to USAID support. With the GGR reinstated, many of these people will no longer have access to essential reproductive health services. Related Article: IPPF: Why we will not Sign the Global Gag Rule

IPPF responds to the Global Gag rule
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| 29 January 2017

The Global Gag Rule: IPPF's Projects at Risk

What is the Global GAG Rule? The Mexico City Policy, known as the Global Gag Rule (GGR), denies US funding to organiztions like IPPF if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country.  The rule blocks critical funding for health services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organization that refuses to sign up to it.  When it has been enacted by previous Republican Presidents, evidence has shown that the rule has not reduced the number of abortions; rather, by eliminating access to contraception, it has led to more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions.      Related Article: IPPF Speaks out Against the Global Gag Rule How will the Global GAG Rule affect IPPF? IPPF's services apply an integrated approach. This means that any funding the federation loses could have a knock-on effect on array of services.   For example, people who are getting voluntary family planning information, education and services may also need other types of healthcare like HIV testing and treatment, cervical cancer screening, infertility support or delivering maternal health services in humanitarian settings. Our integrated approach also covers work on sexual and gender based violence like rape, female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage. What will Happen? As a global SRH service delivery organization, IPPF has been partnering with USAID, the largest global voluntary FP donor for decades to increase access to reproductive health services.   Currently, millions of men and women in the poorest and hardest to reach communities are accessing SRH services due to USAID support. With the GGR reinstated, many of these people will no longer have access to essential reproductive health services. Related Article: IPPF: Why we will not Sign the Global Gag Rule