Latin America and the Caribbean
With SAAF funding, Socorristas works to extend access to safe abortion, especially to young people and girls; to monitor the quality of abortion practices and arrange referrals; and to create activities to destigmatize abortion.
Visit the Socorristas en Red - Feministas que Abortamos website.
Manodiversa's project will address the reproductive healthcare needs of lesbian and bisexual women and trans men, especially those who are indigenous, Afro-descendent, and/or living in rural and peri-urban areas. Access by these populations to sexual and reproductive health services, including abortion services, is limited, despite an evidenced need. The SAAF-funded work will generate evidence for planning state/civil society policies and programs, empower the target population, provide skills and equipment to providers and health centres to generate LGBT friendly spaces, and disseminate the evidence produced with the women's movement, LGBT activists and legislators in Bolivia.
Visit the Manodiversa website.
Visit the Anis – Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender website.
In Brazil, abortion is both criminalized (except in cases of rape, fetal anencephaly and risk to the life of the woman) and heavily stigmatized. A 2019 study showed that fewer than half of the hospitals the Brazilian Ministry of Health identified as providing legal abortion actually provide care.
Bloco A works with healthcare providers to deliver compassionate, high-quality care for women seeking abortion and post-abortion care in Brazil, and promotes a harm-reduction approach to mitigate the harmful effects of unsafe abortion. This includes piloting a training course for nursing and medical students, the findings of which will be used to strengthen efforts to change clinical attitudes towards abortion by advocating for the adoption of a harm-reduction policy in Brazil.
Visit the Bloco A website.
Witnessing increasing threats to women's rights and abortion access from a far-right conservative Government, and an increased conservatism amongst the public, IPG is conducting research and awareness raising to ensure greater public understanding of reproductive rights, especially the right to access abortion in the case of rape.
Visit the Instituto Patrícia Galvão – Mídia e Direitos website.
Si Mujer FOundation
Despite a 2006 Constitutional Court ruling in Colombia that decriminalised abortion in three exceptions (including when the pregnancy poses a risk to the woman’s health), informal estimates suggest that less than 10% of abortions are carried out legally. Si Mujer's project addresses the lack of knowledge and incorrect information that persists on abortion among poor marginalised communities, while also challenging the gender inequalities which act as barriers to abortion, particularly among young marginalised women in Cali (the largest city in the southwest of Colombia and home to the largest number of internally displaced people in the region).
The project mobilises, trains and supports adolescents and young people to act as sexual and reproductive health and rights activists in their communities. The young people sensitise, raise awareness, educate on sexual health and rights, with a focus on abortion legislation, as well as identify and refer women in need of abortions to the organisations' own clinics where they will receive care free-of-charge.
Colectivo Joven is a youth centered organisation which, with SAAF funding, aims to work directly with adolescents and young people in the municipality of Jalapa, providing comprehensive sexuality education focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights. They also work with public health personnel, to educate them on the taboos that exist in relation to abortion, and to reduce barriers to providing therapeutic abortion, which is legally permissible.
Visit the Asociación Civil, Colectivo para la Participación de la Infancia y Juventud (COPIJ) website.
Aside from granting financial and logistical support for those seeking abortions, the MARIA Fund trains and works with voluntary abortion doulas who provide comprehensive accompaniment to women throughout their abortion experience. It also engages on research focused on stigma-reduction, and strengthens the skills of those working for safe abortion in their states.
Visit the Balance Promoción para el Desarrollo y Juventud AC website.
In Mexico, Veracruz has the second highest number of child pregnancies in the country; health service providers and public prosecutors are unaware of the regulations in force regarding the services they must provide to pregnant girls under 15. There is also a lack of information in the general population about the rights of these girls.
Equifonia promotes an inter-institutional coordination mechanism that guarantees access to justice and health, including legal abortion; this requires training of health and justice personnel, budget allocation and the implementation of improvement processes for adequate care in all cases.
Visit the Equifonía website.
Their SAAF funded work strengthens the capacities of a network of young volunteers from the communities of Bilwi, Bonanza, Rosita and Waspan on the northern Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. The aim is to combat negative social norms and attitudes with respect to the right to decide about one's body. This is done through educational activities in communities such as informative talks, fairs and meetings between young people, which contribute to and motivate social changes in behaviour, creating awareness and autonomy, transforming ideas, beliefs, values and practices that cement the right to decide.
Visit the Asociación Red de Mujeres Afrolatinoamericanas, Afrocaribeñas y de la Diáspora (RMAAD) website.
Flora Tristán hold public actions and work with opinion and political leaders to advance the campaign to legalise abortion in cases of rape and foetal abnormalities. They do this by working directly with smaller advocacy and youth groups in Lima and Cusco, supporting them to promote sexual and reproductive rights and strengthening their campaigns on the decriminalization of abortion.
Visit the Centro de la Mujer Peruana Flora Tristán website.
With SAAF funding, CLACAI seeks to strengthen the capacity of its members in defending, promoting and expanding access to safe abortion by confronting opposition groups that have accentuated their presence in the Region, activating human rights mechanisms. One of the main objectives of this work is to strengthen legal defense actions of member organizations in the face of threats from anti-choice groups.
Visit the Consorcio Latinoamericano Contra el Aborto Inseguro (CLACAI) website.