With the seasons changing, and the pandemic (don’t worry, we won’t mention it again) rendering many of us still confined to our homes, now is an ideal time to lose yourself in a great book! So we’ve compiled a list of recommendations that touch on various aspects of sex, relationships, reproductive rights, and plenty more. Enjoy!
Bennet’s exciting debut novel tells the story of a young Black couple in California who experience an unintended pregnancy. …
Let us start by stating the facts: Unintended pregnancy and abortion are common experiences; abortions take place every day in every part of the world. WHO reports that over half of all unintended pregnancies end in abortion, with around 56 million abortions taking place globally each year. In addition, over 190 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancies but are not using any contraceptive method, highlighting the massive unmet need for contraception at a global scale. In many countries in Africa, the numbers are disproportionately higher.
The right to decide if and when to have a child is a basic human right, and central to reproductive justice and exercising choice. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic however, the forced closure of clinics, disrupted supply chains and limits placed on movement have created massive disruptions to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services including abortion and contraception in several countries. In the United States, some states have gone as far as tagging safe abortion as non-essential, with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) asking WHO to stop describing SRHR as an essential service. …
Access to abortion care in parts of Italy has always been difficult, but with the coronavirus outbreak, the situation has become even more dire and urgent.
Abortion in Italy was legalized in 1974. It was the result of a power struggle for safe abortion between the women’s movement, conservative forces and the Vatican. The text of the Law (N 194) seems liberal and quite progressive but in reality, the feminist victory was not enough to ensure women’s access to the service.
‘Conscientious objection’ of healthcare providers has emerged as a serious obstacle to the effective exercise of the right to abortion care over the past forty years. Doctors refusing care account for approximately 70% of all gynaecologists in Italy — leaving a small number of providers in public hospitals willing to provide the service. …
“Our people are still prepared to come to work knowing that life on the frontline isn’t straightforward.”
I was sent to Liberia in West Africa to respond to an outbreak of Ebola, a form of hemorrhagic fever that is very severe. The outbreak started in December 2013 in the country next door to Liberia. By March of the next year, it had made its way to the capital, and by September things were completely out of control. Ebola had been mistaken as a severe form of malaria and several health workers had become sick and were dying.
There was worry in the informal settlements as there was no access to formal healthcare, and heartbreakingly, in this day and age, despite calling for international assistance and the aid community doing our very best, some days there just wasn’t enough beds to care for the patients. …
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do everything — including how we provide sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) services.
From Japan to Albania to Venezuela, healthcare providers are turning to digital platforms such as Zoom, Facetime and WhatsApp to deliver services that have traditionally been provided face-to-face. These include comprehensive sex education, counselling and consultations for emergency contraceptive.
To put it into perspective, a recent survey of IPPF’s European Network (EN) found that 50% of the EN Members surveyed reported that they are providing SRH programmes through innovative approaches like telemedicine.
These changes may have been ‘forced’ upon healthcare professionals and patients alike but many service providers are starting to wonder what changes this move to telemedicine will have in the long term. …
This pandemic ‘is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.’ — Arundhati Roy
Social distancing, such a double-edged metaphor. Billions of us have been instructed to stay physically distanced from one another to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but have we ever been close? Close enough to feel the pain of fellow human beings experiencing poverty, violence, discrimination, injustice, as our own pain? …
Much of the world has been jolted into a new way of life following the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). With so much uncertainty, fear and anxiety going around, many of us are wondering what we can and should be doing to keep ourselves safe and healthy right now. With that in mind, we’ve put together a few recommendations which might help you out!
Sexual health is still a priority
Officially known as COVID-19, a new strain of coronavirus has now been detected in 159 countries around the world and has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). The illness has already caused thousands of deaths and will have a continued impact on global health systems and economies. One healthcare issue which will certainly be affected is access to safe abortion.
We already know that abortions happen every day, in every country of the world. …
“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” — Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress
Women have always been pivotal in the fight for human rights, but women of color are often overlooked in our history books. That’s why this International Women’s Day, we’re sharing the striking stories of five unique women of color who you might not have heard of — women who refused to stand on the sidelines, and instead implemented their ambitious ideas, shaping history in the process.
Words by Amber Henshaw, Planning & Commissioning Advisor
Charities have long been scorned for using stigmatizing images in their communications, often for fundraising purposes. Rightly so, as a society, we are moving beyond damaging stereotypes — stereotypes that are harmful and often perpetuate a narrative that does not elevate the people, culture, or country the charity serves.
Organizations must start realize the power imbalance between them and the people they use in the communications — who are often service users and, in some cases, minors.
At IPPF, we want not only the people we serve, but the people on the ground doing the work (who are part of the communities they serve), at the forefront of our storytelling. We want to tell their story using their own words with dignity and respect. …