Pushing Boundaries: Advancing safe abortion advocacy in restrictive settings

Start Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:00
End Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 15:00

Netherlands Mission, 666 3rd Avenue 19th floor. New York (US)


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While substantial progress was made towards MDG 5 (reducing maternal mortality and ensuring universal access to reproductive health), limited access to safe and legal abortion services continues to be one of the greatest contributors to maternal mortality, and one of the largest unaddressed barriers to realizing women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

It is often argued that it is difficult to advance the right to access to safe abortion in highly restrictive contexts, due to conservative cultural norms, pervasive abortion-related stigma, discrimination and the criminalization of women and abortion service providers, among other factors.

This session will present evidence to the contrary, illustrating not only that it is possible to increase access to services and reduce stigma in restrictive settings, but also the imperative of ensuring that CSOs are capacitated and supported in order to take advantage of advocacy opportunities as they arise. Moreover, through this event we will illustrate the even more urgent need to continue such advocacy efforts in restrictive settings, in order to mitigate the harmful ripple effects from regressive geopolitical policy developments on SRHR at the global level. 


  • Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 
  • Ms. Payal Shah, Center for Reproductive Rights, USA
  • Ms. Clara Padilla, Engenderights Philippines and Philippine Safe Abortion Advocacy Network (PINSAN)
  • Ms. Chantal Umuhoza, RESURJ, Rwanda


  • Kathy Mulville, Executive Director, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights

The venue can only accommodate up to 80 people, please RSVP  https://goo.gl/forms/qQL9XHbN TmRiw89o2

Light lunch will be served.

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