Monday, March 30, 2009

Various happenings abroad  

In Brazil, debates over abortion are raging. Brazil has more Catholics than any other country and some of the strictest abortion laws in Latin America. Most of the abortions performed there are not legal. Though Brazil has moved in the past two decades from having just one abortion clinic to 55 in the whole country, they are still not enough. Many women have to travel hours to obtain an abortion, and anti-choice advocates are pushing to tighten rules even further. In our fight for reproductive rights, we cannot exclude helping women abroad.

In Cuba, The National Centre for Sex Education launched an anti-homophobia campaign. The opening event of the campaign was a forum and a debate, held at the University of Havana. Other events that will be held include workshops, small group meetings, and talks. Furthermore, on May 16th, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia will be celebrated in Havana. A small step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go.

In Spain, the State Network of Feminist Organizations launched a campaign to support the liberalization of abortion laws. Abortion law reform is part of the social change program undertaken by Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. Though reformation has earned solid support, thousands of protests have broken out in support of keeping existing abortion laws. This past weekend, thousands of anti-abortion protesters marched in Madrid and Spain.

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