Womankind’s statement on reproductive rights

At Womankind, we work towards securing a world where the rights of all women are respected, valued and realised; a world where women can live free from all forms of violence. Discriminatory and patriarchal laws that deny women the enjoyment of their basic human rights are one such form of violence against women that we are working to end.

We unequivocally believe that all women have the right to make informed decisions about their own bodies, health and future – and stand in solidarity with women in the USA who are enduring this rollback of rights. We also stand with our partners and other movements and organisations across the globe working to protect and secure reproductive healthcare rights and services.

The evidence is clear: global data shows that restricting access to abortion does not prevent people seeking abortions, but instead dramatically increases the number of unsafe procedures, therefore putting women’s lives and psychological wellbeing at risk. We also know that banning abortions disproportionately affects marginalised women and can perpetuate a cycle of poverty, domestic violence and gender inequality. 

What has happened in the USA is not only an attack on women’s bodily autonomy and integrity, but it is also an assault on women’s rights and human rights as a whole. Now more than ever, it’s time to support women’s rights organisations and feminist movements in mobilising against anti-rights groups and sentiments.  

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