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Reproductive health stories from Pathfinder and beyond

The World is Calling for Change

Today is a day of beginnings at Pathfinder. It is the first of the month, the start of a new fiscal year, and importantly, today is the official start of a new five-year strategy. Looking beyond 2015, we must advance sexual and reproductive health and rights globally by catalyzing change locally. We must do it now.

A Rocky Road for the World’s Women

Today is a challenging day for me. Usually, I can find inspiration in the rights American women enjoy, and the access to high-quality healthcare that exists here in the States. Today, however, the road to global progress feels rocky.

Country: Peru
Focus Area: Abortion

Courageous Pioneers: 50 Years in Kenya

For 50 years, Pathfinder International has served millions of women, men, and young people across Kenya. Today, we celebrate our proudest, most groundbreaking achievements. And we thank the dedicated and passionate partners, donors, and staff that made them possible.

11 Global Health Reads to Pick Up This Week (As Recommended by Pathfinder Staff)

It’s officially spring and World Health Day is on its way (April 7th)! I don’t know about you, but I often enjoy the weather with book in hand. Here are eleven great global health reads as recommended by Pathfinder staff.

The World’s Young Women Speak On Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion

Photo of woman with abortion protest sign in Mozambique

The Postabortion Care Consortium recently asked young people from around the world to share their perspectives on abortion care. Here's what they had to say.

A Morning Reflection

Abortion in Spain

Driving into work today, I was struck by the beauty of a single Boston skyscraper lit up in the gold tones of sunrise against an otherwise grey New England morning. In an instant my bliss was shattered by the radio newscaster’s voice.

Focus Area: Abortion

Voices from Mozambique: Discussing Ongoing Efforts to Advocate for Safe and Legal Abortion for Women Everywhere

Mozambique Safe Abortion

In honor of the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, Pathfinder spoke with colleagues in Mozambique about the environment for safe abortion and how Mozambique will celebrate this momentous day.

Country: Mozambique
Focus Area: Abortion, Advocacy

Remaining Challenges to Providing Safe Abortion in South Africa: Q&A with Pathfinder's Zandile Bakaco

South African Safe Abortion

Pathfinder's Project Coordinator and Nurse Mentor Zandile Bakaco answers questions about the challenges that still remain in providing safe abortion to women and girls in South Africa.

Country: South Africa
Focus Area: Abortion

"My Notorious Life": An Ode to the World's Strong, Courageous Advocates for Choice

There are many words that come to mind when describing Axie Muldoon, the protagonist in Kate Manning’s latest novel, My Notorious Life. Among them, “fiery,” “enterprising,” “spirited,” “scrappy,” and, at times, “insecure.” But one stands above them all—“strong.”

Open Letter from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer: Congressional Ban on Abortion Care Coverage Unacceptable

In the early 1970s, I spent two unforgettable years in Punjab, India. It left me with lasting friendships and played a major role in how I see the world, myself, and what I have done with my life since. The Peace Corps instilled in me a desire to see women everywhere empowered to take charge of their lives.

Focus Area: Abortion, Advocacy

Postabortion Care: Two Decades of Uneven Progress and Where We Go From Here

In May, the Postabortion Care (PAC) Consortium convened at the world’s largest conference on the advancing the status of women and girls: Women Deliver. Although we gathered in part to celebrate the progress made on the postabortion care front, the celebration was tempered.

Focus Area: Abortion

Can't Join Us for Women Deliver? Follow the Action in Kuala Lumpur Online

Can't join us for Women Deliver? You can still take part in the conference by watching live streams directly from the conference here. Join the conversation by letting us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook.

Sign Our Petition: Tell El Salvador's Supreme Court to Save Beatriz's Life

Beatriz wants to live, but she is being denied a life-saving medical intervention. Sign our petition asking the Supreme Court to permit the abortion she has requested. Together, we could help save a life.

Focus Area: Abortion

Three Must-Reads for Daring Women (in honor of Women's History Month & International Women's Day)

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to read so many books—and I’m a pretty voracious reader. Just in time for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, here are three books about the state of the world’s women—two from international leaders and one from a US business executive. All showcase the importance of fighting for change.

Irish Case Shows Need for Clarity in Abortion Legislation Worldwide

Photo of woman with abortion protest sign in Mozambique

Last week, the world’s attention was captured by a young woman who died in an Irish hospital after being denied a voluntary abortion. It is difficult not to see parallels between her case and the fates of too many women who remain unable to get access to safe abortion.

Country: Mozambique
Focus Area: Abortion

Snapshots of Safe and Unsafe Abortion Around the World

Photo by Jaime-Alexis Fowler

On Friday, September 28, Pathfinder International joins thousands around the world for the Global Day of Action for Safe, Legal Abortion. We asked a few of our stellar staff around the world for their thoughts and stories about the importance of safe abortion.

Country: Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania
Focus Area: Abortion

Civil Society Organizes to Change the Abortion Laws and Policy in Mozambique

Photo by Julia Monaghan

Civil society in Mozambique is organizing to impact abortion policy, in order to ensure widespread access to safe, affordable, and non-discriminatory abortion services.

No More Russian Roulette: Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe For Women Around the World

In response to the 20/20 special, "Giving Life: A Risky Proposition," Daniel E. Pellegrom highlights the consequences of unsafe abortion and the key technology of the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment.

Dying While Giving Life: Lack of Access and Equality are Killing Women

Christy Turlington Burns' Documentary "No Woman, No Cry" stresses the importance of maternal morality by sharing stories of at-risk pregnant women in rural Tanzania, a slum in Bangladesh, a postabortion ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.


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