New studies show benefits of increasing women’s access to medical abortion in South Africa

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Even though abortion is legal in South Africa for a broad range of indications, many women still encounter barriers when trying to access safe abortion care. Medical abortion, or abortion with pills, is not available in all areas of South Africa and has the potential to greatly improve women’s abortion access. Two new articles by researchers from Ibis Reproductive Health, Ipas, the ...

Dispatch from CSW 61

Friday, March 24, 2017

From the 13th-24th of March, world leaders, country delegations and human rights advocates attended the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. This year’s CSW focused on women’s economic empowerment. Similar to years past, Ipas representatives attended to ensure women’s and girls’ reproductive rights are included in the outcome ...

The crisis of reproductive care in humanitarian settings

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

An estimated 26 million women and girls of reproductive age live in refugee camps and other crisis settings around the world. They experience increased levels of exploitation, sexual violence and transactional sex, which can lead to unwanted pregnancy. But their access to contraception, safe abortion care and other reproductive health services is often minimal or nonexistent. Much of the problem ...

Signs of progress in the ‘complicated reality’ of abortion in Zambia

Monday, March 20, 2017

Abortion is legal in Zambia, but as the authors of a new study note, “the reality is far more complicated.” Very few women know they have the right to have an abortion or know where to seek this care. Unsafe abortions have caused unnecessary deaths in Zambia, even among women who have the right to a safe and legal abortion. With the goal of introducing and scaling up abortion services ...

How does intimate partner violence influence reproductive health?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Research has shown for some time that physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a woman’s husband or sexual partner leads to poor reproductive health outcomes. But two recent Ipas-led studies conducted in Bangladesh shed light on some specific questions: What influence does intimate partner violence have on reproductive outcomes among women seeking abortion and on women’s ...

On International Women's Day, Ipas reflects and resists

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Since the early 1900s, people have celebrated this day, calling for women’s rights, gender equity, peace and progress. In 2017, International Women’s Day will build on the momentum and action of the Women’s March around the world—when millions of women, men and children took to the streets January 21, the day after ...