Gender violence is still a grim reality

Friday, December 29, 2017

[N]umerous instances have been reported where women have been denied termination of pregnancy services for pregnancies arising out of rape, incest and sexual violence. There is also the rising issue of women and girls being forced by the police to keep the pregnancy in cases of incest or rape to preserve the infant to be used to retrieve DNA for evidence while prosecuting the perpetrator.

This is unacceptable. These statistics are a wake-up call for the government to safeguard the inalienable right of human dignity of women against sexual gender-based violence by reforming and aligning our laws to conform with international laws, standards and practice, especially on decriminalisation of abortion and provision of abortion services to victims of sexual violence.