Young women and girls in Bolivia are facing a rise in sexual violence since the COVID-19 pandemic began—and Ipas has partnered with the country’s ministry of education to tackle the problem.
Ipas Bolivia Director: Malena Morales Abortion is only legal in Bolivia in cases of rape, incest and immediate risk to a woman’s health or life. Consequently, unsafe abortion is the third leading cause of maternal death, and an estimated 185 women undergo clandestine...
Abortion is legally restricted in Bolivia, so many women and girls seek to end unwanted pregnancies themselves using medical abortion drugs they obtain from pharmacies or elsewhere. Recognizing the possible harm these women and girls will face if they don’t have accurate information on how to safely use the medications, Ipas Bolivia has adopted a […]
Malena Morales, Directora de Ipas Bolivia, explica por qué es defensora apasionada del derecho al aborto Malena Morales, Directora de Ipas Bolivia, se incorporó a Ipas en 1999 y sirvió como asesora médica y coordinadora de proyectos de múltiples años de duración—entre ellos uno sobre atención postaborto y uno para mejorar la respuesta a la […]
Their grassroots movement broke the silence on the need for safe, legal abortion Historic law change doesn’t happen overnight. In Bolivia, a grassroots movement for safe, legal abortion has been building for many years, harnessing the power of leaders from across the country’s diverse population—which has more than 30 indigenous groups. As momentum grew for […]
A social media initiative promoting the decriminalization of abortion in Bolivia scored international attention and the country’s first feminist hashtag to trend widely on Twitter: #DespenalizaMiDecisión (or “Decriminalize my decision” in English). To demonstrate the public’s support for legal abortion and women’s right to choose, the National Pact for the Decriminalization of Abortion in Bolivia, […]
The social networking mobile application WhatsApp—which allows users to send messages, create groups of contacts, and share videos and images for free via wireless Internet from their smart phones—is increasingly popular around the world. And in Bolivia, Ipas is finding success using WhatsApp to connect young people with information on sexual and reproductive health and […]
Ipas Bolivia has launched a new initiative to increase women’s access to safe, legal abortion services in the public health system—an important step forward just two years after Bolivia’s highest court ruled to end a requirement for judicial authorization for women seeking legal abortions. In partnership with Bolivia’s Ministry of Justice, Ipas will train law […]