Parents and religious groups have criticized the government’s plan to teach sexuality education to children as young as 3. Meanwhile, police report a rise in cases of sexual abuse of children, and some civil society groups say the delay in educating them is partly to blame.
In DRC, abortion is severely restricted, but that hasn’t stopped women from seeking the procedure at public and private hospitals. These women risk prison time – but the consequences of inducing an abortion at home could be even worse.
The country's health care system was already in chaos – then doctors went on strike. Soon after they returned to work, the coronavirus outbreak started. Expectant mothers face a gnawing uncertainty about where they can safely deliver.
In many parts of India, women still struggle against the taboo of their periods and often don’t have the hygiene products they need. Now, female entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands and producing the products themselves.
Until in vitro fertilization was introduced in Zimbabwe in the late 1980s, medical fertility treatment was scarce here. Though pricey, the treatment is more accessible now, but for women who face cultural stigma and risk of ridicule, cost may be the least of their concerns.
In 2017, the United States reenacted a policy that dramatically limited how reproductive healthcare providers around the world could use its money. But proving the policy’s actual impact on reproductive health programs worldwide, from Nepal to Zimbabwe, is difficult: Some providers found funding elsewhere, while others are reluctant to share information about their work, leading to a lack of data.
For pregnant women traveling north from Central America, the trip is often a harsh and bumpy ride. Healthcare provided by shelters in Mexican towns and cities are providing them with much-needed relief.
Abortion is illegal in most of Mexico’s states, with the exception of the capital. Being accused of having one anywhere else can result in several years in prison – even if it was actually a miscarriage.