Africa

Road to Reform in Rwanda

Anne wanted only to get the education that would be the path to a better life. Instead she wound up in a prison in Rwanda, where women have for years been victims of extreme abortion laws. …

Road to Reform in Rwanda

Anne wanted only to get the education that would be the path to a better life. Instead she wound up in a prison in Rwanda, where women have for years been victims of extreme abortion laws. …

Salon: Imprisoned for giving birth

"Only 43 percent of births in Kenya happen in a health facility (for reference, in 2009, 98.9 percent of births in the U.S. took place in a hospital). …

Understanding the Legal and Policy Framework on Abortion in Uganda

Abortion is legal in Uganda when done to preserve the life or mental or physical health of the pregnant woman, understood to include cases of sexual violence…

WHO Report: Safe Abortion is Essential to Protecting Women’s Human Rights

(PRESS RELEASE) Providing women across the globe with access to safe and legal abortion services is essential to realizing and protecting their fundamental human rights, according to the updated safe abortion guidance issued this week by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Civil Society Declaration for Global Fammily Planning Summit

International human rights groups are urging world leaders attending next month’s global Family Planning Summit to ensure that any effort to increase the use of contraceptives be a part of a broader strategy to improve comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care and uphold sexual and…

Global Advocates: Family Planning Summit Must Put Women's Human Rights First

(PRESS RELEASE) International human rights groups are urging world leaders attending next month’s global Family Planning Summit to ensure that any effort to increase the use of contraceptives be a part of a broader strategy to improve comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care and uphold…

CRR Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty years ago on June 15, 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights opened its doors…

Rwandan President Must Decriminalize Abortion, Pass New Penal Code

(PRESS RELEASE) The Center for Reproductive Rights and Rwandan advocates are calling on President Paul Kagame to sign into law a new penal code that would remove criminal penalties for a woman who terminates her pregnancy and for doctors who perform abortions in cases of rape, incest, or forced…

A Call for Action in Kenya

On May 3, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights released an exhaustive report on the state of the country's sexual and reproductive rights. And the Commission stated, in no uncertain terms, that the Kenyan government has much work to do to ensure that the country's people are protected and respected when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health. This is one of the first reports from a national human rights institution on these issues in the region…

Our Work in Focus

Reproductive and sexual rights, which are guaranteed in international and regional human rights treaties, mean nothing if they are not recognized and enforced by national-level courts…
On September 17, 2015, the High Court of Kenya issued a groundbreaking judgment in the case of Millicent Awuor (Maimuna) & Margaret Anyoso Oliele v. Attorney General and others, Constitutional Petition No. 562 of 2012…