D&P’s African Pro-Abortion Partners

The following page outlines the support given by Development & Peace, the Canadian Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishop’s official aid and development arm, to pro-abortion and other anti-life groups and organizations. Immediately below each name you will see a link to a report on D&P’s website, listing the group as a “partner”.  The section after this link then reports on the group’s position on abortion, contraception, and/or some other anti-family program. The source of this information is provided from the group’s website or other credible sources, such as other pro-abortion groups.

D&P ABORTION SCANDAL INDEX PAGE

BENIN

The research and first drafts of the chapters were undertaken by the following organizations, lawyers, and magistrates: Maitre Félicienne Ayayi of the Association des femmes juristes
du Bénin (AFJB) for Benin
….(p.3)

“While maternal mortality is a serious health concern for African women, it is crucial that women’s reproductive health be viewed broadly to encompass an array of issues that assure the health of a woman’s reproductive system. This holistic understanding of reproductive health was embraced by the ICPD, which reaffirmed the “right of all couples and individ-uals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing and timing of their children.”28 Access to contraception and safe abortions; protection from and treatment for sexually trans-missible infections (STIs), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS); and laws and policies which protect women from harmful tra-ditional practices and sexual violence, are all components ofreproductive health and are essential to any effort to reduce maternal mortality in the region.” (Source: WOMEN OF THE WORLD:LAWS AND POLICIES AFFECTING THEIR REPRODUCTIVE LIVES FRANCOPHONE AFRICA , p.17)

GUINEA

  • CONAG (Coalition nationale des femmes – Droits et citoyenneté)
    Listed as a Partner of CCODP’s 2006-2011 Africa Program, page 46
      

    The drafting and implementation of the Population and Reproductive Health Programme 2000-2010, whose various components are targeted on vulnerable groups such as women; in collaboration with the World Bank;• The establishment of the National Safe Motherhood Programme, whose overall target for 2010 is to reduce the country’s maternal and neonatal mortality rates by 50 per cent.(k) The new directions of national policy based on the “discussion” programme of 22 December 1985 have encouraged inter alia the establishment of various kinds of organization: NGOs, and local development associations, groups and cooperatives. Most of the women’s NGOs operate under the umbrella of the Coordinating Office of Guinean Women’s Non-Governmental Organizations (COFEG). COFEG provides a framework for debate and coordination and acts as a spokesperson vis-à-vis the Minister responsible for women’s questions in the conduct of activities for the advancement of women. The NGOs thus strengthen the national mechanism and carry its work into the field.Other groupings of voluntary organizations and NGOs help to consolidate the partnership for the implementation of programmes on gender equality and women’s empowerment: the Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians of Guinea (REFAMP/GUI), the Guinean Association of Women Leaders (AGUIFEL), the National Coalition of Guinea for Women’s Rights and Citizenship (CONAG/DCF), the Guinean Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AFEG), the Guinean Businesswomen’s Group (GFAG), etc.” (Source: REPLY TO THE UNITED NATIONS QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS AND THE CHALLENGES ENCOUNTERED IN THE IMPLEMENTATTION OF THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION, p.6)

    “The Uruguayan Congress notably passed the bill legalizing abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, in an antidemocratic move, President Tabaré Vazquez vetoed the bill against the opinion of his own political party and the majority of Uruguayans that favour legalization. Organizations and individuals have signed a letter asking the president to overturn his decision and “return the rights that the veto has violated to all Uruguayans”
    Signatures follow:
    … The AIDS Consortium – South Africa Corriente joven feminista – Nicaragua HIVOS – The Netherlands TAC – South Africa Canadian Crossroats International – Canada Womankind – United Kigdom Centro cooperativo – Guatemala WEDO – USA H. Boll Fundation – Germany Women Forum – Indonesia SAHA – South Africa Center for reproductive rights – USA FEW – South Africa CIUICUS – USA Ibhayi Living Centre – South Africa DAWN Caribean – Barbados Annouri – Nigeria CONAG –DCF – New (sic) Guinea Riseau Centre – Madagascar FIRE – Madagascar Sri Ratu – Indonesia Rpuk – Indonesia Red por los DS y DR – Mexico Foro de mujeres y políiticas de población – Mexico Colectivo “Graciela Hierro” – Mexico Ayuda Popular Noruega – Angola Cesvitem – Mozambique Raising Voices – Uganda Rayouwan Mata – Nigeria Federation Women´s and Family Planing – Poland Astraea Foundation – USA. (Source: Choike.org)

NIGERIA

“Unsafe abortions are a major cause of maternal deaths in Nigeria. Both the Human Rights Committee and the CEDAW Committee291 have expressed concerns about this link generally, and the CEDAW Committee has specifically expressed concern and issued recommendations about it in regard to Nigeria. Further information on the connection between lack of access to contraception, unsafe abortion, and maternal mortality can be found in the Section “Unsafe Abortion: A Major Contributor to the High Rate of Maternal Mortality in Nigeria.” (Source: BRoken PROMISES: HUMAN RIGHTS, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND MATERNAL DEATH IN NIGERIA, p.36, WARDC)

“Nigeria’s abortion law is among the most restrictive in the world, permitting abortion only to save the pregnant woman’s life. Even this limited exception is frequently unavailable. In Nigeria’s latest periodic report to the CEDAW Committee, which will be addressed this year (2008), the government emphasizes that it has “one of the only national reproductive health policies in sub- Saharan Africa that recognizes that women have a legal right to abortion in certain circumstances,”
but admits that “few or no public health services yet offer such services.” A majority of the abortions that are performed in Nigeria are unsafe, partly because of the nation’s restrictive legal context. Furthermore, the CEDAW Committee has noted the connection between lack of access to contraceptives, unsafe abortion, and maternal mortality, and has clearly stated that high maternal mortality and morbidity rates and lack of access to contraceptives constitute important indications of governmental failure to ensure women’s access to health care. The Committee has expressed concern about “the high rates of maternal mortality as a result of unsafe abortions,” and on this basis has urged Nigeria to “take measures to assess the impact of its abortion laws on women’s health.” (Ibid., p.50)

 

  • YARAC (Youth, Adoloscent, Reflection Action Centre) (Website: www.aracnigeria.org/)
    This group is not listed in the 2006-2011 program report, but is listed on D&P’s youth wing, Just Youth.

The YARAC Mission statement says this: Our mission is to empower young adults and adolescents about their reproductive rights and civic responsibilities through information sharing and transformative education. To achieve this, our activities are geared towards:

  • Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS Education;
  • Conflict and Peace Building for Transformative Change;
  • Education and Advocacy;
  • Leadership and Governance – Social Change;
  • Youth Entrepreneural Development Initiatives.”

(Source)

Read full report here.

SENEGAL

The Réseau Siggil Jigéen in collaboration with Intrahealth and the financial support of the USAID present:

Instauration of the national coalition for the repositioning of the family planification

Besides RSJ, 25 other organizations work on reproduction health and join their forces to change things. Our goal is to increase the budget allocated in Family Planification. We also demand the instauration of a national FP Day. (Source)

TOGO

    Sale and distribution of condoms

The condoms are ordered through the local PSI office, which delivers them to FAMME. There is an agreement between the two institutions to ensure that the expiry date of the condoms is beyond three months. FAMME has a system whereby an initial donation of condoms is made to the peer educators (PEs), enabling them later on to obtain further supplies. Once the condomsare supplied, the FAMME project management team makes packages according to the sites and number of peer educators at each site. The packages are then pre-positioned with the PE technical supervisors, who then supply the PEs they supervise. The condom price is marked up by about 50% as an incentive for the PEs and supervisors. This covers their transportation costs when they go to distribute them. For instance, the female condom is purchased at 60 FCFA with PSI and sold on the ground at 100 FCFA each. After they’ve sold the first lot of condoms, the PEs go for more supplies from the technical supervisors. The expiry date is checked during the supervision visits, and if the date has expired, the condoms are systematically withdrawn from circulation. (Source: Promising and Best Practices in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for West and Central Africa, p.28-29)

SOUTH AFRICA

GETNET’s mission is to play a dynamic role in the transformation and equalisation of power relations between women and men. Our commitment is to gender equality with an emphasis on empowering women through transforming women and men’s lives in the process of democratising South Africa. Our activities are aimed at strengthening civil society and enabling government in South Africa and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to implement strategies for gender equality. GETNET is a unique initiative in South Africa’s struggle for democracy. In its focus on women’s empowerment and men’s gender training, GETNET is at the forefront of social transformation strategy in South Africa. (Source: getnet.org.za)

Findings from investigations into the situation around female condoms were alarming. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) advocates the distribution of 425 million male condoms and only 3 million female condoms. When asked why, a common response is that women do not ‘like’ female condoms. How this conclusion has been arrived at is unclear as UN surveys indicate that women find them to be acceptable. In addition, it is not clear why this is a consideration, as generally, male condoms are not ‘liked’ either (p.5)…. Q: What about the religious organization you are working with, please share your experiences. In addition, as many women have not used the female condom, it is hard to imagine how they would advocate for wider availability. Many women have not used female condoms because they are not accessible. They need to be made available. Regarding religious leaders, UNFPA has been working with the South African Council of Churches. It was a major challenge, and was structured in a way to ensure that leaders were required to address their own attitudes and values. In some cases people walked out. It has been a learning experience (p.8)….A vital link in this programme is the person (nurse, educator, doctor etc) having contact with the end user. It is vital that this person needs to be a skilled communicator and able to conduct a positive dialogue. The person needs to have the correct counseling skills, which focuses on the needs at hand in a nonjudgmental manner. One needs to know how to help another person make a choice to use a condom. In addition the service provider should have a positive attitude and the ability to focus on the needs rather than judging the person. However, even in an ideal setting, changing sexual behaviour remains complex and difficult. It is also important to understand what women face everyday. The client needs to deal with her own life circumstances. It is important to give people the skills they need, and so empower them. It is important to change negative perceptions of the female condom, as it is something that can save lives. Maya demonstrated how the condom is inserted and described some of its features as a sex aid…(p.12)Organisation – Represented by – Email

GETNET – Rita Edwards – duredorv@getnet.org.za (p.34)

(Source: The 2008 Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Dialogues : Universal Access to Female Condoms…A Human Rights Issue!) 

ZAMBIA

The link below provides a summary of a seminar involving several NGOs that took place in 2007. At the bottom of page 5 and throughout page 6, the activities and mission of Women for Change (WfC) are described.  The following is an excerpt:

WfC also strongly advocate for the formulation and implementation of gender sensitive national and international policies that respond to the needs of rural communities. They campaign on issues affecting women and girls in Zambia in areas such as women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health with an increasing focus on HIV/AIDS, violence against women, women’s participation in the electoral process and women’s social and economic development.” (Source)

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