The Global Day of Action For Access To Safe and Legal Abortion
What is September 28 ?
September 28, the Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion has its origin in Latin America and the Caribbean where women’s groups have been mobilizing around September 28 the last two decades to demand their governments to decriminalize abortion, to provide access to safe and affordable abortion services and to end stigma and discrimination towards women who choose to have an abortion.
The date – September 28 – was chosen in commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Brazil, which is now remembered as the day of the “free womb” demanding for safe and legal abortion for all women.
In 2012 and 2013 September 28 became the Global Day of Action For Access To Safe and Legal Abortion as various organization across the world come together to demand their right to safe and legal abortion. September 28 is celebrated on the ground and online.
What has the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership done for September 28 ?
As a regional network we support the activities of our partners by providing them with information and technical support, and by increasing visibility for their events.
In 2013, we set up a Facebook Group for the Asia-Pacific Strategy Group to plan activities around Sept. 28. We are joined in this effort by WGNRR, our regional partner.
In the past two years, we have also participated and helped moderate the Global Tweetathon, a worldwide effort to occupy social media and promote the right to safe abortion widely.
Sept. 28, 2016:
Sept. 28, 2015:
Sept. 28, 2013:
Between Sept. 2012 and Sept 2013 ASAP added to its team 28 vibrant, amazing and enthusiastic youth advocates, who alone with our very diligent and dedicated partners across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, made Sept. 28, 2013 a remarkable day.
ASAP conducted another successful Tweetathon working very closely with WGNRR, and partner organizations TARSHI, Shirkat Gah and Samsara. ASAP youth champion Shruti Mukherjee, Rola Yasmine, Lady Lisondra, Sarah Jane Biton, Fezel Nizam, Sarah Soyza, Dakshitha Wickremaratne, Shreejana Bhajracharya, Smriti Thapa, Prabina Sujakhu and Nyeinei Nway joined the Tweetathon throughout the day. Other tweeters across Asia and most notably from Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon and Cyprus, and Mongolia, also joined.
The hashtags were #Sept28 and #Safeabortion
Sept. 28, 2012:
In 2012 the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership steered a successful Tweetathon alongside fellow organizations working for reproductive rights like RHM Journal, Women on Waves and Web, Ipas, Samsara, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, Ibis RH and IPPF.
We were also joined by regional NGOs like Population Foundation of India, TARSHI, which works for sexuality education in India, and Bell Bajao, which works against sexual violence, and recently gender discrimination. Nasawiya and its staff joined us from Lebanon, and ALRANZ joined us from New Zealand.
The hashtags were #AbortionRts and #SafeAbortion.
Activities Of Our Youth Champions:
It’s Her Right Campaign:
Youth champions Sarah Soyza and Dakshitha Wickremaratne launched an amazing photo campaign featuring young people from Sri Lanka and other Asian countries, sharing their perspective on why they support safe abortion.
This campaign called It’s Her Right will continue well beyond Sept 28, and its pictures can be accessed here on ASAP’s FB page.
Activities Across Nepal:
Youth Champions Shreejana Bhajaracharya, Prabina Sujaku, Smriti Thapa, Shila Sharma and Luxmi Shresta joined together to conduct multiple events around Nepal.
- Smriti and Shila organized an Advocacy program for future service providers along with the Midwifery Association of Nepal.
- Shreejana and Prabina were instrumental in bringing about a Radio Programme about which you can read here.
- All of them got together to conduct two flash mobs – one in Bakhtapur on Sept 28, and one in Kathmandu on Sept 29.