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Forum on Progress and Challenges regarding Guarantee of Access to Reproductive Rights

Fecha: (11/19/2018 11:50:36 AM)

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San Salvador, El Salvador. The Forum on Progress and Challenges regarding the  Guarantee of Access to Reproductive Rights took place November 8, 2018 in San Salvador. The activity, under the auspices of Sweden, was organized by the IIHR, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Citizens’ Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion and the Feminist Collective, the latter two based in El Salvador. 

The Forum was divided into two panels. The first dealt with Good Practices and Lessons Learned in Guaranteeing Reproductive Rights and was comprised of Morena Herrera, from the Citizens’ Group and the Feminist Collective; Lilián Abracinskas, Directora of Women and Health of Uruguay; Larissa Arroyo, IIHR specialist on human rights and gender, and Sylvia Mesa, of Costa Rica, President of the Committee of Experts of the Follow Up Mechanism of the Convention of Belém do Pará (MESECVI).

The second panel, Access to Justice with a Focus on Gender and Human Rights, Analyzing the Cases of Criminalized Women in El Salvador, was formed by Catalina Martínez, a Colombian, who is Regional Director of the Center for Reproductive Rights; Alejandra Romero, a member of the Citizens’ Group; Pedro Vera, from Spain and Regional Advisor on the Rights of Women and Questions of Gender in the Regional Office for Central America of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Andrea Pochack, Head of the General Directorate of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Public Prosecutor of Argentina.

More than 200 persons, from organizations of civil society, international entities, embassies accredited in El Salvador, justice operators and public officials, filled the auditorium and participated in the dialogue on inter-American norms on health, justice and human rights and their obligatory compliance by States to guarantee access to justice and to sexual and reproductive health for everyone.

At the end of the Forum, the Center for Reproductive Rights presented its Global Report Voces ignoradas, experiencias de mujeres con virus del Zika and its country report on El Salvador.

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