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Decriminalization of Abortion: A human rights imperative


To commemorate the 2013 Global Day of Action for the Decriminalization of Abortion (September 28th), a parallel event will take place during the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council to discuss the realization of women’s human rights, specifically women’s right to access safe and legal abortion, including through the decriminalization of abortion. The event will bring together Member States, UN agencies, academics, civil society organizations and women’s human rights defenders to assess the human rights implications of unsafe abortion and explore strategies to strengthen government accountability and responsibility in respecting, protecting and guaranteeing women’s reproductive and human rights.

Moderator: Neha Sood, Sexual Rights Initiative and Action Canada for Population and Development


  • H.E. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Permanent Representative of Uruguay
  • Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, Research and Right to Development Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Marleen Temmerman, Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
  • Krystyna Kacpura, Sexual Rights Initiative and Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland (ASTRA member)
  • Madeleine Rees, Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Stuart Halford, Center for Reproductive Rights


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