On Sunday we celebrated Women’s Day, 64 years on since the historic march to South Africa’s Union Buildings in protest against the then Pass Laws. It’s hoped that our observance of Women’s Day brings to the fore the continued challenges faced by women in South Africa and to that end, globally.
Women’s Day 2020
For many women, South Africa’s lockdown has underscored the disposition of women in society, from increased vulnerability to domestic violence, to the “second shift”. On Sunday and during the month of August, we take stock of the gains women have made in securing a socially just world. While much has been achieved, the Development Works team is reminded that many challenges lie ahead.
My Choice, Our Choice Campaign
This is highlighted in our team’s involvement, in an M&E capacity, in supporting the My Choice, Our Choice Campaign. The campaign focuses on addressing unsafe abortion practices in Southern Africa. Policies towards abortion continue to remain restrictive in many countries globally and where freedom of choice is withheld.
The My Choice, Our Choice Campaign is focusing strategically on persuading policymakers to remove restrictions surrounding access to safe abortion, persuading men and boys to actively support women’s desire for autonomy over their bodies, and engaging adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to become aware of their rights regarding pregnancy and abortion. While South Africa remains progressive in our policies towards abortion practices, many neighbouring countries continue to maintain restrictive policies.
Let’s support the My Choice, Our Choice Campaign in advocating for freedom of choice and bodily autonomy.
Written by Susannah Clarke-von Witt