One important consideration in ensuring that women are able to enjoy their human rights is the extent to which they can make decisions about their own bodies, sexuality and childbearing. All human rights and fundamental freedoms apply to men as they apply to women. Women’s rights – on the basis of equality of men and women – to decide when they want children, find recognition and protection in the Maputo Protocol and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Women’s ability to claim this right is related to and requires access to safe abortions, through accessible and affordable means, and conducted under medical supervision. It is also equally important to highlight that unsafe abortions are carried out because of the lack of opportunities to prevent unwanted pregnancies through formal medical means.
Panel of Experts: Mr. Chrispine Gwalawala Sibande, Anne Alan Sizomu, IPPF; Dr Anne Gabriel, WHO, Seychelles, Ms. Anaelle Bodwell, Youth Commission, Dr Robert Michel, MoH.
Lead: Anne Alan Sizomu, IPPF.
Co- Lead: Hazel Chinake
Moderator: Mrs. Monica Servina, CEPS Seychelles.
Co-moderator: Zelda Nhlabatsi, FLAS.
Rapporteur: Mr. Johane Gandiwa, Esq, Staff of Parliament, Zimbabwe.