Grantee Partners in the News

SAAF supported organisations and projects are regularly featured in local and international news articles. You can see some examples below:


What the Consequences of Zimbabwe’s Abortion Restrictions Mean for the U.S.

Edinah Masiyiwa, Executive Director of Women’s Action Group (WAG) shares lessons learned from the restriction of safe abortion in Zimbabwe in Ms. Magazine.

Read more about WAG’s SAAF funded project here.

Image: Simon Townsley

Image: Simon Townsley


The UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID) has announced new funding to support the work of SAAF. This article in the Telegraph newspaper outlines the importance of providing reproductive health care to women and girls around the world.


Guest column on abortion rights in Zimbabwe

Edinah Masiyiwa, Executive Director of Women’s Action Group (WAG) in Zimbabwe calls for an end to unnecessary delays to safe abortion for rape survivors in Zimbabwe. Edinah writes, “We need a simpler, and more effective system…this will minimise the trauma that the woman goes through, and save lives.”

Read more about WAG’s work with SAAF here.


Preventing unsafe abortion in Uganda

SAAF grantee partner, Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) is featured in this article detailing the implications of Uganda’s restrictive abortion law.

Read more about CEHURD’s project here.


Calls to expand Termination of Pregnancy Act in Zimbabwe

SAAF grantee partner, Women’s Action Group (WAG) have been instrumental in instigating a renewed campaign to expand access to legal safe abortion in Zimbabwe, a country. Here highlighting how the current law is letting down those it is supposed to serve.

Read more about their project here.

Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press

Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press


SAAF Grantee partner Anis involved in petitioning courts to consider whether Brazil’s abortion laws — which forbid terminating pregnancies with few exceptions, including cases of rape and instances in which the mother’s life is in peril — are at odds with constitutional protections. 

Read more about their project here


Kathy Bougher/Rewire.News

Kathy Bougher/Rewire.News

Salvadoran woman Freed After 15 Years IMPRISONMENT Following a Miscarriage

Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquín who was one of the "Las 17" group of Salvadoran women imprisoned following obstetric emergencies was freed from prison in El Salvador on 13th March after her 30-year sentence was commuted to 15 years.  

The result was following targeted advocacy by SAAF partner Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto (Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion) who have supported her case since 2013.


Brazilian women break taboo to talk about illegal abortions

As in many countries, abortion is a taboo subject in Brazil. Abortion is highly legally restricted and amid a rising tide of conservatism in Brazil and concerns that abortion will become further restricted, women are coming out of the shadows to tell their stories in the hopes of galvanizing support for expanded access to abortion.

This article highlights some of the stories gathered by SAAF partner Anis from women who had experienced abortion in Brazil. 

Read more about their project here

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Rape survivors denied legal abortion in Zimbabwe

SAAF partner, Women's Action Group in Zimbabwe calls for a change in legislation in the country “Women should be given a choice to decide on issues concerning their health. Through working with women from various communities, we discovered that some fail to access contraceptives when they need them, further limiting their choices on whether they should have children or not."

Read more about their project here


SAAF partner supports woman jailed for miscarriage

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - A Salvadoran woman jailed for 30 years for a miscarriage deemed to be an illegal abortion on Friday pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her sentence. SAAF partner Citizens' Group for the Decriminalization of Ethical Therapeutic Abortion said '"We regret that Teodora, who has been locked up for 10 years, has to wait another week for justice to be done,".



A study has revealed that access to safe abortion care in three regions of Northern Ghana – Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions – is impeded by clinicians refusing to provide legally permitted abortion services. It was undertaken by Global Doctors for Choice (GDC)-Ghana with funding and support from round three of SAAF.


Teenage Pregnancy and unsafe abortion in Ghana

SAAF supported organisation calls for better sex education to prevent unsafe abortion and teenage pregnancy in Ghana. 

Abortion in Pakistan: struggling to support a woman's right to choose

Story about safe abortion hotline started under previous SAAF supported grant.


Fall out of Global Gag Rule in Kenya

SAAF partner TICAH reports on how they are supporting women seeking information about Safe Abortion in Kenya and how the Global Gag Rule will affect women there.


Caring About Women’s Work: Why Sexual and Reproductive Rights Matter

SAAF partner Reproductive Health Association of Cambodia (RHAC), is responding to unmet need by providing information and free services to women working in factories. 


SAAF partner - Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion in El SAlvador - Challenge Total Abortion Ban

On November 25th, over 500 hundred people marched through the streets of San Salvador to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to demand an end to all violence against women. 


Nepal’s Telephone Counselors Offer Life-Saving Sexual Health Advice

As counselors for the Meri Saathi helpline, midwife Hima Mishra and her team field hundreds of calls a day from people with questions about sex, pregnancy and abortion, helping to shed light on reproductive health rights in Nepal. 


Make safe abortion accessible - CEO of Global Media Foundation

The Founder/CEO of Global Media Foundation, Raphael Godlove Ahenu has called on world leaders to make safe abortion accessible and available to every woman who requests for it, thereby eliminating unsafe abortion.


Don’t stigmatise women who opt for safe abortion

SAAF partner, SAVE-Ghana has urged the public to put an end to the stigmatisation of women who seek safe abortion services.

The NGO said stigmatising them was a major contributory factor to the high rate of unsafe abortions and its associated consequences, especially in developing countries.


Backstreet Abortion, a Reality in Burundi

The association of Women fighting against HIV/AIDS and Malaria-SFBLSP Burundi celebrated on 28th September the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. Alarming figures reflect clandestine abortion despite several consequences.


Should Women Perform Their Own Abortions?

Hotlines around the world are providing women with the information they need to safely terminate a pregnancy, even in countries where abortion is illegal.