International Women’s Issues: The Fight for Abortion Rights in Turkey

I’m hesitant to announce a region for this week’s post. That’s because we’re looking at one of the more confusing countries in the world, geography-wise. Is it part of Europe? Asia? The Middle East? Well, yes, yes, and yes. That’s right, friends, this week I’m focusing on Turkey. And if you follow the news at all, you can guess why – women in Turkey took to the streets over the weekend to protest stricter abortion laws. International Women’s Issue alert, right? So let’s see what’s going on, and why, and what’s being done. Read More International Women’s Issues: The Fight for Abortion Rights in Turkey

International Women’s Issues: Maternal Mortality in Brazil

Finding a topic for these columns is always a bit of a mixed bag. Sometimes there’s an obvious issue to write about, sometimes a friend forwards me a news article or similar, with “you should write about this!” in the headline. (Note: dear friends, thank you, and please do not stop.) And sometimes I begin by googling “women’s rights in [wherever]” and seeing what floats to the surface, knowing approximately which sub-region I’d like to cover. This week was the latter, but as soon as I read an RH Reality Check piece that pointed out that the maternal mortality rate in Brazil was five to ten times higher than countries with a similar economic status, I knew I had my topic for the week. Read More International Women’s Issues: Maternal Mortality in Brazil