Thousands of Rape Survivors in Thailand Are Silent; Abortion Laws Remain Stringent
Women's groups are fighting to help rape survivors in Thailand, where the stigma and shame associated with rape has pushed thousands of young women into muted suffering and suicide. The rape of young girls is also an important part of a larger campaign that will widen Thai women's access to abortion and to legal counsel. Abortion remains illegal in Thailand, except in circumstances where the mother's life is threatened or in which the women can prove in court that they have been raped. An estimated 300,000 Thai women undergo illegal abortions every year.
Media Resources: South China Morning Post 17 July 2000
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .