Abortion was legalized in Nepal in 2002. Abortion legalization has contributed to sharp decline in maternal mortality, which fell from 580 materinald deaths per 100,000 live births in 1995 to 190 per 100,000 in 2013. Many women in Nepal continue to face barriers to obtaining safe and legal procedures. Obstacles include lack of awareness of the legal status of abortion, lack of services, lack of transport to approved facilities; gender norms that hinder women’s decision-making autonomy, the often- prohibitive cost of the procedure and fear of abortion related stigma.
September 28th is a day of action for access to Safe and Legal abortion. It has its origin in Latin America and the Caribbean where women’s groups have been mobilizing around this date over the last two decades to demand that their governments decriminalize abortion, provide access to safe and affordable abortion services, and end stigma and discrimination towards women who choose to have an abortion.
September 28 was chosen in commemoration of the abolition of slavery in Brazil which is now remembered as the day of the “free womb” demanding for safe and legal abortion for all women.
In 2012, it was adopted by the International Campaign as the Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion and became a platform of solidarity with women’s movement across the world.
On this day every year, major regional and global SRHR networks, numerous national partners and grassroots activists come together to stand together and make one clear demand – access to affordable, safe and legal abortion now!
YoSHAN in solidarity with the global campaign organizes various activities like Facebook Live, radio programs with experts, webinars, talk series, video contest and many more to amplify voices of young people in Nepal to promote the right to safe abortion.