“Working with sensitised community health workers can encourage women [to assess] their options and rights regarding unwanted pregnancy,” Ellen Israel says. “This checklist is just one example of the many steps needed to expand health worker roles to increase access to safe abortion care.”
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Twenty-four villages are now participating in the Tuungane Project (Kiswahili for “Let’s Unite), a partnership between TNC and Pathfinder International that holistically address reproductive health, the environment and livelihood needs of these communities in this region.
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With the incentive structures in place for better or worse, women's rights NGOs are working hard to make sure women are given a range of choices and not pushed toward sterilizations. The nonprofit Pathfinder, for example, specifically trains family-planning counselors in what they call a "rights-based" framework, giving women as much information as possible and letting clients guide the process of choosing the right form of contraception for themselves. Other NGOs that focus on women's rights use similar models.
One night in April 2013, Luisa, a 46-year-old woman living in a small town in Mozambique, was on her way home when two men dragged her into an abandoned hut and raped her. “I wanted to die, but I told myself I must survive for my daughters,” said Luisa.
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