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Colombia

Constitutional Challenge on fundamental right to information

In September 2011, 1280 Colombian women requested, through a constitutional challenge, that the Inspector General and two of his Deputy Inspector Generals provide accurate, complete and reliable in...»


Spain

The case of Angela Gonzalez Carreño v. Spain, discrimination and gender violence against women and minors

On September 2012, Women’s Link presented the case Ángela Gonzalez Carreño c. España before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW Committee”) denouncing ...»


United States, Haiti

Displaced women victims of sexual violence vs. Haiti, precautionary measures

On October 21, 2010, Women’s Link in collaboration with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic of the City University of New York (CUNY), MADRE, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti...»


Spain, Mexico

Cristina Valls v. Mexican authorities. Rape as torture

In 2008, Women’s Link filed the first ever case based on a gender crime using the principle of Universal Jurisdiction before Spain’s High Court (Audiencia Nacional). The principle of universal jurisdi...»


Colombia

X and XX v. Colombia, precautionary measures

As a consequence of rape, X, a thirteen year-old child, became pregnant. She was refused a legal abortion by health service providers and subsequently by the justice system, which refused to recognize...»




, 2014-10-27

T-388/2009. Conscientious Objection and Abortion: A Global Perspective on the Colombian Experience

Since 2006 Colombia recognizes the right to abortion under certain circumstances. In its implementation one of the most hotly contested issues has been conscientious objection. In decision T-388/09 the Constitutional Court ruled what constitutes a legitimate conscientious objection, as well as who can claim it, how, and when. These standards have resisted nullification petitions and recent reform proposals because they have achieved an adequate balance between protection of liberty of conscience and women and girls' reproductive rights.


The heated debate around the use of conscientious objection to abortion is not limited to Colombia or to developing countries. Anywhere abortion has been decriminalized to any extent it has been and continue to be the subject of discussion. In this publication, the rules for conscientious objection set by the Colombian ruling are analyzed from a range of perspectives, including women and men who exercise different professions and play different roles in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health—academic scholars, political and legal activists, service providers, etc.—who live and work in different parts of the world where conscientious objection to abortion is currently a hotly debated issue, or will be in the near future (Latin America, Europe, Africa and the United States).

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, 2014-04-10

The trafficking of Nigerian girls and women: slavery between borders and prejudices (Only in Spanish)

Since 2005 Women’s Link Worldwide has been investigating and documenting the situation of Nigerian women in both Morocco and Spain at their migration route. Women’s Link has focused especially on human rights violations they are subjected to, including trafficking and the procedures of deportation from detention centres for migrants in Spain (Centros de Internamiento de Extranjeros (CIE)). The Report, taking into account the social, political, economical and cultural context of Nigeria, examines the causes and motivations why so many Nigerian women and girls decide to leave home country and undertake journeys that often turns out a trafficking. The Report seeks to provide with essential knowledge on the issue in order to properly identify women and girls victims or potential victims of trafficking and subsequently help them in an adequate way that their fundamental rights were protected. ...»


, 2013-11-15

Trafficking and exploitation in Colombia: can't see it, can't talk about it (Only in Spanish)

Women’s Link Worldwide’s report “Trafficking and exploitation in Colombia: can't see it, can't talk about it” investigates the reality of Colombia as a country, not merely of transit and destination, but of origin of woman and girl human trafficking victims. As the investigations conducted for previous reports revealed that the vast majority of female victims of trafficking were captured in Latin America, Women’s Link Worldwide decided to begin documenting the situation of feale victms of human trafficking in Colombia. The main goal of the report is to give voice to the woman and girl victims of human trafficking in Colombia, to denounce through their stories the violations of human rights to which they are subjected and to support the work of the organisations in the country that work on this subject....»


Colombia, 2013-05-08

All you need to know about legal abortion in Colombia (2006-2013) (Only in Spanish)

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, 2012-09-01

Maternal Mortality, Unsafe Abortion and the Harm Reduction Model: the Legal Platform

This booklet is one of the legal materials that we have developed to legally support health professionals tasked with the implementation of the harm reduction model to prevent unsafe abortion....»