In a recent speech, Tanzanian President John Magufuli said the country had no need for birth control. The words came as a shock, but activists say they merely reinforced a theme of his tenure: Since taking office, the president has single-handedly created a more regressive environment on gender issues.
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
Earlier this month, Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion, after the measure had narrowly passed the lower house of Congress. Argentina is not alone in limiting access to abortion in Latin America, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world and, ironically, the highest rates of abortion.
Argentina’s debate over a bill that would legalize voluntary abortion through the first 14 weeks of a pregnancy is part of a larger, ongoing discussion about women’s rights. Until now, lawmakers have shown little willingness to address the issues that most affect women, and it’s unclear why.