Posts Tagged Ethiopia

Kenyan women deserve better than 6 years of inaction

Kenyan women’s groups demand President Obama ease restriction on aid for abortion

As President Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this week, local and global reproductive health advocates are taking the opportunity to highlight how his administration’s strict enforcement of the ban on using US foreign aid for abortion care is killing women. 

As President Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this week, local and global reproductive health advocates are taking the opportunity to highlight how his administration’s strict enforcement of the ban on using US foreign aid for abortion care ...

Ethiopian Jew in Israel

Birth control shots were forced on Ethiopian immigrants to Israel

Five years after allegations were first levied, and over a month after the issue again attracted mainstream attention through the Israel Educational Television documentary “Vacuum,” the Israeli government has admitted that Ethiopian women were coerced into accepting long-acting birth control shots, likely Depo-Provera. Haaretz writes:

…While the women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia they were sometimes intimidated or threatened into taking the injection. “They told us they are inoculations,” said one of the women interviewed [in "Vacuum"]. “They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to.”

The widespread practice is thought to account for the last decade’s near-halving of the Ethiopian birth rate in Israel. ...

Five years after allegations were first levied, and over a month after the issue again attracted mainstream attention through the Israel Educational Television documentary “Vacuum,” the Israeli government has admitted that Ethiopian women were coerced ...