2022 proved a landmark year for sexual and reproductive health and rights.
While some countries made great gains - from decriminalizing abortion, to legalizing same-sex marriage, to providing free contraception, serious infringements to women’s rights proved extremely challenging to the health and well being of not only women but to all.
We look back here to celebrate the victories and reflect on the setbacks made globally this year in access to abortion care, LGBTI+ rights, contraception, and gender equality.
The year started on a high with another victory for the Green Wave movement sweeping across Latin America. In February, Colombia voted to decriminalize abortion; a historic decision that came after years of campaigning by women’s rights activists across the country.
“This monumental decision is also a win for the dedicated health care providers, who will finally be recognized as people who simply care about the needs of others," said Marta Royo, the Executive Director for Profamilia, IPPF’s Member Association in Colombia.
Currently, only six out of 33 countries in the region have legalized abortion and we hope to see the movement take hold in other countries like Guatemala, which, despite reversing proposed legislation that would have tripled jail time for women seeking abortion care, still has some of the region’s most restrictive abortion laws.