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A new law, preventing schools from expelling pregnant girls, has begun to positively change perceptions, showing that law and social norms can reinforce each other. However, the intersection between law and culture in Senegal is largely creating rather than removing barriers. The prohibition of abortion and the criminalisation of homosexuality present direct legal barriers to SRH access with a profound impact on the health, safety and lives of young women and LGBT people. Other barriers are created by:
Japan’s First Lady, Her Excellency Mrs Akie Abe, and IPPF’s Director General Tewodros Melesse have agreed on the need to continue the fight to strengthen women’s health and rights, in a High Level Meeting in the margins of the UN General Assembly 2016 in New York.
Women are at the heart of every nation's future was the recurring message at an event organized by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Government of Japan and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health ahead of the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa.
The Government of Japan and the International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) have entered into a strategic partnership that will provide a solid basis for long-term co-operation on reproductive health including family planning, particularly in Africa, IPPF said today.
On 9 May, Dr Toshiko Abe, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and Mr Tewodros Melesse, IPPF Director General signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on Strategic Partnership between the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IPPF in their meeting at the UK Parliament.