Edinah Masiyiwa Discusses the Global Gag Rule

Edinah Masiyiwa

Director, Women’s Action Group | Zimbabwe

"As the women's movement is working on sexual and reproductive health and rights in Zimbabwe, we are really looking forward to the removal of the Global Gag Rule by the incoming president Joe Biden. For us, we noted a lot of negative impact which was brought about by the Global Gag Rule, which included the interference of services, particularly access to contraceptives, access to post-abortion care and even access to HIV & AIDS services in Zimbabwe. There were a number of organizations whose funding was withdrawn because of the Global Gag Rule. So, what we are looking forward to is that we are going to see those organizations who were previously affected by the Global Gag Rule come back and really operate at 100%, which means women in the hard to reach areas of Zimbabwe will be able to access contraception and other reproductive health and rights services. We also are looking at movement building for the abortion work that is being done in Zimbabwe because of the Global Gag Rule. It really deactivated the movement of organizations and individuals who were working on abortion cases. We hope with the removal of the Global Gag Rule, we’ll be able to reconvene and strategize and push for the law in Zimbabwe on termination of pregnancy to be reviewed."

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