Pratigya Rights
Newsletter | November 2020 Edition
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Dear Partner,
The year 2020 has been tougher for us in the face of a pandemic of an unprecedented nature. The spread of the virus and the strict lockdown in India severely affected reproductive services in the country. Even when safe abortion services were included in the ‘list of essential services’ by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, access and availability continued to be a big challenge.
We thank all our partners who have supported us in this journey through strategies and collective advocacy and added power to the coalition.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime
Only 52% of women married can make their own decisions around contraceptive usage and health care
As alarming as it sounds, violence against women is one of the most widespread, persistent, and devastating human rights violation even today. Largely this remains unreported due to impunity, silence, stigma and shame around it. The adverse psychological, sexual and reproductive health consequences due to violence affect women and girls at all stages of their lives making it an obstacle to achieving gender equality.
A virtual roundtable on ‘Maternity Care During Pandemic’:
Keeping in mind COVID-19 and its adverse impact on maternity care, affecting well-being among the ones pregnant and increasing their health risk, Economic Times Health World organised a virtual roundtable on ‘Maternity Care During Pandemic’ to discuss the challenges on November 20, 2020.
Campaign Advisory Group member and Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India CEO, VS Chandrashekar was invited as a panellist to share his views on the importance of awareness on family planning and contraceptives, safety measures and best practices.
Abortions in India - Key Information
We have worked on a new collateral to capture key information on abortion landscape in India. The Campaign Advisory Group members had shared their inputs in the document, which is available in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu. This document will help you access key information on abortion, all in one place.
Read Here
Sarita Devi (name changed) was married early during her teens. Though she was aware about family planning methods, owing to frontline health workers, she could not exercise choice due to her orthodox family. Much against her wishes, she was forced to keep her fourth pregnancy. But she was determined not to go through her fifth!
After 15 years of marriage and four kids, she put her foot down, and refused carrying the fifth pregnancy to term. Fortunately for her, she got in touch with an ASHA didi and got to know more about contraception choices. After much effort, well within the gestation limits, she managed to reach Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India’s clinic. In the clinic she availed SA and PAFP services. Such is her motivation to bring choice at doorstep, that she has started training to become an ASHA worker.
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Pinky’s story is one of courage, perseverance, and determination. Pinky joined the Foundation for Reproductive Health Services India family in 2010 as a counsellor and from the start, her main concern was to understand the challenges faced by women and girls in accessing contraception. The more women she met, the more inspired she was, and gradually she started speaking on Vasectomy as an option for family planning. Defying all odds, and patriarchal norms, she started encouraging men to learn more about vasectomy. She busted myths, spoke to many women and men about the procedure, and her first breakthrough was years back in 2014 when she could encourage 32 men to opt for vasectomy services in a single day! Pinky has grown stronger over the years, and now is a popular name in the community.
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World Vasectomy Day
To capture the spirit of World Vasectomy Day, we spoke to couples in Bihar to learn from them about inhibitions, how they availed the procedure and their words of wisdom.
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#FindMyMTP with Pratigya Campaign
Pratigya Campaign brings a crowd-sourced database with information of over 30,000 MTP providers across the length and the breadth of the country. This is your one-stop URL for finding the nearest MTP providers in your geographical locations and avail services or recommendations to the ones in need.
Our database has so far reached 574 users and we are constantly upgrading it to make it simple and user friendly.
Please Note - Pratigya Campaign Secretariat takes the responsibility for the protection of information of every user to ensure 100% security of all data.
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This month, we celebrated World Vasectomy Day, Diwali and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
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The Pratigya Campaign is currently in the third phase with its focus on engaging with the legal fraternity demanding improved laws supporting reproductive health for all, ensuring the continued availability of medical abortion drugs in the market, and develop a strong partnership with organisations and individuals to support a person’s access to safe abortion.
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