Women’s Rights Ahoy or, The Coolest Organization in the World

July 22, 2007 at 10:56 am (amazing things, feminism, neat things) (, )

Finally, the intersection of feminism and pirates! From Broadsheet, I’ve discovered my new hero: Rebecca Gomperts, creator of Women on Waves. The Dutch non-profit is a fucken clinic on a ship, which actually sails to countrties where abortion is illegal. Really:

Every 6 minutes somewhere in the world a woman dies needless as a result of illegal, unsafe abortion. In response to this violation of womens human rights and medical need, Women on Waves operates a mobile clinic on a ship that sails to countries where abortion is illegal. This is done at the invitation of local women’s organizations. With the use of a ship, ultrasounds and early medical abortions can be provided safely, professionally and legally. Women on Waves aims to prevent unsafe abortions and empower women to exercise their human rights to physical and mental autonomy, by combining free healthcare services and sexual education with advocacy.

Fuck. Yes.

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1 Comment

  1. Emily said,

    I totally want to work with them one day.

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