Women of the World: Laws and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives Latin America and the Caribbean

Reproductive rights are internationally recognized as critical both to advancing women's human rights and to promoting development. Governments from all over the world have, in recent years, both acknowledged and pledged to advance reproductive rights to an unprecedented degree. But for governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and concerned advocates to work towards reforming laws and policies so as to implement the mandates of these international conferences, they must be informed about the current state of national level formal laws and policies affective reproductive rights.

This book on Latin America and the Caribbean is the product of a unique series of collaborative reports between the U.S.-based Center for Reproductive Rights and national-level NGOs around the world.

The Center for Reproductive Rights and NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean have surveyed laws and policies in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, and Peru with respect to the following issues:

  • Laws and policies regarding contraception, abortion, sterilization, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases;
  • Women's status as it relates to: marriage (including common law unions and cohabitation), property rights, labor rights, credit, education, and the right to physical integrity;
  • Reproductive health and rights of adolescents, including segments on marriage, sex education, and sexual offenses against minors.