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South Asia Workshop on Violence against Women and Access to Emergency Contraception

In spring 2014, the Center undertook a project with the Center for Reproductive Rights' (CRR) Global Program that examined and addressed the issue of access to emergency contraception for survivors of sexual violence in South Asia.

The Center prepared a background memorandum on legal standards and policies related to this issue in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. While the U.N. Committee against Torture has concluded that the failure to legalize distribution of emergency contraceptives to survivors of sexual violence constitutes a violation of the U.N. Convention against Torture, many survivors of gender-based violence in the region continue to find their access severely limited. 

The memorandum informed a regional litigation workshop hosted by CRR and its South Asia Reproductive Justice and Accountability Initiative (SARJAI) in Nepal in March 2014. Center staff and students contributed to the workshop discussions and served as rapporteurs.