Women on Waves develops innovative activities and campaigns to break the taboo surrounding abortion and create awareness about the availability of abortion pills and create access to safe abortions. We circumvent and challenge restrictive abortion laws with abortion ships, abortion drones, robots, hotlines, apps and the internet. Additionally, we develop art projects, engage in legal actions, give sexual education and medical knowledge workshops.
Abortion Pill Protest in Seoul, South Korea
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26-8-2018: Today 125 women swallowed the abortion pill in defiance of the restrictive abortion laws in South Korea. Even though abortion is illegal, every hour 125 women have an abortion in South Korea. The protest took place in front of Boshingak in the center of Seoul. Read more »
Abortion Robot delivered abortion pills to 3 women in Belfast.
Operated from Amsterdam, the abortion robot successfully delivered abortion pills in Northern Ireland. With the robot the abortion pills can be supplied to women in Northern Ireland without breaking the law because the robot is operated from the Netherlands.
There was an overwhelming amount of… Read more »
First flight Abortion Drone, Poland 2015
The Abortion Drone was a success, women in Poland receive medical abortions. The drone departed from Germany and landed at the opposite side of the river in Slubice, Poland.
While the drones were crossing the German/Polish border , the German Police tried to intervene but the drone pilots… Read more »
Abortion Ship Campaigns
Women on Waves sails a ship to countries where abortion is illegal. With the use of a ship, early medical abortions (till 61/2 weeks of pregnancy) can be provided safely, professionally and legally. Applicability of national penal legislation, and thus also of abortion law, extends only to… Read more »
Safe Abortion Hotlines
Women on Waves has supported the launch of safe abortion hotlines in Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, Argentina, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand, Poland and Morocco. The hotline volunteers give women information about how to use misoprostol themselves for a safe abortion. This information is… Read more »
Women on Waves is an organization that uses multiple strategies to promote the message that women have fundamental autonomy over their own bodies. One of the ways that it communicates this belief is through artistic expression. Over the years we have engaged in various art projects, collaborating… Read more »
In the Netherlands
While the Netherlands is considered by many to be an extremely liberal country with legislative policies that reflect an open and accepting ideology, this is simply not the case. In reality, the fight for the legalization of safe and accessible abortion care has been present in this country's… Read more »
Our work is often considered controversial and our materials have been censored by sites such as Facebook and Google. However, we have protested against the restrictions of publishing our information in cyberspace, invoking Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This article… Read more »