Our better known method of direct action involve sea voyages to countries where abortions are illegal. Additionally, we develop art projects, engage in legal actions, give sexual education and medical knowledge workshops, and help women with the course of their abortions via the internet.
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 »