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Dublin Declaration on reproductive rights unveiled at NWCI event to mark International Women’s Day

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017

This International Women's Day 2017, NWCI hosted a special celebration focusing on the rights of women in relation to mental health, in particular women's reproductive rights, as part of the 7th World Congress on Women’s Mental health.

At the event, the International Association for Women’s Mental Health unveiled the ‘Dublin Declaration’ which  calls on all governments to ‘Guarantee that abortion services are available and accessible in a manner that ensures women’s autonomy and decision-making is respected, in line with the best international health practice and in fulfilment of women’s human rights’. The Dublin Declaration is the first of its kind and was endoresed by the World Psychiatric Organisation. 

Marian Keyes read a world exclusive extract from her forthcoming book that includes a storyline about Amy, a mother of a teenage daughter who is pregnant and asks her for help. Also speaking were UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Danius Puras, and Ailbhe Smyth, Convener of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth.

The 7th World Congress on Women's Mental took place in the RDS from 6-9 March 2017, co-hosted by NWCI and Trinity College Dublin in cooperation with the International Association for Women's Mental Health.