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PeaceWoman of the Month

June 2016

Doctor from the Netherlands

In 1999, Rebecca Gomperts founded the organization Women on Waves which campaigns for the right to a safe abortion. Women on Waves operates a mobile abortion clinic on a ship and sails to countries where abortions are illegal. While in harbour, the ship provides contraceptives, information, and counselling. After sailing into international waters, early medical abortions are provided safely in the clinic. 

Political work
Each trip has profoundly influenced the way abortion is discussed and has empowered local women’s organizations to get the issue on their country‘s political agenda. Legislation has been modified in Portugal and Spain after the stay of the ship. At the moment, Rebecca Gomperts leads a campaign in Morocco and runs counselling hotlines as well as a Web helpdesk. She and her team answer more than 100’000 emails from women all over the world.

​Organisation

What we do

PeaceWomen Across the Globe is the successor organization of the initiative, 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize. We campaign for the equal participation of women in all levels of social and political activities, for the upholding of women's rights, and for an end to violence against women.