PeaceWoman of the Month
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.
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.