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#GynopediaIt: Safe Abortion, Contraception, and your Health

What do you do when you don’t know something? You Google it, you Wikipedia it… and also #GynopediaIt!

We have teamed up with Asia Safe Abortion Partnership and Gynopedia, and invite anyone with internet access and a computer or mobile phone to easily contribute and share your knowledge in our upcoming Gynopedia edit-a-thon, which goes from March 27th-April 11, 2021.

Need no more information? Register here for free!

Share knowledge about what? We want you to share your knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and services in your country or city on Gynopedia, which is a free online resource on sexual and reproductive health care around the world, covering topics such as birth control, the morning after pill, menstrual products, abortion access, youth, and LGBTQI+ resources, and more. The information is searchable (and editable) by country and city, making it easy to navigate. Learn more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VazUiuQ7aSI&ab_channel=Gynopedia

"Think about what you would tell a friend – that's what you should add!" - Lani Fried

Who can participate? We invite anyone anywhere in the world to contribute. All you need is internet access and a computer or mobile phone to be able to access and edit Gynopedia! No prior knowledge of editing Wikis is needed.

What do you get when you register?
Once you register, we’ll teach you how to edit Gynopedia (and wikis in general!). Everyone involved will have an equal opportunity to voice their needs and challenges on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)– more specifically, on abortion and contraceptives. We’ll additionaly host an educational live panel discussion, where we willl answer any of your questions, provide resources on SRHR, especially on safe abortion and contraceptives, and help connect folks who are passionate about SRHR. 

What will you be doing when you join?
You are able to add your contributions around accessing health and services related to sexual and reproductive healthcare (for example birth control, the morning after pill, menstrual products, abortion access, youth and LGBTQI+ resources, etc.) to your city’s or country’s Gynopedia page. This is a lot easier than you might imagine! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlAKm7B_reU&ab_channel=Gynopedia

Why does this work matter?
This edit-a-thon, and Gynopedia in general, is all about knowledge equity. Knowledge equity refers to expanding what is valued as knowledge, making it easy for all people to be a part of the conversation, and to access and contribute to the knowledge pool. Put simply, once you’ve updated your country or city’s page, others living in or traveling to your area can Gynopedia it! They can access the information and learn about their rights and services available to them… information which can sometimes be hard to find!

So, please join us! Get started now.

More about your hosts:

Gynopedia was established in 2016. It is a free wiki and resource on sexual and reproductive healthcare around the world and provides free information on birth control, the morning-after pill, STI tests, menstrual products, gynecologists, obstetricians, prenatal care, abortion access, crisis support, and more in that city. It is run and updated by volunteers who contribute as either guests or registered users. To find out more, read our recent interview with Lani Fried, the founder!

The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership (ASAP) was established in 2008. The network has members from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. ASAP is the only such network in Asia and they work on south-south capacity building and providing a forum for experience sharing and interactions. Members and partners at the country level are supported in their advocacy work through small grants, networking, and capacity-building opportunities. Stories to Action (StA) was established in 2020 as a response to challenges on sexual and reproductive health in the COVID-19 crisis. StA is a global platform providing a safe and supportive space to amplify youth voices and catalyze action, ensuring that their sexual & reproductive health & rights (SRHR) are guaranteed even in light of public health emergencies like COVID-19. We collect stories of young people from across the globe, offering unique, diverse, and eye-opening reflections on how COVID-19 is impacting their SRHR. StA calls for action through evidence-based advocacy initiatives directed towards decision-makers and other key stakeholders to ensure young people’s rights and safety. StA also shares authentic and accessible SRHR resources to ensure that every young person has equal access to information on SRHR and COVID-19.

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