ARBEFAssociation pour le Bien-etre Familial (French)
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Several of the women interviewed by the ARBEF team mentioned being coerced into sexual activity, whether by a teacher, an older man or an employer, or exploited because of their economic needs.
In fact, one of the reasons the investigation into abortion in Rwanda led to prisons is that in "no other place" could the researchers "find women who aborted ready to accept this status [of having had an abortion] and to accept our interview; the same for health providers or other people who conducted or helped to abort illegally," according to the 2013 paper by ARBEF and IPPF.
ARBEF, its Youth Action Movement and Rutgers WPF believe that young people have the right to comprehensive information and services that promote their sexual and reproductive well-being, including safe abortion services.
This abortion project, which started as a small pilot initiative by Rutgers WPF, ARBEF and YAM Rwanda, has now become a full-fledged advocacy programme and has secured funds from other donors to keep it going, such as the Safe Abortion Action Fund.