Breaking the Silence: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in Zimbabwe is an ENGAGE multimedia presentation that describes the problem of unsafe abortion in Zimbabwe, its health and financial costs, challenges posed by the law, and steps that decisionmakers can take to remedy the situation.

Although Zimbabwe has achieved many public health successes in areas that were once deemed controversial and challenging, too many Zimbabwean women are still dying from one of the leading causes of maternal deaths: Unsafe abortion.

In Zimbabwe, four out of 10 pregnancies are unintended or unplanned; and 25 percent of those unintended pregnancies end in abortion. In 2016 alone, more than 65,000 induced abortions occurred in Zimbabwe. Most of these abortions were clandestine and potentially unsafe, performed outside the formal health system.

Many women and girls are driven into the shadows because of Zimbabwe’s restrictive abortion laws and a lack of clarity about their provisions.

The multimedia presentation urges advocates and decisionmakers to break the silence, raise their voices, and make the changes needed to protect women’s lives and ensure the world sees Zimbabwe as a leader when it comes to health and policy.

Snapshot 1: Key Messages
Snapshot 2: Legal Considerations
Snapshot 3: Costs
Snapsnot 4: Maternal Mortality
Snapshot 5: Recommendations