You can help protect young girls in Paraguay

What’s happening?

A ten year old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. She had asked authorities for help, however none was given to her. Now, she has become pregnant through this abuse and is being forced to have the baby. Abortion in Paraguay is banned in all cases except when the mother’s life is in danger, and this child’s life and mental health will be in jeapordy if she is forced to go through with the pregnancy.

“Every day in Paraguay, two girls between the ages of 10 and 14 [will] give birth to children that are conceived as a result of rape. It’s an epidemic. The law could give access to abortion in these cases but government officials refuse to allow it. Now the tragic case of this 10-year-old girl has dropped a global media bombshell that is forcing them to reconsider.” – Avaaz

Avaaz’s actions

Avaaz are campaigning to protect this girl’s rights and fighting to change the laws in Paraguay to better protect young women and girls.

“This is the chance to change everything for this 10-year-old and ensure that no young girl has to fight this battle again.” – Avaaz

Supporting Avaaz

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

Add your voice to the cause and help demand that the right laws be applied to this girl and children like her, who most need to have a choice.

“Article 109 of the Paraguayan Penal Code allows abortions when the mother’s life is in danger. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die from birth complications than older women. You have the power to improve the lives of thousands of Paraguayan girls by making sure that Article 109 is enforced to allow terminations for minors and to give all the assistance needed to the 10-year-old girl whose case is currently under consideration.” – Avaaz

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