Press release - Dutch Postcode Lottery donates 11,9 million euro to Rutgers for safe abortion

AMSTERDAM – The Dutch Postcode Lottery has donated € 11,9 million euro from its Dream Fund to Rutgers and its American partner DKT International for the worldwide reduction of unsafe abortions. The Postcode Lottery made this known during the ‘Goed Geld Gala’ in Amsterdam last night. The programme ‘She Makes Her Safe Choice’ will start in Kenya and Ethiopia providing information about contraception and safe abortion and will make safe abortion methods available. It is the first time that Rutgers has received such a large amount to improve access to safe abortion.

With the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the programme of Rutgers and DKT can prevent 2.6 million unsafe abortions worldwide in the coming 4 years.

In addition, the lives of 8,000 unwanted pregnant women will be saved, and 160,000 unwanted pregnancies will be prevented.

Courage

Rutgers finds it special that the Postcode Lottery is willing to support such a sensitive issue as safe abortion. Ton Coenen, executive director of Rutgers, explains: “The Postcode Lottery is committed to the rights of girls and women all over the world to choose whether they want children, when they want them and with whom. 

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That shows great courage. With their support we can make a big difference. For example, for the 5 million girls and women who face severe and lifelong complications, such as infertility, every year due to unsafe abortion.”

Marieke van Schaik, Managing Director of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, says: “In the Netherlands access to contraception and safe abortion is self-evident, but this is not the case in many other countries. And that is just so important for the lives of women, and the good functioning of families in often poorer living conditions. With the Dream Fund we always opt for courageous, pioneering and innovative projects and this is certainly true for this Rutgers and DKT’s programme.”

Sigrid van Aken, Ton Coenen and Caroline Tensen ©Roy Beusker Fotografie

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A safe choice for women

In Kenya and Ethiopia Rutgers and DKT International are starting a targeted approach to educate women and their partners about contraception and safe abortion. The programme informs women correctly and completely about their options in (preventing) an unwanted pregnancy and offers them access to an affordable and safe abortion, if they choose to have one.

Safe abortion methods will be made more widely available not only in Kenya and Ethiopia, but also in 90 countries worldwide via an online platform. Medical staff will be trained, directly and via the platform, in the correct use and application of safe abortion methods.


Note for editors
For more information or an interview with executive director Ton Coenen, please contact Communications of Rutgers via 0031 646193549 or communicatie@rutgers.nl.
More information about the programme ‘She Makes Her Safe Choice’ can be found on www.rutgers.international/dream_fund

About Rutgers
People are free to make their own choices with respect to sexuality and reproductive health. For this,  Rutgers connects research, practice and lobby. Our work is characterized by an inclusive and activist approach to sexuality education, improved access to contraception and safe abortion and the prevention of sexual violence. Our focus is on young people under 30. Rutgers is active in 18 countries. The organisation consists of 140 passionate professionals in the Netherlands, Indonesia and Pakistan.

About DKT International
Since its founding in 1989, DKT International has grown into one of the world’s largest providers of modern contraceptives and safe abortion methods. DKT is a non-profit social marketing organisation with offices in 29 countries (mainly in Africa and Asia) and distributors and agencies in some 50 other countries.

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Annually Rutgers receives support from the Dutch Postcode Lottery and its participants