Katya Skvortsova - 18 mins | Argentina/Russia , 2018
On August 8, 2018 the Argentinian Senate voted against legalising abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The law would have saved countless lives; according to Amnesty International more than 3,000 women have died over the last 25 years as the result of unsafe abortion. It continues to be a leading cause of maternal death, with a reported 500,000 illegal abortions taking place every year resulting in an estimated 80,000 women being hospitalised due to complications. Most of these women are open to face criminal charges as the current law, which dates back to 1921, only allows abortion in cases of rape or when the health of the mother is at risk.
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Katya is a Russian documentary filmmaker and journalist. She has lived in Crimea, Saint Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and New York before settling down in Berlin in 2017. Her career as a filmmaker started at the United Nations where she assisted with production of short-form documentaries for the UN television and social media. Her work is primarily focused on promoting human rights and women empowerment around the world. Right now she's working on her new film project about education of girls in Kenya.