Feminist Fightback invites you to a day of workshops, focussing on attacks on access to abortion around the world, and what we can do to resist together.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in Britain, but the upsurge in right-wing populism represents a serious threat to reproductive rights in the UK and internationally. The election of Trump bodes ill for women and people of other genders who require reproductive health services in the United States, right-wing governments in Poland and Spain have attempted to introduce dracionian anti-choice legislation, and abortion remains illegal in both the Republic and the North of Ireland. The return of a hard right Conservative party in Britain is also likely to herald attacks on our access to abortion – renewed attempts to cut back the time limit, the erosion of abortion services through NHS privatisation, increased surveillance of abortion providers, and giving the green light to a rising tide of anti-choice bigots picketing clinics.
Feminist Fightback believes this is a crucial moment for us to take stock of the situation, learn from inspiring examples of feminist activism, and strategise for the future.
This workshop will hear from feminist activists from Ireland, Poland, Spain and the United States, as well as those of us in Feminist Fightback to have been active in fighting for reproductive rights in Britain over the last 10 years. We will be focusing on attacks on abortion but through the lens of a wider reproductive rights model, insisting that real ‘choice’ and control over our bodies must also entail the right to housing, free healthcare and sex and relationships education. The aim of the day is to both educate ourselves and develop concrete plans for action.
Invited speakers include –
Speaking of Imelda, Sister Supporter, Action for Trans Health, Bloomsbury Pro-Choice, London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, Black Women’s Health and Family Support, Polish Feminists.
Arrival/ tea 11.30-12
Abortion: what’s going on? (12-1pm)
Speakers about situation in Ireland, Poland and the US, and for trans and non-binary people.
How to resist anti-abortion picketers – information and skill sharing (1-2.30pm)
Extending abortion rights to Northern Ireland (3.30-4.30pm)
What is the situation? What are the different approaches?
Action planning session (4.30-6pm)
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