London: Festival of Choice 2017

The London Festival of Choice aims to raise awareness of threats to reproductive rights and the plight of those in countries around the world who do not have access to safe and legal abortion. The Festival also wishes to celebrate the solidarity and feminist activism and to strengthen and support the pro-choice message, locally and globally. It will be held on 16th September from 10.30am to 9pm at Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA.

Panel: “Under attack: Women’s right to choose in times of political turmoil and rising fundamentalisms” – with speakers from IPPF, Sisters Uncut, Amnesty International UK and Marie Stopes International

Workshop 1Direct action and reproductive rights” – organised by Feminist Fightback

 Workshop 2“How to talk about abortion and stigma” – organised by IPPF

TalkAbortion rights in 2017: an international overview“ and letter-writing to your embassy (all day) – International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion

 Talk: “East London Strippers Collective presents… A Manifesto For Change” by East London Strippers Collective

 and much more, including workshops, music and a play.

On 17 September, Patients Not Passports with Docs Not Cops to protest immigration checks and maternity charges (details here), and Feminist Fightback is having an organising meeting, and on 30 September from 14:00 to 15:00 there will be a March at the Irish Assembly, in solidarity with the 6th annual March for Choice in Dublin, organised by Abortion Rights Campaign (details here), and then a fundraiser for the Abortion Support Network, in Hackney Wick (details here).