Justice and Abortion

Reproductive justice focuses on the right to maintain bodily
autonomy, to parent and not to parent in safe and healthy environments. It does
so by supporting community processes to foster the material conditions that
shift underlying social determinants of health, therefore creating meaningful
choices. It is critical of the impact of criminalization of sexual and
reproductive decisions on the safety and health of communities. It weaves the individual
into the community and the local into the global. This side event builds up on
the conversation on intersectionality as politics and practice that we had
during our previous side event. By engaging with the framework of reproductive
justice, we continue to delve into intersectionality to show how it shapes our
work in the context of the upcoming International Safe Abortion Day.

A joint
statement on abortion and reproductive justice
was circulated by the Sexual
Rights Initiative in advance of the event and was signed by 300+ organisations
and 500+ individuals.

A side event was held on 25 September 2019 at the Palais des
Nations, Geneva, in conjunction with the September 2019 Human Rights Council
meeting. Confirmed speakers at the side event included:

  • Catalina
    Devandas, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities
  • Paola
    Salwan Daher, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Urszula
    Grycuk, Federation for Women and Family Planning
  • Anthea
    Taderera, Coalition of African Lesbians

SOURCES: Sexual Rights Initiative ; SRJC