Jashne-e-Reproductive Rights Festival

Delhi, India

Our objective [with the festival] is to increase awareness about abortion as a reproductive health and rights issue, and to demand that every person who chooses to have an abortion is guaranteed access to available, affordable, safe and legal comprehensive abortion care.

We will enable a safe, shared and inclusive space for people from diverse walks of life to gain information and develop nuanced understanding on reproductive rights issues, including about safe abortion, through the medium of engaging, interactive, and fun activities. The intention and motivation of the fest is to acknowledge, affirm, celebrate and gather support for reproductive rights and choices of all persons.

The fest will entail activities such as informative open sessions on talking and writing about abortion (and sexual and reproductive health and rights issues from a rights-based perspective), abortion speakout spaces to hear abortion experiences of those who have had abortion(s), those who have supported someone who has had abortion(s), and those who have provided abortion care, as well as using range of performance art to increase awareness and celebrate reproductive rights – spoken word poetry, music, street theatre, art and painting, puppetry, etc.

FULL REPORT: DuExpressIn, by Shivam Malhotra, 11 September 2019