My Womb! My Decision!
Event date: 16-Mar-2015
Stories of Sexual and Reproductive Justice and Activism
Co-Presented by the ICW and GATE
When: Monday, March 16th, 7-9pm
Where: The Cooper UNION, 41 Cooper Square, NYC Rose Auditorium
Special Guest Speakers Justus Eisfeld, Executive Director, Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE) – NYC Marama Pala, Chair of the Global Indigenous WG – New Zealand Karen Stamm, co-founders of Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CESA) – NYC Teresia Njoki Otieno, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) – Kenya
Moderated by Jessica Whitbread, ICW, Canada
The bodies of marginalized communities have been controlled most notably via access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. With patriarchy as the dominant framework, reproductive justice becomes a point from which those with privilege control the sexuality and reproductive rights of the wombs’ of women and trans men
Having access to condoms, birth control methods and safe and legal abortions, doctors that are non-judgmental and supportive, and the option of having children or to breastfeed them without potential persecution is not universal.
In this session, join activists in an interactive dialogue with marginalized women and trans men whose reproductive rights have been violated through the denial of services, maternal mortality, and forced sterilization. While the session hosts speakers from many countries outside the United States, the US has a complex history of practicing eugenics and perpetuating reproductive injustices as well.
We are holding this free public event at Cooper UNION during the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women. To learn more about CSW59 and/or to register for other events please follow this link: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015/side-events/calendar-of-side-events
**ICW is the only global network for and by women living with HIV. ICW exists to lead efforts towards securing and improving the quality of life for women living with HIV. We do this by mobilizing, organizing, advocating, mentoring and raising consciousness on the issues that directly impact our lives. Nothing for us without us!
**GATE is a trans* network coordinator, facilitator and advocate to the ‘outside’ world. GATE works to unite trans* movements for common goals, while developing trans* agendas on a conceptual policy level. We assist trans* movements and structures at the local, national and regional level, in order to facilitate the development of a new global networks of trans* organizations. Important to the work of GATE is its support of constructive communications between existing groups and new audiences.