Rethink! Conversation Series

Choice, Rights and Reproductive Freedom

With support from Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), under the auspices of The Jas Programme, Akina Mama wa Afrika is convening a reflection platform for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) actors to critically reflect on current development theory and practice from a feminist perspective.

This Re-think: Conversation series: Choice, Rights and Reproductive Freedom aims to explore current theory and praxis on abortion rights and discuss the complexities feminist advocacy faces as relates to rights-based approaches. The conversation will unpack the language used in advocacy, exploring what framing access to abortion as ‘‘a woman’s right to choose’’ means and the limitations to that and similar widely used approaches. Discussants will also unpack alternatives to rights-based claims and contextualize the work to be done in Uganda and regionally in order to see gains to the SRHR movement.

As the rethink spaces are curated to spark deeper intellectual thought and critical analysis of key issues, Prof. Sylvia Tamale and Lydia Namubiru’s conversation will be guided by a paper: Lisa Smyth’s, Feminism and Abortion Politics: Choice, Rights and Reproductive Freedom.

Join the online conversation this Thursday 12 November 2020 at 1:30pm using the #JASProgramme.