All over the world, feminists and human rights organisations are marking 28th September: the international day of action for the decriminalisation of abortion. In London, feminist and human rights organisations have organised the Festival of Choice from 22 to 28 September. The festival of Choice aims to raise awareness of threats to reproductive rights and the plight of women and girls who do not have access to safe and legal abortion in countries around the world. The Festival of Choice also wishes to celebrate solidarity and activism and to strengthen and support the pro-choice message, locally and globally.
Organisers include the Central America Women’s Network, 15M Women’s Assembly, Amnesty International, Voice for Choice, Hysteria, Young Feminist London, Feminist Fightback, Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A and more. While each organiser represents its own mission and values, all participating organisations fully support the right to decide over one’s own body and hope to encourage others to raise their voice to protect the right to decide in countries where abortion is legal, and to fight for it in countries where it is illegal or inaccessible.
We invite you to join the following events and actions:
TUESDAY 22 7.30pm – Festival Opening and Music Trivia Quiz The William Blake 174-180 Old Street, EC1V 9PB || £5. All money raised goes to the Abortion Support Network (http://www.abortionsupport.org.uk)
WEDNESDAY 23 7pm – Tactics to counteract the anti-choice // Discussion&film. May Day Rooms, 88 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1DH
THURSDAY 24 7pm – Not a criminal: Reproductive Rights are Human Rights // Panel Discussion & Presentation of briefing paper Amnesty International, 1 Easton St, London WC1X 0DW. RSVP email@example.com for reserving your place
FRIDAY 25 6.30pm– Fundraising for Choice: An evening of music and arts. London Action Resource Centre (LARC), 62 Fieldgate St, E1 1ES
SATURDAY 26 1.30pm– Solidarity with Irish March for Choice . Parliament Square, Westminster.
6pm– Their laws, Our lives: An evening of films and discussion: Screening of A Quiet Inquisition + Q&A with film director; screening of The Freedom train. Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org for reserving your place
SUNDAY 27 11.30am -7pm Campaigning against oppression: A day of workshops. The Field, 385 Queens Road, SE14 5HD
MONDAY 28 6pm – Global Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion // Street Action. Secret Location. Contact us at email@example.com to get involved!
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