Past Webinars

Abortions and Disability Stigma

Join Women Spaces Africa (Kenya) and Alliance for Choice (Northern Ireland) as they share experiences of their work to bust Abortions & Disability Stigma through an inroads webinar.

Here is a little bit more about the work that will be shared!

“The Voice Project” by Women Spaces Africa

Girls and young women with Disability especially in Kenya’s urban slums often could not obtain even the most basic information about Safe abortion contributing to its stigma. Women Spaces Africa (WSA) has continuously articulated against this dominant narrative by giving voice and power to Girls and Women with disabilities. WSA being a Women Disability led organization is uniquely positioned to bring the real, first-hand experiences of girls and women living with disabilities and their struggles and to enjoy reproductive rights and multifaceted stigma surrounding their sexual and reproductive needs. This is achieved through implementing the “My Voice Project” which has impacted significantly in reducing abortion stigma through GWWDs meaningful involvement and participation “Nothing about us, without us”.

“Abortion and Disability: The Whispered Conversation” by Alliance for Choice

These sessions are open and honest discussions about reproductive justice for people with disabilities. Abortion stigma exists in many forms as does disability stigma. We challenge abortion stigma through including disabled women’s lived experience and promoting a broader understanding of the relationship between disability and abortion rights.

These human rights do not compete. There is no contradiction between a woman’s right to reproductive choices and a disabled person’s right to independent living choices. However, we also acknowledge that different disabled women will have different requirements in relation to abortion rights and reproductive justice.

Second trimester medical abortions. A feminist study by the Socorristas; Presentation of the English version

*UPDATE: Wednesday 6 November | 9 AM EDT |1 PM UTC

Through this research project, the authors (Ruth Zurbriggen, Nayla Vacarezza, Graciela Alonso, Belen Grosso, María Trpin) expand knowledge on what for some is a controversial issue: Medical abortion during the second trimester of pregnancy. Based on their extensive  practice of providing information and accompanying later abortion, the Socorristas have developed this text, which systematically captures their experience and knowledge on the topic. 

The book presents the experiences and reflections of 23 women who had second-trimester medical abortions and 16 feminist activists who support and accompany this practice.

The study was conducted by Colectiva La Revuelta, which is part of Socorristas en Red, the national Socorrista network in Argentina. The English translation was supported by Women Help Women and inroads. Join Nayla Vacarezza and Susan Yanow as they present the English version of this research book to inroads members!

Creative Counter-culture: music, radio and edutainment for busting abortion stigma

Join inroads members from Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan as they share their experiences working with creative media and tools to bust abortion stigma and shift cultural views. Hear from members who were awarded inroads seed or iPF grants to work on radio programs, music recordings and edutainment to engage with people in their local and national contexts. Challenges and inspiring successes abound – come with questions and ideas! Featuring: WETEC (Kenya), Governance Links (Tanzania), GIWYN (Nigeria) and Peace Foundation (Pakistan).

Building an authentic abortion movement in South Korea: busting stigma with Na Young and Dr. Yoon

Join the conversation with inroads members Na Young and Dr. Yoon of the The Sexual and Reproductive Rights Forum and the Joint Action for Reproductive Justice in South Korea, who played a leading role in the movement that worked towards the monumental court decision on April 11 2019 when the law criminalizing abortion was declared unconstitutional. We will hear about how the movement for abortion built up in South Korea, how an understanding was built of their authentic struggle in order to bust stigma and also how global solidarity played an important role.

BYOQ: Examining our Political Foundations

Greetings Makers of inroads!

Are you interested in learning more about other inroads members?

Do you have any burning questions about how others are centering stigma in their political movements for reproductive rights and bodily autonomy?

Do you want to know more general info about how to use the inroads Collaboration Workspace?

Do you need any information on how or when to apply for Travel or Technical Assistance from inroads?

This is an opportunity to discuss all that AND MORE#!

From 13:00-14:15 GMT (9am to 10:15am EST) on August 15th 2019, inroads members and staff will gather to:

  1. Share very brief updates and progress.
  2. Discuss specific, technical questions about stigma or network processes.
  3. Dig into the Hot Topic Discussion: Examining our Political Foundations
  4. Pose questions or engage in open discussions.

This session’s Hot Topic Discussion will focus on Political Movements and Activism:

Understanding that abortion stigma does not exist in a vacuum, we hope to explore the ways that members are working within their political contexts to center abortion stigma. What are the political theories that inspire the stigma busting interventions that you are making in your community?

Skill Swap, Technical Assistance, a​nd More! Bring Your Own Questions (BYOQ) Webinar

Have a burning question about how others are advocating for policy change that can reduce stigma and improve access to abortion?

Interested in learning about other members?

Want to know more about how to use the inroads Collaboration Workspace?

Want information on how or when to apply for Travel or Technical Assistance from inroads?

This is an opportunity to discuss all that and more!

From 15:00-16:15 GMT (10am to 11:15am EST) on June 20th 2019, inroads members and staff will gather to:

  1. Share very brief updates and progress.
  2. Discuss specific, technical questions about stigma or network processes.
  3. Dig into the Hot Topic Discussion: Skill-Sharing!
  4. Pose questions or engage in open discussions.

This session’s Hot Topic Discussion & Skill-Share will focus on: exploring ways that we can learn from one another– and even work across borders, to advance our work as abortion restrictions intensify across many regions. What are the skills, best practices, and interventions that we have to offer?

Join us for our first *Virtual​ Poetry Open-Mic* with Stigma-Busters Worldwide

As inroads members work to bust abortion stigma: feeling, dreaming, revealing, speaking, repealing healing, finding meaning are all parts of our process. Poetry is a vital compass in the sea of stigma that we are navigating and undoing. 

In the words of poet Audre Lorde “…poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity for our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Poetry is the way we help give name to the nameless so it can be thought. The farthest external horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives….Our poems formulate the implications of ourselves, what we feel within and dare make real (or bring action into accordance with), our fears, our hopes, our most cherished terrors…it is our dreams that point the way to freedom. They are made realizable through our poems that give us the strength and courage to see, to feel, to speak, and to dare.” 

On May 21st 2019, you are all invited to the first inroads *Web Poetry Open-Mic*. 

For any questions write to : pintoa@ipas.org

Poem about the *inroads Poetry Open-Mic* 
poetry does not need to rhyme 
poetry known no time, no limits, yet creates space for all voices 
poetry can be in any language (interpretation is also your choice), 
poetry does not need to provide answers (just meaning, feeling, dreaming, revealing, healing) 
poetry does not need perfection; it all works best when we are our imperfect selves 
poetry is me, abortions should be legal, safe and free 
so, come one, come all 
bring your heart, ears and connectivity! 

Making inroads on Multiple Abortion Stigma: in-movement stigma, centering experience, new cultures and narratives

Join inroads members from across the globe as they discuss the serious issue that abortion focused organizations and movements have with addressing the stigma associated with people who have more than one abortion in their lives.

We will explore how the topic is taboo and stigmatized within our own movements and allied organizations; the ways public health and policy framing has overshadowed the experiences of people who have multiple abortions; the need for an intersectional and global approach to addressing this stigma; and how people can and already are pushing to change the stigma and culture that surrounds the people who have had multiple abortions and the concept of having more than one abortion. Come ready to listen and engage with questions, experiences, and ideas!

Making inroads with emerging technologies and media platforms.

Join inroads members from India and Bangladesh as they share their experiences working with new and emerging mediums and technologies to deliver innovative content and to change hearts and minds. Hear from members who have worked with mobile applications, podcasts, and virtual reality (VR) as platforms to engage with members of local, national, and global communities. Challenges and inspiring successes abound – come with questions and ideas! Featuring: Surabhi Srivastava and Kristin Francoeur, Reproductive Justice Happy Hour (India and the UK); [Presenter TBD], Love Matters India; S. M. Shaikat, SERAC-Bangladesh

inroads Bring Your Own Questions (BYOQ) April 2019 Webinar: inroads Turns 5!

The inroads team welcomes all inroads members to a very special Bring Your Own Questions Webinar. We’ll be celebrating the 5th Anniversary of The International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma. We will discuss the history, future, and current projects of inroads, and we are inviting members to bring whatever questions or ideas you have about any stigma, abortion, or network related topics.

Though we won’t have cake since we’ll be gathering remotely, we will have a few celebratory announcements and activities.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.