We are happy to invite you to a multiday inroads Global Abortion Accompaniment Workshop, carefully crafted and facilitated by inroads members with vast experience accompanying abortion journeys in different countries and settings.
The workshop’s goals are:
The 5-day workshop is a participatory, learning, and un-learning space where participants will explore the following topics and questions:
November 15: What is Abortion stigma, medical abortions, and why is Accompaniment important?
Facilitated by Daniela Tellez del Valle (Di RAMONA), Vane Jimenez and Sandra Cardona (Necesito Abortar), from México.
November 17: What does a world with accompaniment, feminist companionship, and referral look like in diverse settings?
Facilitated by Ika Ayu (Samsara) and Mitra Kadarsih (midwife), from Indonesia.
November 18: Why must we talk about Intersectional stigma at the individual level when accompanying abortions?
Facilitated by Karo Więckiewicz and Natalie B (Abortion Dream Team), from Poland.
November 22: How do we explore our values while supporting abortion journeys? How do we set boundaries?
Facilitated by Zachi Brewster and Carly Manes (Dopo Abortion Support), from the United Kingdom, USA & Italy.
November 24: How do we unlearn stigma at the community level, and pull in various stakeholders to support accompanied abortions?
Facilitated by Rosemary Shikari (NAWIRI), from Kenya.
The workshop is for inroads members that:
All workshops are 2 hours long, from 1:30-3:30 pm UTC. You can select your timezone in the registration form to see the time in your location before registering. The live sessions will have interpretations for English, Spanish, and French.
The space is limited to just 25 participants per session to make it as dynamic and participatory as possible. Members can attend all five days or choose specific sessions to attend.
Please treat your registration as a confirmation of attending the entire 2-hour session, and honor our commitment by attending and actively participating in the live session.
If you are interested but are not a member yet, apply to join inroads today!
Register for the upcoming Online Training for inroads members titled Exploring Definitions and Measurement Tools of Abortion Stigma, focused on skill-sharing and mutual learning.
This 3 hour training aims to bring participants greater familiarity with current abortion stigma definitions and measurement tools at a range of levels (intrapersonal, individual, community). It will provide an overview of existing (scales) tools and methodologies for understanding stigma manifestations and measurement, as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
Participants who attend the training will be able to:
-More precisely define stigma and how it manifests in members’ working context (causes/targets/consequences);
-Gain familiarity with some tools to measure abortion stigma (SABAS, ILASS, CLASS, APSS) and understand some of their strengths and weaknesses
-Practice the administration of a scale in groups to familiarise with how questions are posed and what kind of answers may be given
We have limited seats, and once they fill up we will maintain a waiting list. We request that if your registration is confirmed that you treat it as a solid confirmation of your participation, and in case you cannot attend the training that you email email@example.com before October 25 @ 10am UTC to let us know of the same.
About the Facilitators:
Shena Cavallo is a consultant based in Mexico City. She works with non-profit organizations, social movements, activists and funders on strategic planning and resource mobilization. She is passionate about supporting grassroots organizations to access long-term, flexible funding. For eight years she worked at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) where she worked directly with partner organizations in Latin America, the Middle East/West Asia and North Africa. She has a B.A from Duquesne University in International Affairs and Political Science and an M.A. in International Development, with a concentration in Human Security, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Claudia Lo Forte is a social development and feminist practitioner based in the UK. She has 15 years’ experience in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa and in her own country, Italy. Claudia works in M&E design, programme and policy development and evaluation in topics such as gender equality and women’s empowerment, masculinity and men’s engagement, violence against women and children and sexual and reproductive health. Claudia is currently studying for a PhD in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine focusing on the social and political determinants of marriage, family formation and SRH access, including safe abortion, in the MENA region. Claudia is also exploring de-colonial research methodologies that generate context-sensitive knowledge glossaries and programmatic responses to issues affecting the communities.
Over the last month and a half, inroads members who have vast experience centering the voices of people with disabilities, advocating for disability and reproductive justice, inter-connecting the disability struggle with that of women, trans and queer people who use drugs, sex workers and people living with HIV, have come together to plan for this week.
We have a fabulous line-up of inroads member facilitators, each who will be inviting you to brainstorm around the BIG questions that come up in this work, sharing from their contexts, successes and challenges and facilitating members through an activity to reflect, build understanding and anti-stigma practices.
You can attend all three days (if possible, this would be a marvellous opportunity and lead to an inroads Cohort who are taking up these questions together) or choose specific sessions to attend. The sessions are on October 12,13 and 14 from 2pm-4pm UTC.
Facilitated by Lillian Kivuti and Phylis Mbeke (Kenya)
This session will focus on stigma faced by girls and women with disabilities while accessing abortion services and discuss possible way mitigation. Given the dynamic nature of stigma– enacted through structures and individuals, and mediated by relationships of power, control, and domination that are continuously produced and reproduced by actors either intentionally or unconsciously—How can we normalize abortions among people with disabilities?
Facilitated by Medea Khmelidze, Esma Imerlishvili and Gvantsa Kvinikadze (Georgia)
This session is focussed on Intersectional Stigmas of Abortion: HIV related status, Drug use, and/or Sex Work. Through, collective brainstorming, exchanging information on unique legislation and socio-economic and cultural context, the workshop will create space for sharing realities PLHIV, those using drugs and in sex work face when trying to reach out abortion services.
The workshop explores linkages between HIV, disabilities and abortion, enhances learning on enabling environmental determinants and special needs PLHIV, those using drugs and in sex work have, as well as unwraps impact of intersectional stigmas on the physical and mental health and possible mitigation strategies.
Facilitated by Naomi O’Connor and Jakki Hanlon (Northern Ireland)
The session will explore the experiences of people who live at the intersection of disability and reproductive justice. People with disabilities, who live at the intersection, care deeply about both protecting reproductive autonomy, including the right to access safe abortion, and dismantling harmful disability-related stigma.
Is it possible to live in a world where abortion justice and disability rights can co-exist?This workshop examines why that is not only possible, but also necessary. If we are to dismantle the ableist anti choice patriarchal stigma that prevails and is continuously pedalled by opponents of abortion rights who co-opt disability rights language to impose greater restrictions on abortion access, then it’s time to take the ‘whispered conversation’ out of the closet and place it front and centre where it belongs.
Join this session to learn from inroads staff about our vision, mission, values and strategic goals that are part of inroads’ Strategic Plan 2021-25. This session is a space for open conversation, questions and building alignment between members of our network.
Bring Your Own Questions (BYOQ) to this webinar about the application process for inroads Grants.
We are excited to share more information about the inroads Partnership Fund (iPF) grant opportunities. The application window will open July 22. This year we will have 2 types of grants being administered by the iPF:
Seed Grants ($1,000- $5,000) & Collaboration grants ($20,000- $40,000).
This Spacious Solidarity Dialogue is between Kristine Chan (PINSAN, Philippines) and Michelle Gallo (EQUIDAD de Genero, Mexico), inroads members who have been working on Shifting the Narrative around Abortions, to normalise conversations about abortions, to create safe spaces to share about abortion journeys and to advocate for a world free of abortion stigma.
Tune in to listen to their journeys, successes and challenges and learnings as they describe their projects including: Abortion Storytelling Circles (online and offline), FOCOS project (to create connections across geographies between people who have abortions), Fanzines, Music Albums, Art & Poetry Workshops, that center the experiences of people who have abortions.
Kristine is a versatile visual artist from the Philippines, working on both digital and traditional mediums. She is the co-founder and president of Filipino Freethinkers (FF), a civil society organization promoting critical thinking, evidence-based legislation, and progressive advocacy, including women’s rights (sexual and reproductive rights, divorce, feminism), LGBT rights, and freedom of expression.
Michelle is Projects Officer at Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia, a Mexican feminist organization. She is a feminist activist and gender justice advocate with expertise and special interest in countering anti-rights and anti-gender actors via advocacy, narrative change, and practice. She has a MA in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland where her researched focused on the strategies used by feminist and LGBTQI movements and allies to counter “gender ideology” discourse in Latin America. Outside of her activism she is a passionate but unskilled knitter and has recently started making pottery.
Join the conversation grounded in community care and relationship-building, between Daniela Tellez del Valle (DI Ramona, Mexico) and Natalie Broniarczyk (Abortion Dream Team, Poland). The discussants are inroads members who have built collective processes, dream teams and fora to create collective strength for destigmatizing and accompanying abortions in their contexts. They have also experienced and worked creatively to continue doing this work during the COVID19 pandemic. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!
Daniela is a Mexican, fat-activist, feminist, bisexual, and social psychologist. She has 3 passions in life: being an abortion doula, her wife and her English bulldog. She collaborates in Di RAMONA, where she fights for free sexualities without stigma for a happier and more tender world in Hidalgo, México.
Natalie is the co-founder of the Abortion Dream Team and Abortion Without Borders. A Polish feminist activist helping people access abortions in Poland and working towards de-stigmatisation of abortion. Self-managed abortion enthusiast. Researcher at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences (the Sociology and Anthropology of Law) at the University of Warsaw.
Join the conversation grounded in community care and relationship-building, between Mickreen Adhiambo (Aunty Jane Hotline, Kenya) and Sara Walsh ( Abortion support worker, Ireland).
The discussants are inroads members who have been accompanying abortions in their contexts be it via managing a hotline, online and in-person accompaniment. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!
I’m Sara, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m an Irish woman based in London, UK. My journey in reproductive rights has been based on supporting friends and loved ones in their abortion journeys, seeing first hand the barriers put in place to access abortions in my home country. As a result, I decided that I would always be open and discuss abotion to lessen the stigma.
I’m Adhiambo, my pronouns are she/her/hers. Based in Nairobi Kenya. My journey in reproductive rights has been ensuring women and girls in my home country get quality safe abortion information including the legal context and referral mechanisms to enable them make informed reproductive health choices and get quality, confidential and non judgemental safe abortion and post abortion services. By providing the information, this enables me to provide safe and open spaces for conversations and advocacy.
Register for the upcoming inroads Proposal Writing Online Training for inroads members, focused on skill-sharing and sustainability of community-care work.
This training is for members who do not usually have any professional support to ideate, advise and reflect on their practices of proposal writing. In this training, participants will 1) discuss tendencies in philanthropy and donor-support in their regions 2) understand what it takes to find the right donor for their work 3) do a practical activity together of reading a successful proposal and possibly writing one together (that articulates in a values-centred way, describes engagingly the nuances of their abortion stigma-busting work, and creates a creative proposal). 4) There will also be space to build community around the frustration of presenting many proposals, the struggles of finding sustainable funding and other emerging areas of need.
Xiomara Carballo Briceño is an Afro- Costa Rican feminist, Human Rights activist, sexual and reproductive rights advocate, with more than 12 years of experience in transformative processes for social justice, through participatory methodologies, collective education, innovative activism, political advocacy, conscious leadership, strategic planning for social development and movement building, intercultural- intersectional approaches, trust and collective care based philanthropy with cooperation agencies and grassroots organizations and human right defenders across Latin America, Africa and Asia. She loves to consciously engage in, and create safe spaces for critical thinking, revolutionary work, radical healing, and continuous joy and laughter.
Join the conversation grounded in the values of mutual learning and relationship-building, between Omodele Ibitoye Ejeh (Initiative to Resist Institutional Slavery and Exploitation (iRISE), Nigeria) and Maja Dimitrijevic (Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), Serbia). The discussants are inroads members who have been working in refugee contexts providing psychosocial counselling and using arts based methods such as theatre and voice to create a space for people to narrate their abortion stories. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!
Omodele, is an activist , a counselling teacher with about 19 years of counselling experience. Omodele is the coordinator of One Billion Rising in Nigeria, she is the Founder of Initiative to Resist Institutional Slavery and Exploitation (IRISE), an organization that focuses on women’s sexual rights , reproductive health including women’s rights to safe abortion ,gender based violence. Through counselling her work has been able to help girls and women in rural, urban and crises areas tell their abortion stories for the purpose of emotional healing.
Maja works as a Program Assistant with organizational, program, and fieldwork focus at the Serbian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health ( an IPPF member). She has been involved for 10 years in different types of work and activities related to human, women rights and gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and now with the focus on sexual and reproductive rights. Giving the experience she provided psychosocial and educational session support for vulnerable groups on which work she is very proud.