The Festival of Choice, London, UK
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 six feminist and human rights organisations have organised the Festival of Choice from 23 and 28 September. The festival aims to raise awareness of threats to reproductive rights and the plight of women who do not have access to safe and legal abortion in countries around the world. The Festival of Choice also wishes to celebrate the solidarity and activism of women and to strengthen and support the pro-choice message, locally and globally.
Organisers include the Amnesty International UK, Central America Women’s Network, 15M Women’s Assembly, Hysteria, My Belly is Mine, and Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. All participating organisations support a woman’s right to decide over her own body and hope to encourage others to raise their voice to protect the right of women to decide in countries where abortion is legal, and to fight for the right to safe abortion in countries where it is illegal or inaccessible.
We invite you to join the following events and actions:
Tuesday 23rd – Opening Event with HYSTERIA from 6.30pm at The Peckham Pelican, 92 Peckham Road, SE15 5PY, London
Wednesday 24th – “I choose” Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop from 6.30pm at Unite the Union, 128 Theobald’s Road, WC1X 8TN, London
Thursday 25th – Discussion Forum: The Impact of Banning Abortion from 6.30pm at Amnesty International Secretariat, 1 Easton Street, WC1X 0DW, London
Friday 26th – Art, Music and poetry from 7pm at the London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate Street, E1 1ES, London
Saturday 27th – Irish and Spanish Prochoice Activism from the 80s till Present from 12pm at Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA, London
Sunday 28th – Action on the International Day for the Decriminalisation of Abortion from 2pm at Southbank – more information to follow
The Festival will end with the signing of a joint manifesto by the participating organisations – see Facebook page for updates