Working Toward ‘A Future In Which Reproductive Justice Just Is’

In a time of deep divisiveness in countries across the globe, the fourth annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Symposium at Northeastern on Friday sought to build coalitions to fight for the future of reproductive justice.

The daylong event, titled “No Turning Back: The Past, Present, and Future of Reproductive Justice,” convened more than a dozen scholars and activists whose work spans the globe to examine some of the current debates in the sphere of reproductive justice and define the work that still needs to be done.

“‘No turning back’ is certainly an important rallying cry, and we’re all engaged in looking ahead,” said Uta Poiger, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and one of the symposium’s organizers. In the wake of threats to the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling, which affirms abortion rights, and with January’s Women’s marches garnering millions across the globe, Poiger added, “I think we’re all deeply worried about the moment we’re living in, both nationally and internationally, and we’re here to think through the terms of what coalition-building needs to be done.”

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