My Womb! My Decision!: Stories of Sexual and Reproductive Justice and Activism | Student Run Lecture

Monday, March 16, 2015, 7 - 7pm

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The bodies of marginalized communities have been controlled most notably via access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. With patriarchy as the dominant framework, reproductive justice becomes a point from which those with privilege control the sexuality and reproductive rights of the wombs’ of women and trans men.

Having access to condoms, birth control methods and safe and legal abortions, doctors that are non-judgmental and supportive, and the option of having children or to breastfeed them without potential persecution is not universal.

In this session, join activists in an interactive dialogue with marginalized women and trans men whose reproductive rights have been violated through the denial of services, maternal mortality, and forced sterilization. While the session hosts speakers from many countries outside the United States, the US has a complex history of practicing eugenics and perpetuating reproductive injustices as well.


Special Guest Speakers

Justus Eisfeld, Co-Director, Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE) – NYC

Marama Pala, Chair of the Global Indigenous WG – New Zealand

Karen Stamm, co-founders of Committee to End Sterilization Abuse (CESA) – NYC

Teresia Njoki Otieno, International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) - Kenya


Moderated by Jessica Whitbread, ICW, Canada



We are holding this free public event at Cooper UNION during the 59th UN Commission on the Status of Women. To learn more about CSW59 and/or to register for other events please follow this link:

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.