Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Cross-Regional Dialogues to Advance and Amplify our Movement

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Virtual Event | March 1, 2, 5, 2021

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The Rights from the Start (RFTS) inaugural event Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Cross-Regional Dialogues to Advance and Amplify Our Movement brings together leading experts and outstanding and inspiring advocates and activists from different countries across Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.

The dialogues will serve as a space to reflect and share experiences on feminist and rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Drawing from the Global South feminist movement's knowledge and experiences, our panelists will explore cross-regional connections, innovations, and shared priorities. They will also discuss how these can elevate youth voices and expand the feminist movement across our continent.

The thought-provoking conversations along with other relevant information will be captured in a report, which will be available in Spanish, English, and French. It will serve as a resource for people who are building the feminist movement across the region.

Why Talk About Latin America and the Caribbean and Why Now?

Latin America and the Caribbean are at a critical juncture. It is a region where feminist movements are gaining strength in some countries while others are seeing increasing threats and challenges to sexual and reproductive rights.

Argentina's historic decision to legalize abortion is a turning-point with ripple effects likely to be widespread. At the same time, lawmakers in Honduras have changed the country's constitution to make it virtually impossible to legalize abortion in the future.

These contrasting realities grant us a rich learning opportunity to build stronger and more resilient alliances across regions.

Objectives of the Cross-Regional Dialogues

1. Identify commonalities in cross-regional and cross-sectoral needs, challenges andopportunities.

  • Find linkages, common themes, and shared strategic priorities.

2. Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources.

  • Find which feminist and rights-based approaches to SRHR are working.
  • Contribute to capacity-building and increase synergies within and between movements, sectors, and regional contexts.

3. Collaboratively develop recommendations for governments and civil society organizations.

  • Collaborative recommendations will increase responsiveness to SRHR.
  • Compile the event's findings into a report to inform stakeholders.
  • The report should consolidate a rationale for sustained and increased commitments.



DIALOGUE 1: Challenging the State: The Promise and Limits of Strategic Litigation

  • 10:30 AM - 12 PM UTC -5 (EST/Lima/Quito)
  • 11:30 AM - 1 PM (La Paz/Georgetown)
  • 12:30 PM - 2 PM (BsAs)

Moderators: Sarah Kennell (Action Canada), Thalíe Ponce (CEPAM-G)

  • Lita Martínez Alvarado (CEPAM-G)
  • Pooja Badarinath (SRI)
  • Gabriela Oporto (Promsex)
  • Alisa Lombard (Semaganis Worme Lombard)

DIALOGUE 2:  Intersectional Oppressions: Advancing Reproductive Justice in Marginalized Contexts

  • 1 PM - 2:30 PM UTC-5 (EST/Lima/Quito)
  • 2 PM - 3:30 PM (La Paz/Georgetown)
  • 3 PM - 4:30 PM (BsAs)

Moderator : Eunice Leyva García (Youth Coalition)

  • Daniela Esmeralda Vázquez Matías (Almas Cautivas)
  • Kara Gillies (Action Canada)
  • Kelly Perneth 
  • Adriana Guzmán 
  • Claire Dion Fletcher (National Aboriginal Council of Midwives)


DIALOGUE 3: Lessons from the Pandemic: Innovations in Youth Engagement

  • 10:30 AM - 12 PM UTC -5 (EST/Lima/Quito)
  • 11:30 AM - 1 PM (La Paz/Georgetown)
  • 12:30 PM - 2 PM (BsAs)

Moderator: Mariana Cruz Murueta (IPPFWHR)

  • Carmen Rosa Ortiz Ticona (INPPARES)
  • Becky Van Tassel (Centre for Sexuality)
  • Pahola Peñaranda Villarroel (CIES)
  • Nicole Cheetham (Advocates for Youth)
  • Makeda Zook (Action Canada)

DIALOGUE 4: Beyond the Classroom: SRHR in Arts and Culture

  • 1 PM - 2:30 PM UTC-5 (EST/Lima/Quito)
  • 2 PM - 3:30 PM (La Paz/Georgetown)
  • 3 PM - 4:30 PM (BsAs)

Moderator: Daniela Marin Platero (Action Canada)

  • María Galindo (Mujeres Creando)
  • Amanda Kanbari (FOXY)
  • Cayetana Salao (Caye Cayejera)
  • Kyisha Williams
  • Elizabeth Grace Wong (Nuance)


DIALOGUE 5: Amplifying Youth Voices in Cross-Regional Collaborations

  • 1 PM - 3 PM UTC-5 (EST/Lima/Quito)
  • 2 PM - 4 PM (La Paz/Georgetown)
  • 3 PM - 5 PM (BsAs)

Moderators: Daniela Marin Platero, Nora Loreto

  • Asmaa Ali
  • Habon Ali 
  • Adriana Mendoza (IPPFWHR Youth Network)
  • Kobe Smith (GRPA Youth Network)
  • Donna Ng (IYAFP)
  • Iehente Foote (NYSHN)