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.

AGENDA MARZO 1 | MARCH 1 | MARS 1

DIÁLOGO 1 | DIALOGUE 1: Desafiando al Estado: La promesa y los límites del litigio estratégico | Challenging the State: The Promise and Limits of Strategic Litigation | Contester l’État : le potentiel et les limites du contentieux stratégique


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

¿Qué fallas se observan en el cumplimiento de la obligación estatal de garantizar SDSR como derechos universales? ¿Con qué grado de éxito les activistas han logrado utilizar los mecanismos de rendición de cuentas en materia de derechos humanos una vez agotados los recursos a nivel nacional?

How have states failed in guaranteeing SRHR as universal rights? How has strategic litigation helped to amplify these calls? How have activists succeeded in leveraging human rights accountability mechanisms when domestic channels have been exhausted?

Comment les États ont-ils échoué à garantir la SDSG comme droit universel? Comment les contentieux stratégiques ont-ils contribué à amplifier ces appels? Comment les militant-es ont-ils/elles mis à profit les mécanismes de responsabilisation en matière de droits humains une fois les recours nationaux épuisés?

Moderadoras | Moderators | ModérateurSarah Kennell (Action Canada), Thalíe Ponce (CEPAM-G)
Panelista | Panelists | P
anéliste:

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

DIÁLOGO 2 | DIALOGUE 2: Opresiones interseccionales: Avance de la justicia reproductiva en contextos de marginalidad | Intersectional Oppressions: Advancing Reproductive Justice in Marginalized Contexts | Oppressions intersectionnelles : faire avancer la justice reproductive en contextes marginalisés


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

¿Cómo podemos desmantelar las opresiones interconectadas en espacios de SDSR? ¿Qué le aporta a este trabajo la aplicación de una perspectiva de justicia reproductiva? ¿Qué podemos aprender de los activismos de base para nuestro trabajo de incidencia? ¿Cómo se manifiestan los distintos factores que llevan a la marginalidad en contextos específicos?

How can we work to dismantle intersectional oppressions in SRHR* spaces? How can the application of a reproductive justice lens aid us in advancing this work? How can we learn from grassroots activism to advance our advocacy? How do different sources of marginality manifest differently in distinct contexts?

Comment pouvons-nous travailler à démanteler les oppressions intersectionnelles dans les espaces de SDSG? Comment une perspective de justice reproductive peut-elle nous aider à faire progresser ce travail? Comment pouvons-nous tirer des leçons du militantisme de la base pour faire avancer notre plaidoyer? Comment différentes sources de marginalité se manifestent-elles différemment dans des contextes distincts?

Moderadora | Moderator | ModérateurEunice Leyva García (Youth Coalition)
Panelistas | Panelists | P
anélistes:

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

AGENDA MARZO 2 | MARCH 2 | MARS 2

DIÁLOGO 3 | DIALOGUE 3: Lecciones de la pandemia: Innovaciones en la participación de la juventud en la SDSR | Lessons from the Pandemic: Innovations in Youth Engagement | Leçons de la pandémie : innovations dans l’implication des jeunes


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

¿Cómo hemos respondido a los desafíos que implica continuar con nuestro trabajo en la pandemia? ¿Cómo han hecho las organizaciones para seguir llegando a la juventud pese a los muchos desafíos que presenta la COVID-19? ¿Qué innovaciones han surgido en este contexto? ¿Qué lecciones se pueden aprender acerca de la integración de estas prácticas en nuestro trabajo a futuro?

How have we responded to the challenges of maintaining our work throughout the pandemic? How have organizations continued to reach youth despite the many challenges of COVID-19? What innovations have emerged out of this context? What lessons can be learned about integrating these practices into our continued work?

Comment répondons-nous aux défis que pose le maintien de notre travail pendant la pandémie? Comment les organismes continuent-ils à joindre les jeunes malgré les nombreux défis liés à la COVID-19? Quelles innovations ont émergé de ce contexte? Quelles leçons pouvons-nous tirer de l’intégration de ces pratiques dans la poursuite de notre travail?

Moderadora | Moderator | Modérateur: Mariana Cruz Murueta (IPPFWHR)
Panelistas | Panelists | Panélistes:

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

DIÁLOGO 4 | DIALOGUE 4: Más allá del aula: La SDSR en el arte y la cultura | Beyond the Classroom: SRHR in Arts and Culture | Au-delà de la salle de classe : la SDSG dans les arts et la 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)

¿Cómo podemos involucrar a la juventud en la educación sexual más allá del salón de clases? ¿Por qué es importante afirmar y defender nuestros derechos fuera de espacios institucionales? ¿Cuáles son los beneficios de transversalizar nuestras demandas y diversificar nuestros canales de comunicación?

How can we engage youth through sex-ed beyond the classroom? Why is it important to assert and advocate for our rights outside of institutional spaces? What are the benefits of transversalizing our demands and diversifying our channels of communication?

Comment pouvons-nous impliquer les jeunes dans l’éducation à la sexualité au-delà des salles de classe? Pourquoi est-il important d’affirmer et de défendre nos droits en dehors des espaces institutionnels? Quels sont les avantages de la transversalisation de nos revendications et de la diversification de nos canaux de communication?

Moderadora | Moderator | Modérateur: Daniela Marin Platero (Action Canada)
Panelistas | Panelists | P
anélistes

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

AGENDA MARZO 5 | MARCH 5 | MARS 5

DIÁLOGO 5 | DIALOGUE 5: Ampliando las voces de la juventud en colaboraciones interregionales | Amplifying Youth Voices in Cross-Regional Collaborations | Amplifier les voix des jeunes dans les collaborations interrégionales


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

¿Por qué mirar ahora a América Latina y el Caribe? ¿De qué maneras analizar los diferentes contextos regionales en América Latina-Caribe y Canadá puede ayudarnos a conocer mejor las prácticas promisorias en SDSR? ¿Por qué la participación juvenil es fundamental para esto y cómo podemos integrar voces juveniles a nuestro trabajo? ¿Cuál ha sido la influencia de las personas jóvenes en las distintas formas de hacer incidencia por SDSR?

Why shift our focus to Latin America and the Caribbean? How can an examination of the differing regional contexts in Latin America and the Caribbean and in Canada enrich our understanding of promising practices in SRHR? Why is youth engagement essential to this and how can youth voices be integrated into our work? How have young people shaped the ways in which SRHR advocacy is carried out?

Pourquoi se concentrer sur l’Amérique latine et les Caraïbes? Comment un examen des différents contextes régionaux en Amérique latine et dans les Caraïbes ainsi qu’au Canada peut-il enrichir notre compréhension des pratiques prometteuses en SDSG? Pourquoi l’implication des jeunes est-elle essentielle, et comment pouvons-nous intégrer leurs voix dans notre travail? Comment les jeunes personnes ont-elles façonné les modalités du plaidoyer en SDSG?

Moderadoras | Moderators | Modérateurs: Daniela Marin Platero, Nora Loreto
Panelistas | Panelists | P
anélistes

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