ICDL Symposium: "Intersectional Interrogations of Reproductive Health for Women from Africa and its Diasporas"
2021-05-14 09:00 to 20:00
Online via Zoom
The symposium intends to critically explore the different intersectional realities of sexual and reproductive health among women from Africa and its diasporas. Reproductive health raises questions of women’s rights with regard to how their bodies are circumscribed through biology and social expectations connected with reproductive activity and sexual relations. An additional component is the issue of reproductive rights for women – to make choices, to privacy, to be free from discrimination, to access health services, financial and social resources. A third and no less important component is that of reproductive justice, which works to organize individuals and communities to challenge power inequalities engendered through state and commercially controlled exploitation of women’s bodies, sexuality and reproduction in managing racialized communities.
This event organised by the Africa Multiple Cluster’s Gender and Diversity Office at the University of Bayreuth intends to draw attention to current studies that explore the ways in which gender, race, class and health intersect and how power differentials mark the representations of African women’s bodies with regard to reproductive health.