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Bodily Self-Determinations: Re-imagining a Feminist Framework

Bodily Self-Determinations: Re-imagining a Feminist Framework

February 10, 2009, 6.30pm
McGill University, Leacock Building, Room 232

A panel emphasizing the importance of self-determination over one’s body. Speakers will draw from hands on experience fighting for better health resources and for meaningful accessibility.

From indigenous peoples to people with disabilities, from trans people to people seeking abortions, the common ground is the act of asserting and affirming bodily self-determination. This means that the individual should be the ultimate decision maker and definer of what happens to their own body. By connecting the dots between these often disparate struggles, this panel will contextualise recent attacks on marginalized bodies as a wider neo-conservative attack on bodily self-determination. Bridging the gap between second and third wave feminism with politics that are relevant and effective today, this panel hopes to forge and emphasize solidarity between struggles with the common goal of bodily self-determination.

Speakers:
*Carolyn Egan was a founding member of the Ontario Coalition for Abortion Clinics and helped to organize the campaign to repeal the federal abortion law and legalize freestanding abortion clinics in Ontario.  She was with Dr. Henry Morgentaler in Ottawa when the Supreme Court announced its decision overturning the federal law. She works as a sexual health counselor and is president of the board of the Immigrant Women’s Health Centre in Toronto.

*Nora Butler Burke works for Action Santé Travesti(e)s et Transsexuel(le)s du Québec, a local trans health support and advocacy project at CACTUS-Montreal, and is involved in migrant justice organizing.  Read more →

HIV/AIDS: Community responses and Activism

This panel discussion seeks to explore the HIV/AIDS pandemic, community responses and activism. Through the work that these speakers have done, this panel hopes to bring light to all of the hidden and silenced histories of the pandemic, illuminating a variety of tactics used to resist and combat oppression, stigma and invisibility.

Guest speakers include Anna-Louise Crago, Mikiki from Toronto, McColeman from AIDS Community Care Montreal, Farah from Solidarity across Borders .

When: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Qpirg Concordia – 1500 De Maisonneuve O. suite 204

Beyond Bill C-484!

Title: Beyond Bill C-484!
Location: 2110 Mackay Street, ground floor Concordia University
Description: Beyond Bill C-484!

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TUESDAY November 25th
1:30 PM
2110 Mackay Street, ground floor
Concordia University
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Join us at the 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy for an open meeting to
discuss concrete strategies for confronting the limitations of
abortion access across the country and the ongoing attack on reproductive autonomy in Canada.

In the aftermath of proposed Bill C-484 (\”Unborn Victims of Crime Act\”), and the threat it posed to abortion rights in Canada, we will be discussing strategies for moving beyond reactions to government policy and towards a proactive, grassroots movement for reproductive autonomy.

Let\’s make reproductive autonomy a reality!

**Snacks will be provided**

**This event is wheelchair accessible**

Date: 2008-11-28