Reflections on Our Countries | 1st Edition, 2022

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Reflections On Our Countries: Analysis from the ground by younger south feminists, Edition: January – February, 2022

We are excited to share with you the first edition of Reflections on Our Countries for 2022!

In the last few weeks, we’ve seen both bad news and good news in our ongoing fight for bodily autonomy, whether the young women in India who are fighting for their rights in the hijabi rows or the young women in Colombia celebrating the decriminalization of abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.

In the first edition of Reflections from Our Countries in 2022, our editorial discusses the constant disembodiment we experience when our bodies are treated as not our own.

In this edition:

El Narco Estado En Paraguay y Los Cuerpos De Las Mujeres | The Narco State In Paraguay And The Bodies Of Women
Michi Moragas from Paraguay discusses how women’s bodies are seen as expendable and collateral in and by the Narco State.

Protecting HRDs By Implementing The Marrakech Declaration In Africa
Sibusiso Malunga from Zambia talks about how the bodies and safety of human rights defenders are constantly under threat and danger.

Feminist Response To Sexual Violence In Costa Rica
Laura Valenciano Arrieta from Costa Rica reflects on sexual violence against women and which bodies/incidents are considered worthy of the entire country’s attention.

Reflection On My First Ever UN Climate Change Conference – COP26
Our accomplice Akosita Sokidi from Fiji talks about the impact of Covid-19 related disembodiment activists are experiencing through exclusion from advocacy spaces, observing that “grassroots communities that are frontliners of climate justice issues happening on the ground” couldn’t be at COP26 to represent themselves.

Abortion, Laws, and Sexual and Reproductive Justice in Latin America
Oriana Lopez Uribe from Mexico and Laura from Costa Rica have a conversation about recent developments in Latin America around the decriminalization of abortion and the rising demands for bodily autonomy through voluntary access to reproductive medical services.

We invite you to dive into these Reflections, react to them, and to support our work in reclaiming our bodies and realizing sexual and reproductive justice.