Panel: Roe v Wade & the Global Fightback

I was honoured to be invited by The World Transformed to speak about the many overlapping threats to bodily autonomy that we’re witnessing worldwide – and to discuss what we can learn from movements that are fighting back and defending our reproductive, gender identity and other related rights. Full details of the session are available here, and you can watch the full session below. Scroll down for speakers’ names and bios.

  • Facilitator: Dalia Gebrial, PhD candidate at the London School of Economics, and an editor at Novara Media
  • Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Labour MP for Streatham and Co-Chair of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs
  • Mallory Moore, researcher with Trans Safety Network tracking and uncovering organised harm within an intersectional community defence framework
  • Marta Kotwas, Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at UCL, with research covering right-wing populism, nationalism, modern Polish Catholicism, representations of patriotism and their influence on politics

Overview: The overturning of Roe v Wade, which has opened the door for the criminalisation of abortion in the US, stopped many in their tracks. The verdict is only the latest grim reminder that patriarchal capitalism deems women to be dangerous, and punishes them accordingly. The global policing of reproductive rights and bodily autonomy has gone hand in hand with the rise of bioessentialism and rampant transphobia, speaking to the intrinsic, violent connection between imperialism, nationalism and gendered violence. This panel will discuss these interrelations, as well as exploring existing internationalist modalities of resistance.