Professor Aziza Ahmed - Northeastern University School of Law

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Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University, IGLP Network member and research grant recipient, is happy to announce this special event, hosted by Northeastern University and co-sponsored by the IGLP:

Movements for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Critical Reflections

Sept. 12-13, 2013

SRHR Meeting Agenda

Hosted by: Northeastern University School of Law

Co-sponsors: Ford Foundation, Northeastern University School of Law, the Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Harvard Law School Program on Law and Social Thought, Northeastern Forum on Feminist Thought, Northeastern Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, and Northeastern Program on Health Law and Policy.

Background & Questions Driving Our Discussion

The 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the 32nd year of the HIV epidemic provided an opportunity to reflect on and strategize about activist engagement over the last four decades.

This gathering of experts provided an opportunity for those of us working on and writing in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and HIV (defined broadly) to reflect, share, dialogue, and strategize.


Several questions structured our conversation over the course of the roundtable:

• How have legal advocacy, litigation, and activism forwarded the broader goals of the sexual and reproductive health and HIV movements globally and domestically?

• What has been the relationship between legal advocacy, litigation, and activism on sexual and reproductive health and HIV since HIV was first discovered and named?

• What are the limitations of legal strategies on HIV and sexual and reproductive health? Have there been unintended consequences?

Panelists provided short comments reflecting on their area of work to spark discussion.

Panelists spoke to the following:

• What could we have done better? Which legal strategies worked and which did not? Why?

• Who has been excluded from our movements? Who has been included? What drove the inclusion and exclusion from our movements? Who sets agendas? How might we critically reflect on these strategies?

• How have movements in the United States interacted with, shaped, and impacted movements around the world? What does this mean for U.S. activists, lawyers, and

advocates? What does this mean for setting agendas? What does this broadly indicate about cross-boarder coalitions and activism between the Global North and Global South?

• How have ideas on feminism, gender, and sexuality travelled? How have these ideas flowered in context? Has this been productive? Complicated? Why? How?

• What is the historic trajectory of the advocacy movement? How does this shape what we do today?

• What are the limitations of the legal and policy advocacy in bringing about the desired outcome?