11 Jul 2018

The Unfinished Revolution

The third iteration of the Abortion and Reproductive Justice Conference (titled The Unfinished Revolution) began on the 9th of July in Makhanda (Grahamstown), South Africa.

280 delegates are representing 26 Countries at the conference, with more international delegates than local delegates present. Included in the delegate pool are academics, researchers, activists, members of government departments, representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations, etc. This provides an opportunity for multi-level skills-sharing and knowledge-exchange to better the provision, experience, social aspects, etc of Termination of Pregnancy (TOP).

The conference is covering conversations about social and health system issues which restrict TOP, with themes including Activism & Advocacy; Education, Interventions & Treatment; Health Systems, Histories of Abortion, & Abortion Politics, Social Contexts & Communications, and Theory & Methods in Research. From 9 – 12 July, over 100 sessions concerning the aforementioned topics will have been held.

A gala dinner is to be held on the evening of 11 July 2018 in order to honour delegates and recipients of the Champion Awards which were awarded on 10 July 2018. More information on the recipients of the Champion Awards can be found here.

The final day will proceed tomorrow, 12 July 2018, in the Barratt lecture theatre complex at The University Currently Known As Rhodes (UCKAR/Rhodes University), covering 12 sessions.