The second Feminist Fightback open steering meeting saw women from across the trade union and student movements discuss direct action on abortion rights, a pro-choice teach-in and plans for international women’s day.
It was decided that the picket of the Christian Medical Foundation should use the slogans “Don’t turn back the clock on reproductive freedoms” and “women deserve choice” (a spin on the CMF’s declaration that “women deserve better” than abortion). We’ll be picketing outside the CMF headquarters from 4pm, moving to Borough High Street at 5pm to leaflet the public.
Other suggested pro-choice action included organising a teach-in day on reproductive rights, covering issues from sex education to international solidarity, with workshops and debates. Watch this space for more.
We also discussed International Women’s Day, and plan to go along to the “Million Women Rise” demonstration against violence against women, to join in but also to spread awareness about International Working Women’s Day, it’s history and why it matters. A joint seminar with the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq was also proposed – more soon.