Building Collective Power for Reproductive Justice: The 28th in Feminist Activism

As we prepare to mark May 28th as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, we would like to honor our movement’s interconnected efforts and collective action for transformative change!

For over two decades, feminist activists across the world have marked days of action to mobilize for our fundamental right to sexual and reproductive healthcare on May 28th – International Day of Action for Women’s Health, and September 28th – Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, and this year the inaugural Global Day of Action to Destigmatize Abortions has joined this history by taking place on March 28!

“The reproductive justice organizations co-convening the inaugural Global Day of Action to Destigmatize Abortions intentionally selected March 28  to connect our efforts. This shared date symbolizes the interconnectedness of our struggles and the strength of our collective activism.”

shared Mariana Gonzalez Cedraro, Communications Manager at inroads, and coordinator of this campaign.

This deliberate choice symbolizes unity and continuity within the feminist ecosystem, showcasing our collective power to advocate for transformative change in reproductive rights, health, and justice.

Each “28” day addresses different yet complementary aspects of reproductive justice, creating a powerful triad of advocacy that spans the full spectrum of women’s and gender-diverse people’s health and rights throughout the year.

💚May 28th: Pioneering Women’s Health Advocacy
Since its inception in 1987, May 28th has served as a global platform for women’s health advocates. Initiated by the Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) and the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR), this day has tackled various critical issues, from maternal mortality to access to contraception and safe abortion. The campaign aims to mobilize across movements, influence international health policies, and address the multifaceted aspects of women’s health and reproductive rights.

💚September 28th: Demanding Safe and Legal Abortion
The September 28 Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion has its roots in the Latin America and the Caribbean Feminist Gathering of 1990, which took place in Argentina. The date was selected to commemorate the abolition of slavery in Brazil and is symbolic of the struggle for bodily autonomy and reproductive rights. This campaign has rallied abortion justice activism in the region for over two decades, demanding governments to provide safe, legal, and free/affordable abortion services. Since 2011, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) has coordinated with global allies to expand this effort across more regions.

💚March 28th: Destigmatizing Abortions Worldwide
The inaugural March 28 Global Day of Action to Destigmatize Abortions in 2024 marks the beginning of this novel collective effort to dismantle abortion stigma. Convened by over 35 reproductive justice organizations with the coordination of the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma (inroads), it aims to transform narratives and practices to build a world where everyone is free to access their fundamental right to stigma-free abortion healthcare with dignity and support. It reinforces the fact that abortion is a common and normal part of reproductive journeys and strives to catalyze change to destigmatize abortions at multiple levels.

By connecting these days of action, we are reinforcing the feminist movement’s ability to address reproductive justice holistically. Our campaigns share allies and benefit from shared resources, unified messaging, and a collective voice that amplifies our demands for policy changes and social transformation.

In uniting our efforts, we demonstrate the power of building solidarity in the feminist ecosystem!

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