Reproductive Justice


Reproductive justice is an aggregation of reproductive rights and social justice. It is an intersectional activist concept founded in the 1990s by Black women in the USA. Reproductive justice includes not only abortion rights, but also population policy, contraceptive policy, family and role models, reproductive technologies, birth control and much more.Reproductive rights are often not enough.

In order to achieve reproductive justice, more is needed than self-determination rights on paper. That is what we intend to achieve with this focus.



Women fight for reproductive rights

Women and girls just want to have fundamental human rights! That’s what we hear in this podcast. Yet many states restrict their reproductive rights and regulate abortion alongside murder in their criminal codes.This podcast takes us to Ireland to find out how they managed to liberalise a very strict 8th amendment. We learn about 11-year old Lucia, an Argentine denied her right to abortion, and about how Malawi is dragging its abortion laws out of the 1800s. Final stop is China where despite continued forced abortions and strict family policies women are discovering their human rights.

The global business of surrogacy

This podcast is only available in German.

Surrogacy has become a global business. For many couples it is the only hope of having a child, for many women it is the only chance of making money. It gets complicated when it comes to surrogacy: what about the legitimate desire of many couples to have a child? What emotional and physical stress are the surrogate mothers exposed to? And what about the emotional and financial situation of the intended parents? What is the legal situation: Who is the legal mother of the child? Which citizenship does it have then? Vanessa Loewel goes in search of answers.

Fight for legal and safe abortions

This podcast is only available in German.

There is no punishment for having an abortion within twelve weeks, still the stigma of a crime remains. It is a piece of legislation that criminalizes patients and doctors - with negative sonsequences for mediacal care. Of course, the situation is even more dramatic in countries where abortions are almost invariably prohibited. This year we were mainly focused on the news from Ireland, Argentina and Poland: Vanessa Loewel spoke to activists from these three countries, as well as to the experts Stephanie Schlitt and Peggy Piesche from the Gunda Werner Institute.

Reproductive rights around the world