Struggles over women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health have been central in advancing women’s human rights in general. They remain, even in France and the UK, challenged and contested in ways that have often thwarted the genuine advance of legal equality.
At an event organised by the French Embassy in the UK, our expert panel of speakers will discuss what remains to be done for girls and women to gain full possession of their sexual and reproductive rights, and the expected impacts on their health and wellbeing.
Held in the run up to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris from 30 June to 2 July, our panel will explore how these rights are being enacted across the globe, from developing countries to Europe.
Our speakers include Elinor Cleghorn, author of Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a man-made world, a trailblazing conversation-starting history of women’s health; Ellen Annandale of the University of York, UK, whose research focuses on gender inequalities in health and women’s reproductive healthcare; Marie-Hélène Lahaye, a Belgian lawyer who has been campaigning for a more respectful birth since 2013; and Martin Winckler, a French M.D. and short story, novel and essay writer, whose main topics are the French medical system, the relationships between caregivers and patients and women's health. The event is chaired by behavioural and data scientist Pragya Agarwal, author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias, and (M)otherhood: On the choices of being a woman.
Join in the conversation as we take stock of achievements, look at where progress has stalled and discuss where there is still much to be done.
This event is hosted live on Zoom Webinar. You’ll receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place and a reminder an hour before. During the event, you can ask questions via a Q&A function but audience cameras and microphones will remain muted throughout.
This is one of two events presented by the French Embassy in the UK exploring important contemporary issues. You may also enjoy Protecting the Oceans to Preserve the Climate on Sunday 13 June.
About the speakers
Ellen Annandale is Professor of Sociology at the University of York, UK, where she was Head of Department between 2013 and 2017. She was awarded her PhD in Sociology from Brown University USA and has Honorary Doctorate from Umeä University, Sweden. She is Chair of Trustees of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, former Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Social Science & Medicine, and the present Coordinator of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on the Sociology of Health and Illness. Her research has focused on gender inequalities in health and women’s reproductive healthcare. Her publications include Women’s Health and Social Change (Routledge) and The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Health (with Ellen Kuhlmann) (Palgrave). With colleagues at the University of York and two NHS Hospital Trusts, she has recently completed a research project funded by the National Institute of Health Research on Interactional Practices of Decision-making During Childbirth in Maternity Units.