Sexual and Reproductive Rights: Lessons from Argentina

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  • Online via Zoom and in person room G03, Building 24, University of Wollongong.
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About the symposium

An innovative perspective comparing the legal regulation of contraception and abortion in Australia and Argentina, exploring the complex interplay between human rights, public policy, activism, and reproductive healthcare. Argentina follows a human rights approach to sexual and reproductive health. Access to contraception is treated as a human right since 2002 and women have free access to it. The successful campaign to legalise abortion in this country also approached abortion as both a civil right, and an economic and social right. Since abortion was legalised in 2020, public hospitals around the country have a legal obligation to perform them. In contrast, even though contraception is available and abortion is now legal in all Australian state and territory jurisdictions, access to contraception and abortion is still a challenging task for many Australian women, with the financial cost being one of the main obstacles.


8:45am - 9:15am: Registration & coffee

9:15am - 9:30am: Symposium Welcome & Acknowledge to Country

9: 30am - 10:00am: Sexual and Reproductive Rights

  • Dr Luis Gomez Romero (University of Wollongong)
  • Chair: Professor Kerry Carrington

10:00am - 11:00am: Panel 1 - Abortion

  • Dr Alicia Yamin (Harvard University) online
  • Associate Professor Ronli Sifris (Monash University)
  • Chair: Associate Professor Linda Steele

11:00am-12:00pm: Panel 2 - Contraception

  • Emeritus Professor Angela Taft (LaTrobe University)
  • Dr Macarena Iribarne (University of Wollongong)
  • Chair: Associate Professor Shamika Almeida

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Lunch.

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Panel 3 - Reproductive Decision Making and Activism.

  • Professor Melissa Graham (Head of Public Health, La Trobe University) online
  • Professor Sharon Crozier-De Rosa (University of Wollongong)
  • Chair: Dr Sarah Ailwood.