Tortoise Festival of ThinkIns – Abortion and abuse: are women under threat like never before?

Saturday 29 June 2019

Duration: 2:45PM - 3:45PM

16-19 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DY

Status: Completed

Abortion and abuse: are women under threat like never before? When times are tough, societies look for scapegoats. It seems to be women’s turn. The backlash against prominent women online – ‘uppity’ women –  has been ferocious and sobering to behold. The roll-back of abortion rights in parts of the United States risks reopening debates which seemed to have been closed decades ago. What’s happening feels concerted and determined. Is it? Or is it just the same old battle for women’s rights in a new guise?

Our special guests for this ThinkIn included:

Julie Bindel, writer, radical feminist, and co-founder of law-reform group Justice for Women.

Gina Miller, activist, campaigner and businesswoman.

Mandu Reid, Women’s Equality Party leader and the first black leader of a UK political party.


The Readout 

We used the rise of online abuse and the challenge to abortion rights to ask the question whether women and womens’ rights are under threat. It’s clear that globally we are living in a time of progress – in education, in the workforce, in maternal mortality and beyond. However our ThinkIn suggested those gains are not set in stone. 


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