In a matter of weeks, QLD MPs will vote on new laws that will determine the access women have to healthcare services like abortion. In the last few months, I have been very involved in campaigning efforts to decriminalise abortion here in QLD… and in the last 2 weeks, I have undertaken 2 projects related to decriminalising abortion that I thought I’d share with you guys.
The first of these was my first freelance job for an Australian organisation- Fair Agenda. Fair Agenda are campaigning to decriminalise abortion in QLD, and I managed to score a freelancing gig editing campaign materials for their abortion campaign- and I was super excited because this was my first paid video editing job! This is the video I made:
The second of these was an episode of the Amnesty Activist Connect podcast that I started, which was all about Amnesty’s My Body My Rights campaign, and about the abortion laws in QLD/Australia. It included interviews with Ellie and Hope from the Women’s Abortion Rights Campaign Brisbane. Here’s a little excerpt of what I talk about in the episode:
I’m a 22 year old woman, and from my own experience, particularly as an adult entertainer, I think that the policing of female sexuality and our bodies is something I’ve become increasingly aware of over the years, and I study sociology and philosophy at university, so I have a huge interest in how expressing our sexuality and making decisions about our bodies policed, and how this is maintained through ideologies and social norms…. a majority these social norms are controlled by our governments, our communities, even our families. As women, when we challenge those norms, we are made to feel guilty or embarrassed. Some of us are stigmatised for challenging these norms, and in some parts of the world, women are jailed. And it’s because of this, that we keep silent.
You can listen to the full episode on the Activist Connect Soundcloud or on youtube:
Hopefully that in a few weeks, women across QLD will be able to enjoy their right to healthcare services like abortion!