Social Change in a Feminist Perspective: Situating Gender Research in Times of Political Contention, 11th European Feminist Research Conference, 15-18 June 2022, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Communication dans le Strand 6: Feminist epistemologies and methodologies. Coordinators: Katarina Lončarević, University of Belgrade and AtGender; Elia A.G. Arfini, University of Milan and CRAAAZI; Noemi Novello, University of Milano-Bicocca; Sabine Grenz, University of Vienna; Mia Liinason, Lund University; Gianluca Argentin, University of Milano-Bicocca.

Title: « Call for the use of the Reproductive Justice framework in French feminist research« 

Abstract: In France, minority groups still experience many inequalities in access to reproductive care: whether in access to health education, contraception, abortion, sterilization, assisted reproductive technologies, pregnancy monitoring or childbirth. The Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework, created by African American feminists in the United-States, is a precious resource to realize that these inequalities are caused by intersectional oppressions of race, gender and class. However, RJ is little known and little used by French feminist health researchers. This paper calls for the development of research on RJ in France, highlighting several of its potential contributions: i. it allows the researcher to distance him/herself from an approach centered on individual health behaviors by taking into account intersectional power relations. ii. it highlights the link between under-representation of minority groups inside feminist movements in the field of sexual and reproductive health and the persistence of social health inequalities.

Key words : Reproductive Justice ; feminist research ; reproductive oppressions ; intersectionality ; minority groups;

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