Poetry for sexual and reproductive justice

Poems will continue to be published weekly until the complete anthology is available in March 2022.

This week’s poems:

Women
by Andrea Ek

The Bloody Letter
by Eun Joo Lee

This poem is like me
by Jimena Cascante Matamoros

Chambers
by Lobina Kaniz Kalam

Contraception is not a contradiction
by Peace Umanah

Previously published poems by theme:

Abortion

Wellbeing
by Alice d’Aboville

Forgive me, Father
by Carmen Barroso

After the Gag
by Juleini Vivien I. Nicdao

Gender

Helen’s Choice
by Jenny Sherman

The Feast
by Marzieh Ghiasi

Human rights

Every other night
by Amma Cynthia Nalumansi

I am mine
by Darlin Tessah

For the women who came before us
by Elizabeth Wright Veintimilla

My word should be enough
by Gladwell Muthoni

What ifs of women’s rights
by Portia Khanyile Shanduka

DEAR LOVER
by Rebian Sharon Atieno

The rendezvous
by Sushma Krishna

In/fertility

Call It by its Name
by Laura Warner

LGBTQI+

Freedom + love
by Haiber Andrés Lagos Lemus

Transcendence/Trans·sans·dance
by Jamela Law

Maternal health

A Death in the Village
by Jennifer Neczypor

on mother’s day, our first together.
by Megan Spencer

Menstrual health

Rebel blood
by Andrea Aguilar Ferro

My stained skirt
by Deeksha Sharma

The menstrual elf
by Kathryn Anne Hart

Menarche
by Mitch Alcantara

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Can I get tested?
by Nyambo Laura

Violence

Calling from the cracks
by Gunjan Chandhok

Silence
by Hope Netshivhambe

Flora
by Kristine Shields

Poems will continue to be published weekly until the complete anthology is available in March 2022.


On Human Rights Day (December 10, 2021), members of the selection committee and three guest poets from the call for poetry shared their poems in a launch event for the collection. Watch the recording here.