Poetry for sexual and reproductive justice

Download the collection here

Poetry events:

On Women’s Day (March 8, 2022), five guest poets from the collection read their poems and explained what inspired them to write. Watch the recording here.

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.

Poems included in the collection:

by Alice d’Aboville

Why can’t it just be okay
by Aliye Runyan

Every other night
by Amma Cynthia Nalumansi

The curtain call
by Anna Stoecklein Lau

Rebel blood
by Andrea Aguilar Ferro

by Andrea Ek

The trials and tribulations of Amina
by Busingye Etresa Martina

Forgive me, Father
by Carmen Barroso

OV, you said?
by Céline Miani

I am mine
by Darlin Tessah

UNFPA ‘Strategic Plan’
by Dawn Minott and David Sunderland

My stained skirt
by Deeksha Sharma

This voice
by Doreen Birungi

For the women who came before us
by Elizabeth Wright Veintimilla

The Bloody Letter
by Eun Joo Lee

Period Pain.
by Francis Muzofa

My word should be enough
by Gladwell Muthoni

Calling from the cracks
by Gunjan Chandhok

Freedom + love
by Haiber Andrés Lagos Lemus

by Hope Netshivhambe

Re-awakening the Shrinking Blossom
by Ikenna Nwakamma

Sleepless crying
by Isabella Herrera Gonzalez

Is it worth the wait?
by Jaine Kimu

by Jamela Law

by Jennifer Blake

A Death in the Village
by Jennifer Neczypor

Helen’s Choice
by Jenny Sherman

This poem is like me
by Jimena Cascante Matamoros

After the Gag
by Juleini Vivien I. Nicdao

Three Ululations
by Just a Poet

The menstrual elf
by Kathryn Anne Hart

by Kristine Shields

Call It by its Name
by Laura Warner

Taking a risk
by LeConté Dill

Outside my story
by Lianne Holten & Rosalie van der Wolf

by Lobina Kaniz Kalam

My body is my soul
by Mahamuda Rahman

My blood
by Margot Dupé

The Feast
by Marzieh Ghiasi

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

by Mitch Alcantara

A child mourns at her mother’s funeral
by Najmah

by Natalia Díaz Zeledón

I am a Woman!
by Nicole Moré Tchiemessom

Can I get tested?
by Nyambo Laura

by Owolabi Bjälkander

Contraception is not a contradiction
by Peace Umanah

What ifs of women’s rights
by Portia Khanyile Shanduka

Dear Lover
by Rebian Sharon Atieno

The Taj
by Roy Jacobstein

by Steph Lum

Under the Act
by Susanna Rance

The rendezvous
by Sushma Krishna

Am I born to suffer?
by Tough Lady

As a child
by Valentina Ortiz Rincón

The Choices
by Winnie Madoro

Pinky Moment
by Zhong-Cheng Luo

The Selection Committee:

Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad – Poet, Medical Doctor and Sexologist
Jane Cottingham – Poet and SRHM Trustee
Makhosazana Xaba – Poet and Women’s Health Specialist
Martha Ryan – Poet and MFA Candidate in Creative Writing

About the anthology:

In September 2021, SRHM announced its first call for poetry. We invited people to submit poems of up to 80 lines that spoke of sexual and reproductive justice. Poets could decide if they wanted to include their name and biography or submit anonymously. Poems could be submitted in any language with an English translation. Meanwhile, we appointed our Selection Committee who blindly reviewed the 107 submissions we received. After months of deliberation, 57 poems were invited to be published in SRHM’s first poetry anthology. Poems were shared weekly between Human Rights Day (December 10, 2021) and Women’s Day (March 8, 2022). Launch events were held on both those dates which featured poets from the collection.