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Envisioning the Human Rights of Women
in the Age of Biotechnology and Science
[International Forum]
20~21, September, 2006
Seoul, Korea
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International Forum
    Final Report

Activities for women's health

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Kim Eun Sil
(Ewha Woman's University, Women's Studies)
Janelle S. Taylor
(University of Washington, Anthropology)
Cho Ju Hyun
(Kyemyung University, Women's Studies)
Huh Raa Geum
(Ewha Woman's University, Women's Studies)
Myung Jin Sook
(Member of the Policy Committee Korean WomenLink)
Emily Galpern (Center for Genetics and Society, USA)
Emily Galpern is the Project Director on Reproductive Health and Human Rights for the Center for Genetics and Society in Oakland, California, USA. She works with US women's health and reproductive rights organizations to raise their awareness about new genetic and reproductive technologies, build their capacity to engage with related issues, and promote policy that reflects a commitment to womens health, reproductive rights, health equity, human rights, and social justice. Previously, she worked for 10 years promoting community health and well-being through coalition-building, advocacy, and health education. She obtained her Master's in Public Health from San Francisco State University in 2004.
The Center for Genetics and Society
The Center for Genetics and Society is a nonprofit information and public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies. We work with a growing network of scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others. The Center supports benign and beneficent medical applications of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies, and opposes those applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten to divide human society. The Center works in a context of support for the equitable provision of health technologies domestically and internationally; for women's health and reproductive rights; for the protection of our children; for the rights of the disabled; and for precaution in the use of technologies that could alter the fundamental processes of the natural world.
Elana Hayasaka
(Our Bodies Ourselves, USA)
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS)
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS), also known as the Boston Womens Health Book Collective (BWHBC), is a nonprofit, public interest womens health education, advocacy, and consulting organization. Beginning in 1970 with the publication of the first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves and continuing for over 35 years, OBOS has empowered women all over the world by providing clear, truthful information about health, sexuality, and reproduction.
Paik Young Gyung
(Member of the Policy Committee Korean WomenLink)
Sarah Sexton (The Corner House, UK)
"Sarah Sexton works with The Corner House, a research and solidarity group based in the United Kingdom. The group aims to support democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. It tries to pay constant attention to issues of social, economic and political power and practical strategy. As part of its solidarity work, The Corner House carries out analyses, research and advocacy with the aim of linking issues, of stimulating informed discussion and strategic thought on critical environmental and social concerns, and of encouraging broad alliances to tackle them. Sarah has worked with social, health, women's and environment movements for some 20 years in Europe and Asia. Sarah is the author of : "If Cloning is the Answer, What was the Question? Power and Decision-making in the Geneticisation of Health".
The Corner House
Since its founding in 1997, The Corner House has aimed to support democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. It is motivated by the concerns of such movements, whether they be locally-based struggles for land or water rights or better health care; campaigns against destructive mining, dam or forestry projects; or struggles against racial discrimination. We aim to pay constant attention to issues of social, economic and political power and practical strategy. We try to take a "bottom-up" approach, filled with examples, to issues of global significance which are often handled in a more abstract way. As part of our solidarity work, The Corner House carries out analyses, research and advocacy with the aim of linking issues, of stimulating informed discussion and strategic thought on critical environmental and social concerns, and of encouraging broad alliances to tackle them.
N. B. Sarojini (SAMA : Resource Group for Women and Health, INDIA)
N.B Sarojini is with SAMA-Resource Group for Women and Health. Sarojini has been working as a health activist in the field of women's health for the last 15 years and is actively involved with the women's movement. She has been actively campaigning against two-child norm, population control policies, sex
selective abortions and hazardous contraceptive technologies. She was involved in Shodhini, a national-level research network on traditional medicine and alternative health system for women. She has been closely associated with different progressive organisations and networks such as the Medico Friend Circle and the People's Health Movement and is currently coordinating the study on Assisted Reproductive technologies and their politics in the Indian context.
Sama : Resource Group for Women and Health
Sama was initiated by a group of women activists who have been involved with women's empowerment and health for several years. Sama's work on women and health evolved in the context of the autonomous women's movement, which views health from a broad perspective and finds linkages of women's well being not only with issues related to health, but locates health within the larger socio-cultural and political context. Equal emphasis is paid to issues of livelihood, rights, violence ?(societal, familial, communal and medical), food and other larger issues that affect people's lives.
Sama has been an active part of the women's movement, public health movement and ethics movement in the country. Sama has been involved in campaigns and advocacy initiatives with respect to injectable contraceptives, implants, sex determination and sex selective abortions. Sama is also now actively involved
in research and policy advocacy on Assisted Reproductive Technology.
Sama works closely with community-based organisations, health networks, people's movements and women's groups across the country primarily through training, advocacy, action-research, material development and dissemination. The aim of our organization is to raise awareness regarding women issues, amongst women and also the larger society.
Diane Beeson (HOOO, USA)
Diane Beeson is Professor Emerita of Sociology, at California State University, East Bay. She received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), specializing in medical sociology. She was a Pew post-doctoral fellow at UCSF's Institute for Health Policy Studies. Her main research interest for nearly three decades has been the social challenges of new reproductive technologies. For much of this time she was affiliated with UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Social Change, researching social implications of genetic testing. In 1996 and 1997 she was a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center for Genomics, Ethics and Society.She has served as a consultant on projects related to genetic testing for numerous organizations, including the National Society of Genetic Counselors, National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Energy. She has served on peer review committees for the National Human Genome Research Institute and has authored numerous articles in professional journals and anthologies. In 2004 she co-founded the ProChoice Alliance Against California's Proposition 71 (Stem Cell Research Initiative). She is also a founding member of HandsOffOurOvaries.
a project of Every Woman First, was founded March 8, 2006 on International Women's Day in response to unprecedented demands for women's eggs.We are concerned women and men from many walks of life and countries who think it is time to raise our voices for a biotechnology that does not exploit women. We urge policy makers to put women at the center of their concern by adopting a moratorium on egg extraction for research purposes until such time as global discourse and scientific research yields information sufficient to establish adequate informed consent. Information for this consent must include independent assessments of the short and long-term medical risks of egg harvesting including the incidence and prevalence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and possible connections between egg extraction procedures and reproductive cancers, infertility, adverse birth outcomes and other iatrogenic conditions. We support development of biotechnologies, including many forms of stem cell research, that promote the well-being of all people.
Chiaki Hayashi (SOSHIREN, JAPAN)
My name is Chiaki Hayashi, 52 years old, living in Chiba prefecture near metropolis. I am one of the 9 or 10 voluntary core members of SOSHIREN. I am also a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Cultures (Comparative Gender Studies Programs) at Josai International University Graduate School of Humanities.

SOSHIREN is the abbreviation for Women's Network against the Eugenic Protection Law. The Eugenic Protection Law was enacted in 1948 mainly in order to legalize induced abortion while the Criminal Code had banned it in principle since 1880. At the same time, as the title shows, the law was to "prevent the birth of inferior offspring."In 1982, when the amendment bill was prepared to make induced abortion practically constrained, SOSHIREN started as an umbrella committee of several grassrootsgroups all over Japan and consequently stopped the amendment. Since then, our main concern has been always women's reproductive rights and freedom.
In 1996, the Eugenic Protection Law was finally revised and renamed the Maternal Protection Law (literally the Mother's Body Protection Law) which deletes eugenic clauses. We yet keep alert as far as the "aborticide" clause in the Criminal Code remains.
We protest that women's bodies are treated as tools for population control policy not only quantitative but also qualitative. These years, we address opposing opinions to the Government's councils on using women's body tissue for researches of biotechnology.
SPSHIREN has no representative, nor full-time office staff. The members are all the subscribers of monthly newsletter, now around 200-circulation, most of whom are activists of various civil movements including some academics.

Lauren Berliner (filmmaker, USA)
Lauren Berliner is a filmmaker and PhD student at the University of California, San Diego, in the department of Communication. Her documentary, All in One Basket, explores the emotional and physical risks to egg donors who donate for reproduction, as it follows three women through their experiences with the process.
Son Bong Hee
(Korean WomenLinK, Korea)
Yoo Kyung Hee
(Korean WomenLink Standing Representative)


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