Gender and Justice in the Gene Age, an
invitational feminist meeting on the social implications of
new reproductive and genetic technologies, took place on May
6 and 7 in New York City. This was the first U.S. meeting in
many years to ground these issues in the values and commitments
of feminists who work from a global social justice and human
Some sixty-five participants from feminist, disability,
women's health, social justice and racial justice organizations,
including activists and academics, of all ages, attended. Most
were from the U.S., but an important several came from Latin
America, India, Canada, the UK, and Germany.
Gender and Justice in the Gene Age was
co-sponsored by CGS; the Committee on Women, Population and
the Environment; and Our Bodies Ourselves. The meeting website,
is now a public resource.
Update: The conference website now contains an in-depth report [PDF], as of May 2005.
Gender and Justice in the Gene Age closed
with discussion about strategies for mobilizing concern among
feminists, building stronger bridges among feminist and disability
organizations and communities, communicating a social justice
feminist perspective on reproductive genetics to other constituencies,
working with media to insert that perspective into the larger
public and policy debates, and more.
CGS is very pleased to announce that as part of
these efforts, we will be establishing a new program, the Project
on Gender, Justice and Human Genetics, to focus on the social
and political implications of reproductive and genetic technologies.
The program will be headed by Sujatha Jesudason, who comes to
CGS from her position as Lead Movement Organizer at Asian Communities
for Reproductive Justice. A full report on the meeting, and
more information about this new CGS project, are forthcoming.