For the first time werkgruppe2 publishes a research for listening. In a podcast series we interview experts in Ireland, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Poland, the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Namibia, the USA and Japan. The podcasts are created in collaboration with DEINE KORRESPONDENTIN, a online magazine and network of freelance journalists from all over the world.
How is the right to abortion currently regulated in these ten countries? What does the practical implementation look like, where are the barriers, ambiguities and the need for action? Who are the feminist activists and what are they fighting for? Where is resistance? How does the right to abortion correspond with other social movements?



An astonishing turn occurred in Ireland in 2018. In the strongly Catholic country, the ban on abortions was refused by referendum and has been legal up to the 12th week of pregnancy since then. We speak to author and journalist Una Mullally, who edited REPEAL THE 8TH ANTHOLOGY, a collection of writings, poems and photographs that captured the force of the campaign for reproductive rights in the country in 2018. She is a columnist for The Irish Times. Also joining from Ireland is the German foreign correspondent and journalist Mareike Graepel of the network DEINE KORRESPONDENTIN. "once you break the silence, you kind of break the stigma and once you break the stigma, you kind of break the shame.“ (Una Mullally)


In our second episode, we will be talking about Sri Lanka. Our guest is Sonali Gunasekera, director for advocacy at the Family Planning Association in Sri Lanka. Sonali has a wealth of experience working in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Child Protection and Gender and Advocacy related activities. Previously she worked at the Child Fund Sri Lanka, Oxfam GB Sri Lanka, the International Labour Organisation and Save the Children Sri Lanka and is joining us from Colombo. Also with us in Mumbai is South Asia correspondent and author, Natalie Mayroth, from the network Deine Korrespondentin. "Sri Lanka is not ready for the change." The abortion laws on the island are among the most restrictive in the world and have not been changed since the colonial area. According to estimates, hundreds of women a day take risks with illegal terminations due of lack of access to professional assistance or money. "Women have to look after their own bodies.“


In this episode of CHOICE we are focussing on abortion rights in Colombia. We are talking to Mónica Roa, a Colombian Lawyer for Human Rights. She is founder and director of the organization BRIDGES and has been working for Women’s Link Worldwide for more than 12 years. In 2006 she became a public figure when she filed a constitutional lawsuit that resulted in the liberalization of abortion laws in Colombia. Our second guest is Franziska Pröll - a freelance german Journalist that – during the last year - has been reporting from Colombia on social an educational topics, amongst others for or the german newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and ZEIT online. „Reproductive rights means that YOU are the one that gets to decide if you want to use contraceptives, if you want an abortion or if you want to have a child. And the state cannot impose that decision on you. During those years of conflict women within the guerrilla were being forced to have abortions, women outside the guerrilla in urban life were being prohibited to have an abortion - in both cases the state was not protecting or respecting our reproductive rights.“ (Mónica Roa)


werkgruppe2 has been developing documentary storytelling projects for over 10 years, often theater productions or film projects. Based on extensive journalistic research, they create atmospheric and narrative formats that explore the boundaries between documentation and fiction. Always asking questions about what documentation means, how reality is depicted and how can people speak and feel on behalf of people?

Most recently they worked on topics as the social decline of women in working-class families, weight discrimination and the hospital murders in Oldenburg and Delmenhorst.

werkgruppe2 are the director Julia Roesler, musician and composer Insa Rudolph, videographer Isabel Robson and dramaturge Silke Merzhäuser.



Fotos: Titel, Piotr Jaxa; Irland, Mareike Graepel; Sri Lanka, Isabel Robson; Colombia, Insa Rudolph

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