Date: 13 December 2018
In light of suggested changes to the Norwegian abortion law, this breakfast seminar centered on the proposed changes to the law and on the global trend of abortion rights being under pressure. The particpants, Hans Fredrik Marthinussen, Liv Tønnessen and Heidi Frances Thornhill (head doctor of the Womens’ Clinic at Haukeland), discussed the topic in a legal, social and international perspective. Siri Gloppen moderated the seminar.
Date: 29 October 2018
Screening of the documentary film ‘Breaking Free‘ by Indian filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan (2015). The documentary provides an insight into the experiences of the LGBTQI community in India, featuring personal testimonies from gay and transgender persons and interviews with advocates and activists from across India. The screening was followed by a conversation with the audience, in which the audience and moderator Siri Gloppen reflected around the documentary topic and the documentary in light of recent developments in LGBT rights in India.
Date: 22 October 2018
Presentation by Vikram Kolmannskog on the recent verdict from the Supreme Court of India that decriminalized homosexual acts. This was followed by a conversation between Kolmannskog and Jayna Kothari, in which they discussed the constitutional developments arising from the judgement, the advocacy strategy in India, the response of the Indian judiciary, what the decriminalization means for the LGBTQIA community in India and abroad, and the lessons that other countries could learn from the struggle for the right to love in India. Siri Gloppen moderated the seminar. Following this seminar, Vikram published a brief on the topic of decriminalization.