Marge Berer an independent author, editor and lecturer. She coordinates work on publications and meetings for the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion, which she helped to found in 2012. She was the founding editor with TK Sundari Ravindran of the journal Reproductive Health Matters, and edited the journal for 23 years, from 1992 to 2015. She chaired the Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Medical Abortion from 2002 to 2011. She was also the chair of Voice for Choice, the coalition of pro-choice organisations in the UK, from 2007 to 2009, and is still an active member.
In May 2007 she received the Olivia Schieffelin Nordberg Award for Excellence in Writing and Editing in the Population Sciences. She was the first chairwoman of the Gender Advisory Panel, WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, from 1996 to 2001, and a member of the International Women’s Advisory Panel of the IPPF from 1993 to 1998. She has been a co-organiser of small international conferences and meetings (mostly 20-110 people) since 1984, the most recent in 2018.
She has been working in the UK and internationally since 1976 as an advocate for abortion rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights. She was involved in forming and working with the first International Campaign for Abortion Rights and its successor, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights from 1978-1990.
As an author, she wrote the editorials and introductions for the RHM journal and its supplements and has published articles on a wide range of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, especially on abortion rights, maternal mortality, SRH-related HIV issues and FGM over the years. She edited and co-authored a book in 1991-1993 on women and HIV, sexual and reproductive health, which helped to place these issues on the global agenda. She has been publishing this blog since 2011 and hopes to begin to do so more actively again in the second half of 2019. Welcome!