The discussion will address the recent homophobic movements in France, the anti-abortion initiatives in Spain and several east European countries. The lecture will also touch upon the mobilization of Church communities to stall all EU funding to anything involving the 'destruction of the human embryo', which according to them may include improving maternal health in developing countries.

Neil Datta has been the Secretary of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development ( since 2004. EPF is a network of over 30 groups of parliamentarians from across Europe who are committed to championing women's sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Neil founded the organisation with a select group of parliamentarians and with the support of IPPF in 2000, and has been responsible for its growth to its current membership of over 30 all-party parliamentary groups on population and development issues.

Neil has over fifteen years experience in the field of political involvement in population and development. Throughout this period he has conducted in-depth research on anti-choice activity in Europe. Before becoming EPF Secretary, Neil coordinated the Parliamentary Programme of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network.

Free and open for all!


This event is arranged by Centre on Law & Social Transformation