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Cook Islands women’s wellbeing and safety in the context of abortion

Ms Kate Burry

Event date
Tuesday 14 May
Event time
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Event address

In this presentation, Ms Burry will describe qualitative research she conducted between February and August 2022 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, where abortion is illegal under most circumstances. She will discuss participants' accounts of accessing abortion services, and their negotiation of the personal context of their sexual behaviours, pregnancies, and abortions relative to their socio-cultural context and values.

Kate Burry

Kate Burry
PhD Student, Global Health Program, Kirby Institute

Ms Burry is a PhD Student at the Kirby Institute, UNSW, investigating reproductive (in)justice, abortion and infanticide in the Pacific Islands. She has worked as a sex educator in Vanuatu and New Zealand and has worked in the sexual and domestic violence sectors. She has led various research projects including on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of sex workers in Luganville, Vanuatu, barriers to family planning uptake remote communities in Vanuatu, and on reproductive coercion in New Zealand.


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