Surrogacy360 collaborates with organizations, scholars, and advocates around the world to address the myriad questions raised by international commercial surrogacy. These networks and organizations have played key roles in Surrogacy360’s development.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) Working Group (Global)
The ART Working Group, facilitated by the Center for Genetics and Society and the Pro-Choice Alliance for Responsible Research, is an invitational group that brings together more than 100 advocates and scholars from around the world to assess developments in ART, share resources, and promote public policies regarding ART that are consistent with social and reproductive justice. The ART Working Group provides a venue for extended discussion and collaboration among reproductive health, rights, and justice leaders, and focuses on how reproductive and genetic technologies intersect with reproductive, disability, racial, and LGBTQ justice.
Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (Information Group on Reproductive Choice)
The Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE) was founded in 1992. GIRE’s initial goal was to disseminate scientific, objective and secular information on abortion in Mexico to position it as a public health and social justice issue. For the last 25 years, GIRE has established itself as a leading reproductive rights organization. Since 2011, in addition to abortion, GIRE has worked to put priority issues such as contraception, obstetric violence, maternal mortality, assisted reproduction and work-life balance at the forefront of the debate, from a perspective that takes women’s human rights into account. GIRE is a feminist organization whose mission is to achieve a social and cultural transformation in Mexico by demanding reproductive justice from a human rights perspective. To reach this goal, GIRE incorporates comprehensive strategies that involve advocacy and legal casework, as well as communications and research on the status of reproductive rights in Mexico.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) was the first national LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and our community’s most vulnerable. Since 1977, NCLR has been at the forefront of advancing the civil and human rights of our full LGBTQ community and their families through impact litigation, public policy, and public education. NCLR litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT issues.
Our Bodies Ourselves
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality. OBOS also addresses the social, economic, and political conditions that affect health care access and quality of care. The organization’s signature publication, Our Bodies, Ourselves, is one of 88 books included in the Library of Congress exhibit Books That Shaped America.
The OBOS Global Initiative works with women’s organizations around the world that have translated and adapted Our Bodies, Ourselves to their countries’ unique cultural needs. Many of these groups are addressing assisted reproductive technologies via their own work and in collaboration with OBOS.
Sama Resource Group for Women and Health (India)
Sama is a Delhi-based organization working on issues of women’s health and human rights, including reproductive technologies and international commercial surrogacy. Sama documents and makes visible the experiences of gestational mothers and the risks they face in international commercial surrogacy arrangements. The organization examines issues within the framework of gender, class, caste, religion, ethnicity, and other power dynamics within South Asian society and between South Asia and other countries and regions.
We Are Egg Donors
We Are Egg Donors (WAED) is a volunteer-run organization, founded and run by egg donors. Today WAED is an active global community of 2,000+ egg donors in 13 countries. WAED provides an honest platform for egg donors around the world to connect, support each other, and advocate for issues that matter most to egg donors. WAED also partners internationally with researchers, nonprofits, filmmakers, and top tier media outlets to contribute to the growing transparency of donors’ diverse perspectives and experiences.
Women’s Rehabilitation Center (Nepal)
The Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) works to reduce gender-based violence. The organization provides a hotline for abused women; safe houses with counseling and legal support for survivors; safe-migration information booths across the country; and health counseling centers run by “barefoot gynecologists” — women who have used self-examination and self-help methods to learn about their bodies and who train others in the same skills. Among other strategies, the Women’s Rehabilitation Center has used radio to reach women living in rural areas and encouraged leading newspapers and other media outlets in Nepal to report on international commercial surrogacy.