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In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all too aware of the urgent health inequalities that plague our world. But these inequalities have always been urgent: modern medicine has a colonial and racist history.

Here, in an essential and searingly truthful account, Annabel Sowemimo unravels the colonial roots of modern medicine. Tackling systemic racism, hidden histories and healthcare myths, Sowemimo recounts her own experiences as a doctor, patient and activist.

Divided exposes the racial biases of medicine that affect our everyday lives and provides an illuminating - and incredibly necessary - insight into how our world works, and who it works for.

During the evening we will hear more from Dr Annabel Sowemimo on the themes that arise in Divided: Racism, Medicine and Why We Need to Decolonise Healthcare (Profile Books). She will be joined by colleagues working within healthcare and also within grassroots movements this will be followed by a Q&A. 

This event is in-person. Signed copies of Divided will also be on sale throughout the evening. The event will be followed by a reception.


Dr Annabel Sowemimo

Dr Annabel Sowemimo is a doctor, activist and writer. As well as being a Sexual and Reproductive Health registrar in the NHS, she is also the founder of charity Reproductive Justice Initiative (formerly Decolonising Contraception), formed to address the colonial history of sexual and reproductive health.

Annabel is a part-time PhD candidate and Harold Moody Scholar and part of the Reproductive Health Cluster at King's. Her twitter page is: @sosowemimo.

Event details

K2.29 (Council Room)
Strand Campus
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS