In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a Reproductive Justice partnership of eight Black women’s Reproductive Justice organizations:
Black Women for Wellness, (BWW), started by a group of Black women who were concerned about the health and wellbeing of black babies, is a woman centered, community-based organization offering a multi-generational approach to building health and wellness for our communities. We stand on the history of our experience and envision a future that includes empowered Black women & girls. We are on a mission to create new realities and visions for Black women that highlights the resiliency and strengths of our culture. We address health disparities impacting Black women and girls by influencing policy and regulations; conducting community research and validating our experience; implementing programs and services that are responsive to our health and life challenges; building capacity of our leadership to direct resources, and modeling good health and well being.
Black Women’s Health Imperative is the only national organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of our nation’s Black women and girls—physically, emotionally and financially. We identify the most pressing health issues and invest in the best of the best strategies, partners and organizations to reduce mortality from chronic diseases, advocate for reproductive justice and ensure women have access to health insurance and quality health care.
New Voices Pittsburgh celebrates a decade of Reproductive Justice grassroots activism, community organizing and policy advocacy for, led by and about women of color. Our mission is to build a social change movement dedicated to the health and well being of Black women and girls through leadership development, human rights and Reproductive Justice. New Voices Pittsburgh promotes a holistic approach of health measured by the complete physical, emotional, spiritual, cultural, political, economic, environmental and social well-being of Black women and girls, our families and communities. We are building the movement for Reproductive Justice across Pennsylvania through New Voices Philadelphia and in Ohio through New Voices Cleveland.
SisterLove, Inc. is a 25 year-old, Atlanta-based, reproductive justice organization with a focus on sexual health and prevention/care, including HIV, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy and violence. As a founding member of SisterSong, Trust Black Women Partnership, and the 30 for 30 Campaign, SisterLove has continued its commitment to ensuring that the human rights framework of liberty, justice and dignity is the core element of any movement-building effort to protect and advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and their families. We work at the intersections of Black women’s lives and we work to change the policy frame from defending women’s choices to asserting women’s agency to make decisions that are best for themselves and their families.
SisterReach, founded in October 2011, is a Memphis- based non-pro t organization supporting the reproductive autonomy of women and girls of color, poor women, and rural women as well as their families through the framework of Reproductive Justice. The organization’s mission is to empower women and girls to lead healthy lives, raise healthy families, and live in healthy communities. SisterReach provides comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education to women and teens, and advocates at local and state levels for public policies that support the reproductive health and rights of all women and youth. SisterReach utilizes community dialogues, civic engagement, and inter-faith community engagement strategies to expand new relationships among stakeholders.
SPARK Reproductive Justice Now is a Reproductive Justice organization based in Atlanta, GA, advocating for policies that protect and expand access to the full range of family planning options, abortion, and sexual health education for women and youth of color in the state of Georgia. Importantly, SPARK ensures the voices of women of color, young parents, and LGBTQQ youth of color living in the south are included in the reproductive justice movement. Our mission is to collaborate with individuals, communities, and organizations to grow and sustain a powerful Reproductive Justice movement in Georgia and the South. We fulfill our mission by maintaining the following strategies: Developing the political leadership of our constituency through timely skill-building workshops, camps, and conferences that incorporate our advanced racial and gender justice analysis, and Mobilizing our base and social justice allies to respond to immediate political threats and develop long-term proactive strategies for social justice.
Women With a Vision, inc. (“WWAV”) is a New Orleans-based non-profit, founded in 1989 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. The mission of WWAV is to improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and wellbeing. WWAV accomplishes this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services, and community-based participatory research. Major areas of focus include Sex Worker Rights, Drug Policy Reform, HIV Positive Women’s Advocacy, and Reproductive Justice outreach. WWAV envisions an environment in which there is no war against women’s bodies, in which women have spaces to come together and share their stories, in which women are empowered to make decisions concerning their own bodies and lives, and in which women have the necessary support to realize their hopes, dreams, and full potential. The populations WWAV works with are often not visible within the health system and kept from services and access to the things they need to lead healthy lives. WWAV provides navigator services connecting women in its community to women’s health, sexual, and reproductive services.
The Afiya Center was established in a response to the increasing disparities of HIV incidences and prevalence among Black women and girls in Texas. We are extremely unique in that we are the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded by, directed by, and that unapologetically focus on the existing disparities among Black women. Our mission is to serve Black women and girls transforming their relationship with their sexual and reproductive health. We envision a world where women and girls will have full achievement of social justice and human rights, hence ending reproductive oppression. Additionally, The Afiya center believes that reproductive justice serves as a platform creating advocacy that is informed, self-actualized, and protects women’ reproductive health, rights and justice.
Our programs utilize an economic justice framework to center the experiences of marginalized Black women affected by health disparities and poverty. The Afiya Center seeks to decrease HIV risk and other health disparities, working at the intersection of race, class, and gender.