245661 Manifesto: The Black women's call to action for reproductive health, rights and justice

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 9:10 AM

Erika Gist-Siever, MPH, CHES , Health Education Administration, Black Women for Wellness, Los Angeles, CA
Black and African American Women have a unique experience and history in the United States and worldwide. Histories of slavery, oppression and institutionalized racism shape their perspectives on health as well as on healthcare professionals, and institutions providing healthcare services. Black Women for Wellness, a Los Angeles, California based non-profit organization, has convened conferences, collected and summarized evaluations, and engaged in conversations with women of color to develop a Manifesto on Reproductive Justice. The Reproductive Justice Manifesto is a publication that gives insight on how race, gender, class and sexuality along with the professionals and institutions offering health care services, can work together to uplift or oppress a woman's ability to make informed decisions about her reproductive health. Additionally, the manifesto provides a holistic framework that critically analyzes how race, gender, and class must be considered multi-layered contributors to the personal health of Black women and their communities to address reproductive health, reproductive rights and reproductive justice. Moreover, the Manifesto is Black Women for Wellness' "call to action" for communities of color to build movement for the reproductive rights of women and girls in the following areas: Leadership Development, Policy/Advocacy, Research and Alliance Building.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education

Learning Objectives:
Identify how slavery, oppression and institutionalized racism shape Black and African women’s perspectives on health. Define reproductive justice. Articulate one reproductive rights example facing Black women in 2011.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold a Masters degree in Public Health and co-authored Black Women for Wellness' Manifesto for Reproductive Justice.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.