ABSTRACTS DUE: July 31, 2016 at 5pm
Please upload your abstract in a Word or PDF using the form below.
When: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 8:30 am – 5 pm
Location: The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Who: Women & Girls, Boys & Men, Social Justice Activists, Health Care Professionals, Community Leaders, Researchers, Health Educators, Media, Government Workers, Educators, Advocates, Leaders & Workers
About: Black Women & Girls Reproductive Health Status and the Reproductive Justice Movement
Reproductive Justice addresses the environmental, social, economic and political inequalities that affect our reproductive destiny, reproductive health decision-making and the environments in which we live in. Reproductive Justice is a term coined by Black Women and Women of Color during the 1990s.
Each year Black Women for Wellness (BWW) holds an annual conference to provide an open forum and space to highlight the health status of Black women and girls. Black women find themselves at the intersection of race, gender and sexuality far too often where it feels that we must talk about one issue over the other without acknowledging the multiple realities and identities which we live and experience. Often times we may find ourselves being silent or our stories being untold. Silence can have a direct impact on our health, relationships, well-being, experience and the environments we live in. That is why this year we want to focus on how to speak truth to power, how to end silences, take up space and be heard because Black Women Matter! BWW’s focus continues to be on how to transform silence into action, framed in a reproductive justice conversation and discussion.
Who Should Submit
All community advocates, organizers, health care professionals, health educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers, elected officials and their staffs are invited to attend and share the work that you are doing to promote the health and well being of Black women and girls toward achieving reproductive justice in our community.
Black Women for Wellness is seeking conference presenters to lead a workshop or participate on a panel that discusses themes on ending silences and building skills to speak truth to power.
Sessions will be presented within the following focus areas:
- History / Health Status
Presenters will provide information on the reproductive history of the Black women’s experience in the US or other countries of the African Diaspora. Presenters may also present on current research that highlights the factors affecting the reproductive health status of Black women in the U.S or other countries of the African Diaspora. Sample topics could include:
- Social, cultural and/or historical perspective on the Black Women’s Reproductive experience
- Intersection of Black men and boys and the health of women.
- Myth of the Strong Black Women – mental health status of Black women
- How does Silence Affect our Health
- Dismantling the Welfare Queen – Intersection of Economics and Reproductive Justice
- Examining How Patriarchy Silences Violence Against Black Women
- Policy / Advocacy / Community Organizing
Presenters will provide conference participants with a description of what advocacy and community organizing is, provide tangible tools and/or strategies for how an individual and/or community advocates for their rights. Presenters are encouraged to provide an interactive workshop to assist participants in building advocacy and movement building skills.
- Policy / Advocacy 101
- New Tools in Community Organizing
- How To: Oppositional Research, Political Mapping, Campaign Development
- Where Our Bodies Lie? = Status of Reproductive Health and Rights, Propositions in California / Nation – how this impacts the life of our community
- Community Building / Redefining Sisterhood
Training workshops that provide insight on how to create safe spaces for all members of our community. How do we build bridges and strengthen our idea of sisterhood to one that is fully inclusive especially with creating movements that highlight the multiple identities of Black girls and women?
- Black and Trans: Our Experience, Our Health Matters
- What does Gender Equity Really Look Like for the Black Woman
- LGBTQA Ally Building within the Black Community
- Intersections of Race, Gender and Sexuality – Learning How to Take Up Space and Speak Truth to Our Multi-Identity Existence
- Men in the RJ Movement (How to Get All Genders Involved in the RJ movement, Building Allies)
- How to Express Your Authentic Self
- Building Bridges Within the Community: Churches and the Reproductive Justice Movement
- Reproductive and Sexual Health, Rights and Justice
Presenters are encouraged to propose a workshop, which relates to Black women’s reproductive health, justice, access to resources and advocacy. Possible topics include, but not limited to:
- Environmental health, rights and justice and its intersection with reproductive health
- How economics/job markets impact women’s decision making around reproductive health
- Reproductive health technology
- Spirituality and reproductive choices
- Sexually Transmitted Infections – how they are affecting our community, impacts of super gonorrhea, what the numbers of STIs reflect on the status of sex education, health/unhealthy relationships.
- Birth control alternatives – no hormones / new reproductive technologies
- Sexual Identity – being assertive and finding pleasure, consensual sexual experiences
Abstracts will be reviewed and scored based on:
- Relevance to the goal of the conference (see Conference Purpose for full description)
- Organization and clarity – minimize jargon.
- Description of objectives, content and teaching methodologies to the educational needs of participants.
- Special consideration will be given to abstracts that provide experiential skill building opportunities for conference participants.