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About the Continuum

The WomenNOW! Sexual and Reproductive Justice Continuum is a virtual, transnational organizing effort that seeks to create and establish a network of Black feminists across the globe. Our goal is to hold multiple regional convenings throughout all of 2021 to create a framework and focus for the WomenNOW! 2021 In-Person Summit.

We are a collective of radical Black feminists hoping to connect with various Black women across the globe in order to build community within the African diaspora. We intend to advocate for Black women within the lens of sexual and reproductive justice, by working together transnationally to create a new reality for ourselves and our communities.

 

Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, class, and other various geographical and cultural distinctions is commonly implemented locally, and experienced globally.

 

In this current moment, Black women are resisting oppression while attempting to protect themselves and their communities from global pandemics, such as COVID-19 and the ongoing HIV crisis.

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Due to the circumstances that result from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding a virtual webinar series that will take place from January 2021, until the WomenNOW! 2021 Summit. Due to the risks of in-person communication, we will virtually convene region by region, and then finally gather in-person and online at the global gathering of Black women at WomenNOW! December 3-5, 2021 in Durban, South Africa.

 

Our goal is to discuss critical issues which disproportionately affect our lives and communities, as well as advocacy efforts, and the future of reproductive justice. Issues such as white supremacy, neoliberal capitalism and colonialism, sexual and reproductive injustices, and global pandemics are at the forefront of determining the quality and dignity of our lives and struggles.

From those convenings, we will create action plans on the local, national, and transnational levels to engage with 500+ Black activist women, scholars, and advocates at WomenNOW!. This will result in an anthology being written and published by us, for our liberation as a collective.

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About the Summit

WomenNOW! is a Pan-African and Diasporan women’s & girls’ interdisciplinary meeting. The goal is to set a shared agenda on the intersections of HIV, Sexual & Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (SRHRJ).

What you need to know about WomenNOW! 2021

The event is designed as an opportunity to organize women and girls of African descent to build stronger and more collective action on key issues, including: racial inequity; economic and gender inequality; leadership and power; gender-based violence and trauma; sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice; intergenerational movement building; and equity and justice in SRHRJ programs and policies in research, prevention, care and advocacy.

 

The 2021 Summit is organized to generate lots of interaction among all participants, who will explore emerging perspectives related to the disproportionate SRHRJ threats and experiences of Women and Girls of African Descent (WGAD).

 

We will have opportunities to dive deep into some key common issues with panels of subject matter experts (SMEs) - reach higher heights with rich and robust interactive conversations with the entire audience, and use our talking tables to distill the conversations into concrete common challenges and implementable solutions. The Summit presenters, panelists and participants are charged to address a few really big challenges that are commonly experienced by WGAD all over the world – violence and trauma in all their forms; ongoing SRHRJ policies and practices; global campaigns and initiatives that are meant to impact better outcomes for WGAD worldwide. All who come to WomenNOW! are expected to actively participate in the event and shape narratives that represent the commonality of the Summit’s core themes.

 

The 2021 Summit is set to convene in-person, located in Durban, South Africa, December 3rd - 5th, 2021.

**Scholarships to attend the 2021 Summit will be made available during Spring 2021. Register for WomenNOW! Sexual and Reproductive Justice Continuum to be informed of all of the latest updates.**

TIMELINE  OF EVENTS

North America

Official Date: Jan. 29th

Caribbean 
*This is a Parallel Event at the NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum. Please visit https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/ for additional information.

Official Date: March 18th, 2021

West Africa and Central Africa

Scheduled Date: April 23rd, 2021, 10AM EST

North Africa and the Middle East

Scheduled Date: May 21st, 2021

Latin America

Scheduled Date: June 24th, 2021

Pacific Rim (Including: Australia, New Zealand, and East Asia)

Scheduled Date: July 16th, 2021

Europe (Western and Eastern)

Scheduled Date: August 20th, 2021

South Asia

Scheduled Date: Sept. 17th, 2021

East Africa and Southern Africa

Scheduled Date: Oct. 22, 2021

 
 

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LATIN AMERICA 

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JAZMIN

REYES

Jazmín is a clinical psychologist with an intersectional, anti-racist, and gender approach. Afro-Peruvian activist, feminist, poet, and social researcher. She has led various workshops, events, conferences, and mental health healing circles for women. She is currently developing and participating in different research projects related to mental health, black feminism, racialized people, and Afro-Latin American poetry

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JOHANNA

CORDOVEZ

Johanna is the Co-founder of Tirando X Colombia, a social enterprise aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and securing the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of women through innovative community-centered, education-based interventions. She carries a Master’s Degree in International Law from Helsinki University, and has worked for the Foreign Ministry of Colombia developing projects for Human rights and communications. She is an independent consultant and Dale Carenegie certified trainer in Government and International Relations.

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LIZETH

QUIÑONEZ

Liceth is a traditional midwife, born in Buenaventura, Colombia, where she learned traditional birthing practices from her mother, Rosmilda Quiñones.


She is a Youth Community Leader with extensive background in community work focused on revindicating midwifery as ancestral medicine, women’s rights, ethnic and territorial rights, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and child nutrition. Currently, she is the Director of the United Midwives Association from the Pacific Coast (ASOPARUPA), a Coordinator for the National Network of Traditional Midwifery, and was recently named Buenaventura’s Cultural Heritage Representative.

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YOKO

RUIZ

Yoko is the General Director of Red Comunitaria Trans, a trans-centered community network. As a sex worker, Yoko is passionate about defending the rights of sex workers, and is an advocate for Trans rights. They work as a Researcher for The Health Care League for Transgender People.

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CAROLINA

RODRIGUEZ

Carolina Rodriguez Mayo is published poet, author, and social activist with a degree in Literary Studies and Philosophy. As a Multimedia Communication Specialist, She has been published in major Colombian literary periodicals such as Literariedad, Sombralarga, and Sinestesia. She was also featured in Afloramientos: Los Puentes de Regreso al pasado Estan Rotos, published by Fallidos Editores, as well as being featured in the the poetry collection of Brown University. Her work focuses on the lived experiences of Women and Afro-Latinas.

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YNDIRA

PEREA

Jazmín is a clinical psychologist with an intersectional, anti-racist, and gender approach. Afro-Peruvian activist, feminist, poet, and social researcher. She has led various workshops, events, conferences, and mental health healing circles for women. She is currently developing and participating in different research projects related to mental health, black feminism, racialized people, and Afro-Latin American poetry

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WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA

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FRANCOISE MUKUKU

Françoise Mukuku Mwamba Malale is a human rights activist and an independent consultant on gender issues. She is the CEO of Amazone advisors, a project management, communications and gender justice firm based in Kinshasa, in Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC). She works mainly in the Great Lakes Region (Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania) as well as francophone Africa  (Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Benin, Togo and Senegal) where she is specialized in Research and communications. Engaged activist, Francoise Mukuku M.M founded in 2001, SJS a DRCongo inclusive feminist group and she is now seating on the board of Urgent-action fund Africa. 

She uniformly organises trainings in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Agency and Voice, and is passionate particularly on the intersections that exist between development, human rights and social justice. 

She holds a MA in gender studies from the University of Cape Town, south Africa (2012) and a BA in public law from the Universite Protestante du Congo (2005)

MARIE SOLACE

Marie Solace Ngwe Mutah-Suh is 18 years old and a holder of the GCE Advanced levels. She is currently a student of the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa in her 2nd year currently studying Gender, Migration, and Refugee Studies and the Founder of the Solace Bliss Foundation, an organisation centered at carrying out humanitarian activities, curbing and fighting the social ill of rape, and Gender-based violence. She also served as a junior parliamentarian of the UN and she is now the Junior High Commissioner of the UN and currently volunteers at the International Human's Rights Commission (IHRC).

GLORY KILANKO

Glory Kilanko, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women Watch Afrika, Inc.  Ms. Kilanko has over 40 years wealth of experience working with women, men, and youths locally, nationally, and internationally in many parts of the United States, Africa, and Europe, and was a consultant to  the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Women’s Right, Violence  Against Women and Female Genital Mutilation.  Ms. Kilanko has extensive experience teaching, training, and developing curricula for culturally  and linguistically diverse populations. She is currently involved in an international movement to end all  forms of violence against women including female genital mutilation, widowhood rites, and  forced and early marriages. 

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NAKINTI BESUMBU

Nakinti Besumbu Nofuru has a Master’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Women and Gender Studies, and is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Applied Linguistics and African Languages, University of Bamenda, researching on language, marital status and gender inequality. Nakinti is the Founder and CEO of Rescue Women – Cameroon (REWOCAM), a Women- led and Women centered Organization charged with the mission to empower women and girls. She is also the Divisional Delegate for the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Ngoketunjia Division, North West Region.

MOROLAKE ODETOYINBO

Morolake Odetoyinbo is the founder of Positive Action for Treatment Access and Mary’s Home for Adolescent Girls, Nigeria. She is an activist, advocate, writer, therapist and teacher with experience in HIV/AIDS, mental health, LGBTQ, sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights. She is a key factor in mobilizing, networking and mentorship of people, particularly women living with HIV and has received many awards for her work.

WOKIE COLE

Madam Wokie Cole is president of the Liberia National Network of Persons Living with HIV (LIBNEP+) and serves as a mentor and advocate for Liberian women living with HIV. She herself has lived with HIV for thirteen years, alongside being a mother of six. Her work has been dedicated to fighting the stigma and lack of access to proper healthcare faced by women with HIV in rural communities. She is the "voice of the voiceless and gives hope to the hopeless

PREYE K. COBHAM

Preye K. Cobham, Esq. is the Attorney and Legal Director for Women Watch Afrika, Inc.,  and was an Associate Of Counsel for a small firm in Atlanta, Georgia in the areas of Family Law, Juvenile  Law, Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Adult Protective Services, and  General Litigation. Ms. Cobham earned her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, Phi  Beta Kappa, in Political Science, Pre-law, from Spelman College and her law degree from the  University of Notre Dame Law School. In 2013, Ms. Cobham was  selected as a Fellow of the United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Anti-Discrimination Section’s People of African Descent Concerns Fellowship Programme, in  Geneva, Switzerland. 

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ONI RICHARDS

Oni Richards currently serves as the Executive Director of the African Family Health Organization  (AFAHO) where she is responsible for leading the development, implementation and management of  health and human service programs for African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in the greater  Philadelphia area. She has received several awards for her work including the 2018 Human Rights and Dignity Innovator Award  (Social Innovations Awards) and the 2018 Women of Influence Award from Fun-times Voices of the Diaspora. She has spoken nationwide in the  U.S. and in different African countries on the health needs and trends of African and Afro-Caribbean  immigrants and refugees.

SITA BLANDINE

Sita Blandine Annette is a widow and mother living with HIV since 1993. Starting in 2002, she has been fighting for the rights of women living with HIV, and has served as president of the Association Femme Plus du Congo (AFPC) and Executive Director of the creation of the Federation of Associations of Women United in AIDS (UNAIDS).

DELPHINE NGWENYI

Delphine NGWENYI is a civil society activist. A community mobiliser . She has been the board chair of the Pan African Positive Women's Coalition Central African region from 2018 till date and currently works as programs coordinator at Association des Femmes Actives et Solidaire (AFASO) here in Cameroon Yaounde.

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CATHERINE LABIRAN

Catherine Labiran is a New York-based, London-raised Nigerian poet, researcher and human rights advocate. Catherine has taught and performed poetry across the U.K., U.S., South Africa and Nigeria. Currently, she is also the Gender Justice Program Coordinator at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI). At BAJI, Catherine leads BAJI’s gender-related research and advocacy initiatives. 

 

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MICHELE IRVING

Michele Irving has been a community worker and advocate for over 25 years. This community activist and human rights defender resides in Dangriga, Belize. In 2019, she received the MBE award in recognition of her community work with POWA (Productive Organization for Women in Action), the organization she coordinates and helped found in 2003. POWA is a community based Women’s group, created in 2003 to fight for the rights of Women and Girls to exist peacefully, free from gender based violence and gender discrimination. Under Michele’s leadership, POWA has developed projects and programs based on principles of respect, human rights and equity to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, and all forms of violence against women. These objectives are achieved through education, advocacy and services that POWA provides directly and through linkages with other organizations.

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ANGELIQUE V NIXON

Dr. Nixon is a Bahamas-born, Trinidad-based writer, artist, and scholar-activist. Her research and creative work has been published widely. She is author of two books, a poetry and art collection titled Saltwater Healing and scholarly award-winning book titled Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture. Angelique is a Lecturer at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. She is also a Director of the feminist LGBTI civil society organization CAISO: Sex & Gender Justice in Trinidad and Tobago.


 

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YOLANDA SIMON

Yolanda Simon was born in Trinidad and Tobago and has been involved in HIV/AIDS education in the Caribbean from as early as 1989. She has been a consultant with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and has contributed to several publications. She is a founding member of the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) and a former board member of the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+). She is currently a board member of ICASO. As the Executive Director of Caribbean Regional Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (CRN+), she was one of the original six signatories in the formation of the Pan-Caribbean partnership against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) and, under her stewardship, CRN+ was the first civil society organisation in the world to secure a grant from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). Ms. Yolanda Simon holds a BSc in Sociology and an MSc in Gender and Development Studies from the University of the West Indies. 
 

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ROSITA ROMERO

Rosita is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Dominican Women’s Development Center, a thirty year old organization that works with Dominican and other Latina Women in the Washington Heights/Inwood area, organizing them to deal with the problems affecting them in their daily lives. She has considerable experience in the area of community organizing, advocacy and coalition building. She has managed and led several health educational projects in the areas of reproductive health and reproductive rights; cardiovascular disease prevention; HIV/AIDS; and child immunization. She started her professional education at the University Puerto Rico, completed a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, and later obtained a Master in Social Work, from Hunter College School of Social Work.  

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WURI LUCIA ELLIS

Wuri Lucia Ellis is of Garifuna ancestry living in Belize with strong kinship connections in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and mainland South America.  She is trained in Social Planning and Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO) documentation which includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants. As such she is an advocate of culture as the foundation of the human identity. This is the message incorporated into all her 45 year professional career as a health advocate, teacher, counselor and consultant. Ms. Ellis is a writer of several publications and recently launched a book “A Rainbow in Her Eye” her journey through the colors of the rainbow. Her present focus is on retrieving traditional ways of women's reproductive self-care through all stages from infancy to crone. Ms. Ellis retired from teaching after 30 years and has formalized and registered her work under the umbrella of NUMASA Wellness Resource Center (NWRC).

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VALERIE JOSEPH

Valerie Joseph is the AEMES Mentoring Administrative Director (AEMES stands for Achieving Excellence in Math, Engineering, and Science) in the Clark Science Center at Smith College. She helps to organize several programs established to assist and support students from underrepresented populations to succeed at their STEM studies. She is also an anthropologist who researches the complex ways that African memory and internalized racism are embodied in Black girls' musical play in Carriacou, Grenada.

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CARIBBEAN

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ONIKA HENRY

Onika Henry is a trained educator, facilitator, counsellor, and theatre artist with university qualifications in Theatre Arts, Psychology and Human Sexuality. She uses this combination of specialties for the benefit of her clients and students, in an environment that is healthy, fun, productive and most of all, safe and non-judgemental. Ms Henry was a 2019 TEDxPortofSpain Speaker, a Fulbright Scholar (2012), a regular contributing writer for a newspaper in her country, the cofounder of a top performing arts company in Tobago as well as a trainer of sexual health facilitators. She volunteers at a few NGOs, including her island's only halfway Home for ex-prisoners and deportees. As a strong proponent of Theatre for Development (TfD) and Applied Arts, she actively uses the arts as a tool for social and behaviour change.
 

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JALLICIA JOLLY

Jallicia Jolly is a writer, post-doctoral fellow and incoming Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College. Dr. Jolly researchers and teaches on HIV/AIDS, Black women's health and activism, transnational feminist organizing and reproductive (in)justice in the African Diaspora. Dr. Jolly has written for the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Rewire News, Black Youth Project and her work has been supported by grants and fellowships such as The Fulbright Scholar Program, The Mellon Mays Foundation, National Women's Studies Association, Yale University's Sarah Petit Doctoral Fellowship in Queer Studies, and the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. She connects academic work to community interventions that advances equity, reproductive justice, & community building.

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KRISTINA NEIL

Kristina Neil is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where she earned her degree in International Relations with a minor in Gender and Development Studies.
Passionate about research, feminism, human rights, social and gender justice, Kristina constantly seeks opportunities to engage in critical discussions and activism to advance her knowledge and praxis. As a member of WE-Change, she serves as the organization's Policy and Research Officer where she heads the organization’s research projects, looking at issues of sexual and reproductive health, economic well-being, mental health, gender-based violence affecting Jamaican LBQ women.

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STEPHANIE  LEITCH

Stephanie Leitch is a queer writer, creative and feminist activist from Trinidad & Tobago. In her main role as Head of local nonprofit WOMANTRA, Stephanie has led the advocacy and programmatic activities of the organization, using an intersectional approach to understanding and addressing sex and gender discrimination and advocating for the rights of women and girls. As a thought leader from the Global South, Stephanie is an in-demand speaker on gender-equality issues globally and has been formally trained in transformational leadership, sexual & reproductive health and human rights.  Stephanie holds a Certificate from the Faculty of Medicine at Lund University in Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and currently serves as Trustee to the International Union for Health Promotion and Education where she has co-authored 2 articles on Black Lives and health promotion for the Oxford Press.


 

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SHANEILL 

BROWN

Shanneill Brown is a 20 year old, second-year Jamaican student at the University of Technology Jamaica, where she studies Dietetics and Nutrition. She has been affiliated with Eve for Life, Jamaica chapter since she was about 15 years old. There she volunteers her time with young Black girls. She is a youth leader and advocate under the Eve for Life-With and For Girls collaboration.


 

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L’ORANGLIS THOMAS
NEGRON


L'Orangelis Thomas Negrón is an Afro-Caribbean woman, queer, and HIV+ by birth. It is from this identity and personal experience that her activism is born. She is a community organizer of decentralized transfeminist and anti-racist spaces that are safe for menstruating people and people living with HIV through her artivist-centered nonprofit, Matrilineo. My work addresses HIV and Reproductive Justice, including menstrual awareness.


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Soy L’Orangelis Thomas Negrón. Soy una mujer afrocaribeña, queer y VIH + de nacimiento. Es desde la identidad y la vivencia personal desde donde nace todo lo que hago. Soy aprendiz e improvisadora de diversas disciplinas, desde la bomba, la costura, el movimiento, el artivismo, entre otras. Soy organizadora comunitaria de espacios descentralizados transfeministas y antirracistas, que sean seguros para personas menstruantes y personas viviendo con VIH. Mi trabajo se va dirigido al VIH y a la Justicia Reproductiva, incluyendo la conciencia menstrual.


 

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RUTH OSMAN

Ruth Osman, a Guyanese singer-songwriter and flautist based in Trinidad and Tobago, is  a 'poet disguised as a songbird’, according to Caribbean Beat Magazine. She has been writing music and poetry since childhood, drawing from her lived experience as a Caribbean woman of mixed heritage, and from the rich worlds that she encountered in books and in her father's favourite musicals. Her music, performed with her band, Love Warriors, has been described as ‘profound’, ‘entrancing' and ‘authentic’. And her sophomore  album, Elemental, was dubbed 'a 10-track gem' by the Trinidad Guardian. Osman, who is also a professional writer, says that her inspiration comes from ‘the desire to help us connect with each other and with the transcendent beauty of the human experience’.

 

 

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NORTH AMERICA

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NATALIA KANEM

Dr. Kanem currently serves as Acting Executive Director of UNFPA, prior to which she was Deputy Executive Director (Programme), and earlier UNFPA Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania from 2014 to 2016.  She holds more than three decades of experience in strategic leadership and management in the fields of medicine, public health, international peace and development, human rights and social justice at organizations such as the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, the ELMA Philanthropies Services, and The Ford Foundation. Dr. Kanem began her career at the Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of medicine and public health.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Science from Harvard University; Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University; Certification in Tropical Medicine from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; and Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.

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JALLICIA JOLLY

Jallicia Jolly is a writer, post-doctoral fellow and incoming Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College. Dr. Jolly researchers and teaches on HIV/AIDS, Black women's health and activism, transnational feminist organizing and reproductive (in)justice in the African Diaspora. Dr. Jolly has written for the Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Rewire News, Black Youth Project and her work has been supported by grants and fellowships such as The Fulbright Scholar Program, The Mellon Mays Foundation, National Women's Studies Association, Yale University's Sarah Petit Doctoral Fellowship in Queer Studies, and the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. She connects academic work to community interventions that advances equity, reproductive justice, & community building.

CHANTAL ST. LOUIS

Chantal St. Louis brings over 25 years of experience in training development and execution for publicly-funded, sexual reproductive health and family planning programs. Chantal’s curriculum focuses on empowering clinical providers, health educators, and community health workers to provide their clients reproductive education and family planning services. She has been actively involved in policy and program design, implementation and evaluation of public health initiatives related to women’s health. Chantal St. Louis, a Haitian immigrant and Boston resident for over 40 years, earned her Master of Arts in Women’s Health from Suffolk University in 2012.

  • Twitter: @chantalbklyn 

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JAZZMINE 

BROOKS

Jazzmine Brooks (she, they) is the owner of Jai Olive Wellness, a full-spectrum doula, and doctoral student in Central Iowa. Brooks became a doula to support historically marginalized rural families in the midwest, bring their narratives to the national discussion around Black maternal health, and add to reproductive justice scholarship. She is the co-founder of the Iowa Black Doula Collective, and has a background in higher education, health and wellness promotion and prevention, and policy.

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter: @JaiOliveWellness  

Clubhouse: @RuralBlackDoula 

Email: brooks@jaiolivewellness.page

Website: www.jaiolivewellness.com

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NZINGHA 

HALL

 Originally from Saint Louis, MO, Nzingha is an Atlanta transplant who recently earned her Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine with an emphasis in global health, health communications, and reproductive health. Nzingha is the Manager of Youth Programs at SisterLove, Inc. Nzingha has experience in the abortion care setting as an abortion doula, reproductive health counselor, and financial coordinator. Nzingha is a professionally trained diversity and inclusion facilitator and conducts presentations and workshops centering around unconscious bias, health literacy, and culturally competent sexual education. She is an alumna of the Erinn. J Vuley fellowship program, a leadership development program of Feminist Women's Health Center. Nzingha is the founder of "This is Black Sex ED!", a multimedia trivia game focusing on pop-culture and reproductive justice through a Black lens. Her passions include youth empowerment, women's health, reproductive health equity, transformative justice, and Black liberation. She is the former co-producer of “The Panel ATL” podcast.

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JUANA ROSACAVERO

With a strong commitment to reproductive justice, Juana Rosa builds power for transformative change. She has dedicated her professional career and community advocacy to projects that make real improvements to people’s lives. This vision has been crafted by roles within reproductive justice, public health, Latino/a policy research and civil rights advocacy. Currently, she is Director of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom (CCRF), the largest statewide alliance dedicated to reproductive freedom in California.

  • Twitter: @PWR4L

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MONICA SIMPSON

Monica Raye Simpson, a Black Lesbian born and raised in rural North Carolina, has organized extensively against human rights violations, reproductive oppression, the prison industrial complex, racism and intolerance, and the systematic physical and emotional violence inflicted upon Black women and the Black LBGTQ community in the South. She is a proud graduate of Johnson C Smith University. She has worked extensively on Black/Brown bridge building and to bring awareness to the reproductive oppression inflicted upon countless incarcerated women. Monica moved to Atlanta to work for SisterSong in 2010 as the Development Coordinator and was named the Executive Director in 2013. Monica currently serves as a board member for Advocates for Youth, the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and the legendary Highlander Research and Education Center.  She has been featured in documentaries with Netflix, Fusion TV and Al Jazeera for her advocacy efforts and is a recipient of the Woman of Vision Award from the Ms. Foundation for Women and named a New Civil Rights Leader by Essence Magazine.

  • Twitter: @monicarsimpson 

  • SisterSong's twitter: @sistersong_woc

  • SisterSong's FB : SisterSong_woc

  • Website: www.sistersong.net

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DAWN WOOTEN

Licensed Practical Nurse and Mother, Whistleblower (Irwin Detention Center ICE Facility), Woman of empowerment who “awakens the silent cry”

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DAZON DIXON 

DIALLO

Dázon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States. Dázon is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights, sexual and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, with, and on behalf of, communities of women and girls living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. She is a proud member of In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive justice in public health and prevention policies and programs. Dr. Diallo is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Health Network, and she is a co-chair for the Act Now End AIDS National Coalition.

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LORETTA ROSS

Loretta Ross is a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College teaching “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump.” She started her career in the women’s movement in the 1970s, working at the National Football League Players’ Association, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women, the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), the National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture. Her most recent publications are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and Radical Reproductive Justice. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College class of 2007.

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MEI-LING 

HOSHING

Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, like many of her prior classmates, became an activist after she survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida that left 17 of her classmates and teachers dead. In the wake of tragedy, and on the heels of nationwide school walk-outs and the March for Our Lives, Ho-Shing called for more than gun law reform alone. She’s demanding an intersectional approach to the #NeverAgain movement. Mei-Ling is currently continuing her education at the prestigious Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. She is a Political Science major, in addition to minoring in International Relations. She plans on paying it forward by becoming a global social justice leader.

Byllye

BYLLYE AVERY

Founder of Black Women’s Health Imperative in 1984, Convener of the First National Conference on Black Women’s Health Issues in 1983 (with 2000 participants in attendance), 1989 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient

Marvelous

MARVELOUS MUCHENJE

Marvelous is a PhD Student at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. With a professional and activist background in sexual and reproductive rights, Marvelous is passionate about seeking social justice in all its forms – not just by improving the lives of individuals, but by changing systems of oppression through collective action. An affirming HIV-positive Black woman, Marvelous is currently employed as a Manager, Community Relations & Communications at ViiV Healthcare Canada.

  • Twitter:       @MarvelousMuchen

  • Instagram:  @marvelousmuchenje

  • Facebook:   Marvelous Yeukai

  • Email: m.muchenje@yahoo.com

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MAUREEN OWINO

Maureen Owino is the Director of Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT). She has been and is an active organizer and advocate for immigrants, refugees, women and youth with HIV/AIDS in Toronto. Her commitments to Ontario's HIV community of people

living with HIV are unparalleled, and many in Ontario benefit from her vision, leadership, and contributions. Her experience as a racialized woman and an emerging academic in her field have deepened our understanding of HIV stigma, anti-Black racism, and health equity. Maureen is the recipient of the 2017 Ontario AIDS Network’s Caring Hands Award and the 2019 Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre Women of Resilience awards for resilient leaders. She has a master’s in Environmental Studies from York University is currently a PhD student at York University.

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JANVIEVE WILLIAMS COMRIE

Janvieve Williams Comrie is a Black Latina human rights strategist, trainer and organizer with a deep commitment to assist in the building of powerful social movements for racial justice and human rights. She has worked in a variety of fields and for several human rights institutions, including the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights Regional Office Central America, where she coordinated a regional program on race and racism. Janvieve is internationally recognized for her work with Afrodescendent communities.
She has recently been awarded a Soros Equality Fellowship (2018-2020).  She is mother to two amazing children and lives in the Bronx New York with her life partner.

  • Facebook: Janvieve Williams Comrie and AfroResistance

  • Instagram: Jwpanama and AfroResistance

  • Twitter: Jwpanama and Afro_Resistance

  • Website: http://www.afroresistance.org/

OUR TEAM

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ARAYA 

BLAKELY 

Araya Blakely (she/her) is a third year undergraduate student studying Social Justice, Criminology Law and Justice, and Music at the University of Iowa. Araya is currently serving as the Lead Organizer for WomenNOW! Sexual and Reproductive Justice Continuum. Araya is a Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) 2020 Alumna and former intern for SisterLove Incorporated. Araya has been supported by the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa (2020 Cmiel Funding Recipient), as well as Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP/RRASC Program). Araya works as a Resident Assistant for incoming University of Iowa students, and holds a leadership role in “Walk It Out”: The Largest Multicultural Student Organization at UIOWA, but is currently anticipating information for the organization’s annual multicultural fashion show (due to the complications of COVID-19.) After graduation, Araya hopes to work for a social justice organization that centers reproductive justice, anti-racist activism, or criminal justice advocacy/prison abolition; Araya is also interested in going back to school to study Civil Rights law.

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ROBYNNE 

LUCAS

Robynne Lucas (she/they) is a third year undergraduate student studying Women and Gender studies with a certificate in Reproductive Health Rights and Justice at Smith College. Her studies mainly revolve around sexuality/sexology, Feminist health, Reproductive justice, and Black Feminist studies. She is currently serving as the Assistant organizer for WomenNOW! Sexual and Reproductive Justice Continuum. Robynne is also working with S.T.A.R Theatre For Social Change as an intern and project coordinator; leading the creation of an interactive comprehensive + sexual education platform with the organization’s founder. Robynne aims to conjoin both her passions for Sexual and Reproductive Justice in pursuing a career in sex education as well as Public Health as a reproductive justice advocate for Black and brown womxn. Robynne intends to go back to school to pursue a masters in Nursing to become a Certified Nurse Midwife after gaining experience in sexual and reproductive justice activism. Robynne also hopes to open a Women’s health clinic servicing socioeconomically, racially, and sexually underrepresented communities later in her career.

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DAZON DIXON 

DIALLO

Dázon Dixon Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc, established in 1989, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States. Dázon is a recognized visionary and advocate in the struggle for human rights, sexual and reproductive justice, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, with, and on behalf of, communities of women and girls living with HIV and those at risk for HIV and STIs. She is a proud member of In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive justice in public health and prevention policies and programs. Dr. Diallo is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Health Network, and she is a co-chair for the Act Now End AIDS National Coalition.

Loretta

LORETTA 

ROSS

Loretta Ross is a Visiting Associate Professor at Smith College teaching “White Supremacy in the Age of Trump.” She started her career in the women’s movement in the 1970s, working at the National Football League Players’ Association, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Women, the National Black Women’s Health Project, the Center for Democratic Renewal (National Anti-Klan Network), the National Center for Human Rights Education, and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Her forthcoming book is Calling In the Calling Out Culture. Her most recent publications are Reproductive Justice: An Introduction and Radical Reproductive Justice. She is a graduate of Agnes Scott College class of 2007.

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KATY 

BELTRAN

Katy Beltran is a Colombian-born Visual Artist, Organizer, and Founder of Museo Nueva Memoria, currently living in the city of Atlanta, GA. Beltran is currently graduating with an M.F.A in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has worked since 2018 as part of the creative team of SISTERLOVE, INC and most recently WomenNOW! Sexual Health and Reproductive Justice Continuum mainly as a Visual Identity Consultant and Web Designer. Beltran also has nonprofit management and social leadership experience with five years of fieldwork, starting in 2015 when she founded Museo Nueva Memoria (The New Memory Museum) in Colombia, an awarded non-profit that uses art and photography to honor the life narratives of inhabitants of at-risk communities. Her longing to find a personal language has been nurtured by a variety of different expressive mediums, just as her desire to act to defend and enhance women’s rights through visual communication.