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WomenNOW! Reproductive Health and Justice Continuum is holding the next Virtual Summit on Friday, 04/23 at 10a EST. We are hosting a Zoom meeting and broadcasting on Facebook Live simultaneously. This time, we are focusing on the struggles of our sisters in West and Central Africa. The intersectional challenges faced by women in this region can be related to by women across the world. However, within the region, there are specific realities which amplify these problems in a unique way. We have built a conceptual framework, working hand-in-hand with organizers, activists, and social leaders within the region, to address these issues. The antidote to any form of oppression is solidarity among those who are beset by the oppression. It is in this spirit that we continue our work to construct a global community that recognizes the struggles that women face, but also empowers us to act as a force for change. Read and share our infographic below on the unique problems faced by women in West and Central Africa, and join us on Friday, April 23rd at 10a to hear and participate in this vital discussion. We will host the meeting in both French and English*. *Those who need French translation will need to register for the Zoom meeting for live language interpretation.

On Wednesday April 14th, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released their flagship 2021 State of World Population Report . This report collated and analyzed data on the specific nature of challenges posed to marginalized peoples around the world. For the first time, the UNFPA specifically reported on female bodily autonomy in Africa. Here are some of their key findings:

  • Only 55 % of women are fully empowered to make choices over health care, contraception and the ability to say yes or no to sex.

  • Only 71 % of countries guarantee access to overall maternity care.

  • Only 75 % of countries legally ensure full, equal access to contraception.

  • Only about 80 % of countries have laws supporting sexual health and well-being.

  • Only about 56 % of countries have laws and policies supporting comprehensive sexuality education.

Our project, the WomenNOW! Reproductive Health and Justice Continuum will address these challenges and explore solutions at our next Virtual Summit, hosted on April 23rd at 10a EST on Facebook Live and Zoom. We will, in concert with local community leaders, political organizers, and social activists, create a framework for collectively solving these oppressive challenges as a global solidarity network of women. Join our global community by registering for our next event and consider becoming a monthly supporter. REGISTER DONATE

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WomenNOW! is by Women and for Women.

We envision a world in which all Women (cisgender, transgender, and gender-nonconforming) are heard, trusted, and respected by building a global network of solidarity and protection. This solidarity is built as a continuum of worldwide regional chapters, each with their own Virtual Summits, held monthly, that address the intersectional struggles that Women face in their locality, with an understanding that Women everywhere can connect and empathize with the struggles of Women anywhere in the world. Our framework for achieving this is:

  • Monthly Virtual Summits: Each meeting will be available on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook; each summit focuses on a specific region around the world and highlights the intersectional challenges that Women face and how they can connect with others to form strategic goals to meet them.

  • Yearly In-person conferences: Each year will culminate in an in-person summit taking place in the Motherland of Africa. This is a time where the solidarity built through the previous virtual summits becomes real and manifest in the fellowship of sorority. We will host discussion panels, cross-cultural festivities featuring art and music, and festive celebrations of Sisterhood.

  • Activism and Support: We act as a partner and incubator for other Woman-focused organizations to form and sustain a global action network that supports, protects, and empowers Women and Girls across the globe. This support is in the form of direct financial contribution, creating a platform for information collection and distribution, and strategic development of initiatives that advance Women's rights

We are working to ensure the wants and needs of Women and Girls are heard and respected, but we cannot do it without your support. Consider becoming a monthly supporter. Your donations will help build a world in which all Women can create, thrive, and prosper. Donate Watch our United Nations' Livestream Thursday at 1p Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube! Download WomenNOW! Infographic

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