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