Reproductive justice is a movement that envisions the complete physical and mental well-being of women and girls, which will be achieved when women and girls have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.
NAPAWF is at the forefront of building coalitions and cross-movement strategies that address the intersection of reproductive justice with other social justice movements. Our report, Reclaiming Choice, Broadening the Movement: Reproductive Justice Agenda, outlines our comprehensive approach.
NAPAWF also advocates for policy changes to a broad range of sexual and reproductive justice issues that impact the lives of API women and girls, and continues to educate its members, policymakers and the public on these issues.
Currently, our efforts are focused on the following areas:
- Health Care Reform
- HPV Vaccine Mandate
- Race and Sex Selective Abortion Bans
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- EACH Woman Act
We believe in the power of young people. That’s why, in June, we convened 10 young women from across the country to learn about storytelling for social change and create their own videos about their reproductive justice experiences.
The magic that took place went far beyond our expectations.
This inaugural cohort of our Reproductive Justice Leadership, Amplification, Mobilization, and Power Building (RJ LAMP) was a 10-day Institute at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts held in conjunction with the Gloria and Wilma School for Organizers. Curriculum topics included AAPI movement history, reproductive justice, campaign development, social media, digital media-making, and storytelling. Participants built essential skills for advocacy, unearthed and begun to heal from past trauma, and learned to stand in their power as AAPI agents of social change.
NAPAWF is excited to release and share these digital stories with you later in September and October, but first let’s meet the 2015 RJ LAMP Participants!
In 2013, sex-selective abortion bans were the second most-proposed abortion ban in the states. Twenty-one states and the U.S. Congress have considered these bans since 2009 and eight states have banned sex-selective abortion. To support their efforts to undermine reproductive rights, anti-choice activists and politicians have commonly used six myths— one of them being that Asian American women are giving birth to more boys than girls because they are engaging in sex-selective practices. Our report busts these myths and replaces them with facts about this growing affront on women’s health, and on the Asian American community.
The report draws on legal research, empirical analysis of U.S. census and birth statistics, field work in India, and an extensive review of scholarly publications in social sciences, law and other disciplines. This report is the product of partnership between the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law, and the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health program at the University of California, San Francisco.
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