Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) has a special mission to engage women who are not often invited into health policy discussions, including women of color; low-income women; immigrant women; young women; women with disabilities; and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) community. Our 25 Regional Coordinators (RCs) help represent these constituencies’ interests.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and an election right around the corner, advocating for health justice is more important than ever. In the most recent RWV Roundup, we learn about the work that RWV is doing to secure health care access during this critical time.
As Reproductive Justice advocates, it would be easy to feel discouraged as hostility towards abortion rights grows. But for many advocates – the opposite has been true: they’ve felt more motivated than ever to persevere when faced with anti-choice politicians who are slow to expand health care access of any kind. In the January 2020 edition, we learn about the ways that RWV has been building political power in Southern states in order to address reproductive autonomy and maternal health for women of color.
In the January 2019 RWV Roundup, we emphasize the work done to speak out against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, underscoring the ways his views could be disastrous to health care access and abortion rights. Despite this alarming time for health care rights, a pro-choice majority in the house is giving RWV a chance to advance Reproductive Justice efforts.
Maternal care is in crisis in the United States, and we need comprehensive legislation to address this issue. In the Summer 2019 RWV roundup, we learn about the Week of Solidarity to Defend Abortion and the tangible impacts of our RWV Regional Coordinators, including the passage of Illinois’ Reproductive Health Act.
Meeting as activists is powerful! In the January 2018 RWV Roundup, we get a debrief of the RWV Annual Convening, which offers time to come together and find solidarity, energy, inspiration, and new directions for our work at the state and local levels, as we continue fighting at the Federal level. This roundup gives an overview of the Regional Coordinators who shared at the convening, as well as major takeaways shared by RCs.