November 25-29, 2013
Women's rights-in particular reproductive rights- is a hot button issue that is playing an ever larger role in the outcome of political races all over the country. Just last week Albuquerque, NM voters decided not to uphold a ban on abortions after 20 weeks and the recently elected governor of the state of Virginia defeated a candidate widely viewed as unsympathetic to women's issues. Week 8 of the UDHR focuses on the grassroots organizations defending the rights of women in the United States and fighting back assaults on hard-won gains. Be sure to check out the work of these incredible organizations by clicking through the links below.
Black Women's Blueprint, Inc is a civil and human rights organization whose purpose is to take action to secure social, political and economic equality in American society now, working to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.
Georgia WAND is devoted to progressive social change. The chapter is recognized as a bridge-building organization and a key coalition partner of the progressive community in Atlanta and the Southeast, well-positioned in Georgia’s political epicenter, which boasts the largest concentration of progressive activists and voters in the southeast.
Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic and Social Justice works with more than 2,500 women and young women across the Black Belt of Alabama and Georgia and the Delta in Mississippi. These areas are designated by the United States Department of Agriculture as “persistently poor” for the last two decades and epitomize America’s stark and growing disparity between the rich and the poor, with women of color at the bottom of every index.
Women's Health and Justice Initiative addresses the hidden and persistent intersecting forms of racial, gender, and economically based violence, neglect, inequality, and vulnerability. A radical feminist of color organization based in New Orleans working to improve the social and economic health of women of color and their communities, WHJI challenges the use the punitive social policies, practices, and behaviors that restrict, criminalize, exploit, and police the bodies and lives of low and working class women of color.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health ensures the fundamental human right to reproductive health and justice for Latinas, their families and their communities through public education, community mobilization and policy advocacy. NLIRH is cognizant that women of color, particularly Latinas, have had very limited access to the institutions and officials responsible for setting and implementing polices that directly affect the lives of many Latinas. For this reason, NLIRH is committed to serving as an advocacy engine or vehicle by which Latinas can voice their concerns and make their demands known.
Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.
Center for Women's Global Leadership has been instrumental in fostering women's leadership in the area of human rights through leadership institutes, and international mobilization campaigns. Their 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.