Kindness is advocating for what is right. One thing that is always right is this – Everyone has a right to their own body. Here are ways to support reproductive justice and menstrual health access:
1. Be An Advocate and Educate Yourself + Others
Every single person has the ability to be an advocate for reproductive justice and hygiene product access for themself and for all. Whether you’re well-versed in the history and priorities of reproductive justice or you are just entering this community, we have some great educational resources lined up for you to dive into.
Organizations With Educational Materials:
- Reproductive Health Access Project – Offers 31 patient information sheets to educate on birth control options, early pregnancy loss, family planning, and more.
- Planned Parenthood – Offers a comprehensive glossary of terms and ideas related to reproductive justice alongside their free, accessible health information.
- The National LGBTQ Task Force – Offers a toolkit providing information and resources on LGBTQ+ reproductive justice and health.
- Unladylike – Co-founders Cristen and Caroline are journalistically trained, research-addicted feminists who make digital media about all things gender. The process of cultivating our best selves and dreamiest lives is un-equally accessible for women, girls and nonbinary folks everywhere. But by better understanding our unique identities, diverse lived experiences and underlying injustices, we collectively can claim our space and make more room for others as well. We particularly like their episodes on “How to Demystify Vaginas”, “How to Pay for an Abortion”, and “How to Protect Abortion Clinics”.
- rePROs Fight Back – Sponsored by the Population Institute, rePROs Fight Back is a podcast to keep you informed on the critical fights and give you the tools to take action and fight back. Listen for a deep-dive into reproductive health, rights, and justice issues like abortion, birth control, sex education, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and more.
- What Teens Really Want to Learn in Sex Ed | Anna Labarca | Power to Decide
- Understanding the Intersection of Reproductive and Queer Rights | Maggi LeDuc | Power to Decide
- Supporting Reproductive Justice for People of Color | Annalee Schafranek | YWCA Works
- For transgender men, pain of menstruation is more than just physical. |Chloe Atkins | NBC News
- Sexuality: Pleasure, Privilege and the Power of Reproductive Justice | Michelle Hope | TEDxHarlem
- Reframing Reproductive Rights: Going Beyond Pro-Choice vs Pro Life | Asha Dahya | TEDxNormal
- Forgotten: Reproductive health in women with disabilities | Hilary Brown | TEDxUTSC
2. Amplify and Invest in the People and Organizations that are Doing the Work
As you enter the community of those advocating and fighting for reproductive health, access, and justice, it’s important to lift up the voices and actions that have been and are causing the waves of the movement.
Amplify Advocates and Activists
Here are a few change-makers we are following on Instagram:
- Michelle Hope, author and organizer
- Renee Bracey Sherman, Founder and Executive Director of We Testify
- Kwajelyn Jackson, activist and advocate
Support Non-Profit and For-Profit Organizations in this Fight
Whether it is donating to a philanthropic cause, purchasing products from a donating system, or sharing out resources, there are plenty of accessible ways to support organizations that are working for reproductive justice:
- Aunt Flow is a company that sells menstrual products with transparency and inclusivity. For every 10 tampons and pads sold, Aunt Flow donates 1 to PERIOD.org, a non-profit that distributes products to people in need.
- PERIOD.org is a global non-profit organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy.
- OHIV uses their website and hotline to provide callers and chat users with information about HIV, STIs, sexual health, and testing/health resources — privately and anonymously.
- Sister Song is a reproductive justice collection for women of color, building an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities
- SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW is building new leadership, changing culture, and advancing knowledge in Georgia and the South to ensure individuals and communities have resources and power to make sustainable and liberatory decisions about our bodies, gender, sexualities, and lives.
3. Do Your Civic Kindness
We may have just finished a national election, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lower your voice! Contribute to a kinder and braver world that empowers all people to make their own decisions when it comes to their bodies by using your voice and exercising your civic duties:
- Put Intersex and Transgender Education into Sex Ed Curriculum
- End Non-consensual and Unnecessary Surgeries on Intersex Children
- Protect Reproductive Rights in The Philippines