Racial inequities have been laid bare across the country, including here in California. BWWAP has worked to elevate the intersection between racism and health, focusing especially on reproductive justice. Our efforts have ranged from legislative items, budget requests, administrative asks, and media actions.
Author: Francois Huyghe
All birthing people deserve the right to have joyous births. BWWAP is pushing forward a campaign that changes the narrative and policies around maternal health care. Also, check out our birthing people’s bill of rights during covid.
Black women have a long history of boldly confronting injustice. In the wake of violent and aggressive police response to protests after the murder of George Floyd, BWWAP joined other national voices to call for alternative actions that shift power and support Black communities.
In 2020, BWWAP teamed up with Courage CA to encourage Black voters to get to the polls. Through weekly workshops, digital and physical ads, and social media actions we reached over 5 million voters with our message.
Why it matters California’s foster youth and nonminor dependents experience disproportionately high rates of sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, and poor access to prenatal care. This burden falls heavily on Black youth, who are overrepresented in our state’s foster system by 3.1x their share of the general population. This is a complex and intersectional issue, … Continued
Why this matters For the past three decades, the rates of sexually transmitted disease (STDs) have continued to climb in California. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are becoming more prevalent and can have long-term health effects if left untreated. Syphilis has risen at an especially alarming rate (nearly 900% between 2012-2018!) and can cause serious harm to … Continued
Why this matters Abortion is a safe, legal health procedure that many women will choose at some point in life. California is one of only six states which require insurance plans to cover this care, but unfortunately many birthing people still face high cost-sharing burdens. Eliminating financial barriers is critical to ensuring that all birthing … Continued
Why this matters Not being able to afford or access menstrual products can result in the loss of educational, employment, and other opportunities. California is the world’s fifth largest economy, and it is time that we join the international movement that is demanding equality for women and menstruating people. What our bill does AB 367 … Continued
You Deserve Better is a campaign by Black Women for Wellness Action Project and Courage California. Using a speculative fiction format, we take a closer look at the horrors of crisis pregnancy centers.