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Title: Women's Health & Justice Initiative "Organizing In
START DATE: 2/2/2008
Duration: 6 Hours
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Women\'s Health & Justice Initiative:
The New Orleans Women\'s Health & Justice Initiative (WHJI) will be sponsoring a series of \'Organizing Institutes\' throughout 2008, focused on (1) examining and challenging all forms of gender and sexuality-based violence against women of color and poor women in our communities; and (2) developing grassroots strategies to equip those most disenfranchised by the medical industry with the means to control and care for their own bodies, sexuality, and reproduction. Topics will include:

* Developing Alternatives to Incarceration for Addressing Violence Against Women of Color;
* Reproductive Justice 101 & 102;
* the Feminization of Disasters; Understanding Law Enforcement Violence Against Women of Color and Trans People of Color;
* Black Women and Violence;
* Rape Culture and Sexual Violence,
* Women\'s Health & Reproductive Technologies;
* Gender & Displacement; and
* Women, Poverty and Criminalization to name a few!

WHJI is committed to advancing a sexual health and reproductive justice movement in New Orleans that understands the impact of violence, poverty, gender inequalities, reproductive control legislation, trauma, coercive sterilization and dangerous contraception policies, and the harmful effects of toxic environments have on women\'s health and well-being[1].

For more information or to RSVP contact Mandisa Moore at 504-931-8482 or reply to

To learn more about SisterSong, check out their website at

**The New Orleans Women\'s Health & Justice Initiative (WHJI, the Initiative) was formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina through the organizing efforts of INCITE! New Orleans and local health care practitioners and activists challenging the social invisibility of women color and poor women experiences, vulnerabilities, and health care needs. Our mission is to develop community-based strategies to improve the social and economic health and well-being of women of color by 1) centering the experiences of low-income and uninsured women of color living in the intersections of oppression based on race, gender identity and express, sexuality, immigration status, ability and class; and (2) addressing the social, economic, culture, and political conditions that impact women\'s health.


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