“Voices for Reproductive Justice (V4RJ),” a university-community partnership, which highlights the application of social justice and health equity approaches to reproductive health. Historically, reproductive health advocates have applied a narrower, rights-based framework that focuses on bodily autonomy and has privileged the voices of white, middle-class women.
Reproductive justice, defined as the “right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities,” shifts that focus by applying an equity lens, broadening the health-related issues addressed, and centering diverse voices.
Our day-long conference will include interactive panel discussions and keynote speakers around the defining issues within reproductive justice. National and regional leaders and scholars in the field will interrogate current and historical narratives of reproductive health from diverse perspectives. The symposium will also introduce emerging scholars’ research and the work of community leaders. ALL voices–joined together.
The V4RJ planning committee is co-chaired Dr. Amanda Tanner and Professor Christina Yongue, and hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Public Health Education in partnership with RJSquared (represented by Jasmine Getrouw-Moore), Village Doula Sis (represented by Cassey Mapp-Ahmad), and Speakin’ of Grace (represented by Kiera Herford). Several faculty members and students are working diligently in support of this event: Dr. Erica Payton-Foh, Dr. Meredith Gringle, Sulianie Mertus, Elondra Harr, and Nia Washington.