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A Summer Gathering of Inspiration and Resilience
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About Us

*We are fiscally sponsored by the Boston Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA).  We view the BMA as a tremendous community asset for their visionary leadership and steadfast commitment to minority communities.

 


Resilient Sisterhood Project — a Window into Women’s Reproductive Health & Wellness

 “Good health is a social benefit, and ill health is a social drain.”

Patricia Smith

 

  • Many black women, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status are affected by common but rarely discussed diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionately affect them. These diseases include, but are not limited to: uterine fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) as well as breast, cervical, ovarian, and uterine cancers. 
  • To address these diseases and their multifaceted burdens in our lives, the Resilient Sisterhood Project works in partnership with—rather than on behalf of black women, including young adults between the ages of 15 to 21 years old.
     
  • We bring a social justice framework for thinking about disease disparities as we analyze: deeply rooted racial discrimination and internalized racism, oppressive cultural and gender norms, environmental and food injustice, medical and health inequities, and other social determinants of health that can contribute to increased risk of morbidity and mortality from the aforementioned diseases of the reproductive system.
  • Our programs and services represent a venue of support for advocacy, activism, and education.  We are committed to building knowledge about reproductive health through innovative educational workshops, community-based projects, women and girls-centered initiatives, and individualized support.  We serve black women of all socioeconomic backgrounds; however we give preference to women from disenfranchised communities.
  • We organize both structured and informal dialogue and individual interactions to provide culturally sensitive safe spaces where women of African descent can speak freely and inquire about reproductive health conditions and find empowering solutions that lead to more informed and healthy women.