Zine & Blog for Reproductive Health

Zines are self-published magazines that we use as a creative medium to engage young black females to address complex and difficult issues concerning reproductive health and diseases of the reproductive system. This girl-centered zine project works with young adults to help them prioritize their reproductive health and overall health at an earlier age—and to recognize that proper health care is a basic human right. They also learn leadership skills to become community leaders, activists, and organizers with the goals of promoting open dialogue, making demands of the health care system, and raising awareness around the lack of attention paid to diseases of the reproductive system that affect young black women. The peer educators provide workshops to their peers throughout Greater Boston.

 

Sisterhood empowerment circle

This group mobilizes black women and our allies to critically examine the external factors/systems that make us and our young girls more vulnerable to these diseases. It provides a safe environment to talk and organize around current concerns regarding our reproductive health and various political, public health, and social policies—as we simultaneously explore our resiliency and strengths.

 

The Wisdom Corner for Reproductive Health

This program is designed for women of African descent over the age of 55 years old to increase awareness and foster an empowering mature woman-to-woman corner about reproductive health and diseases of the reproductive system. Workshops and training activities will include discussions on the aforementioned diseases and related to topics such as:

  • Expanding the dialogue of reproductive health concept beyond childbearing age and motherhood
  • Defining  and raising our concerns into the discourse of reproductive health concerns  
  • Recognition of special reproductive health needs of older women
  • Gynecological cancers in older women of African descent
  • Benefits of physical activities and emotional well-being in relation to reproductive health
  • Learning and caring for our reproductive health as we age
  • Sorting out routine check-ups and screenings
  • Healthy food choices
  • Traditional storytelling to address complex issues
 

Intergenerational Quilt Project

This quilt project is a subcomponent of the Wisdom Corner for Reproductive Health program.  It brings together cross-generations of older black women and young adults between the ages of 15 to 21 years old as community health leaders to address diseases of the reproductive system that have affected their lives across generations. The quilt making is used as a catalyst for this cohort   to seek empowering solutions to health concerns through dialogue/lectures, traditional storytelling, healthy cooking, and physical/social activities. We plan to incorporate social media as an interactive tool to promote this project.