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Mission and Vision The mission of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective is to strengthen and multiply the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color so that we may secure our human rights, and thus achieve reproductive justice. We fight equally for the right to bear -or not to bear -a child, along with the subsequent and necessary enabling conditions to realize these rights. SisterSong represents five ethnic populations/indigenous nations in the U.S.: Native American/Indigenous; Asian/Pacific Islander; Arab American; Middle Eastern/North African; Latina; and African American/Black/Caribbean /African. The collective has nearly one hundred women of color member organizations and individuals, white women and male allies. All these people work together to improve the live of women of color. SisterSong's vision of reproductive justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social, and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women's human rights. We implement our work within the structure of three national impact goals:
- To create spaces for indigenous women and women of color to strategize on developing a national movement of women of color for reproductive justice.
- To build the capacity of indigenous women and women of color organizations and to increase their visibility, sustainable, effective, and influence.
- To lift the voices and perspectives of Indigenous women and women of color into the reproductive rights movement, into communities of color and public polices.
History and Organizational Overview SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective began in 1997. Sixteen grassroots women of color organizations came together to advocate for reproductive justice. Before SisterSong, women of color tried to assimilate within conventional human rights organizations across the United States. The ability of women of color to make reproductive decisions is broader than the agenda set by these organizations. This ability is directly related to the political, economic, environmental, and social conditions within our communities. Most reproductive rights organizations favor an agenda based on privacy and individual choice. Many women of color organizations also had to compete with the conventional organizations for funding. Today, SisterSong represents nearly one hundred organizations working to improve the reproductive health of women of color in the United States. SisterSong makes the work of women of color more visible and our perspectives understood both nationally and in our local communities. The Collective is governed by the Management Circle, a Board of Directors, comprised of twenty organizations or individual members. At SisterSong, we believe our accomplishments are the reason that we can do more collectively that we can as individuals.
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