The Intersections of Our Lives is a collaborative of three organizations representing women of color focused on addressing civil rights, justice, reproductive health and equality issues.
Since 2016, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda (In Our Own Voice), three women-of-color led national Reproductive Justice organizations with both D.C. and statewide presence, have intentionally collaborated with one another on a number of policy and issue actions.
As Reproductive Justice (RJ) organizations, we operate under a human rights frame that all people have the right to control our bodies, our sexuality, our gender, our work and our reproduction. Reproductive Justice will only be achieved when all people, of all immigration statuses, have the agency, economic, social, and political power and resources to define and make decisions about our bodies, health, sexuality, families, and communities in all areas of our lives with dignity and self-determination. We center the needs, perspectives and solutions of people of color.
As advocates for Reproductive Justice, we recognize the cumulative impact of multiple forms of oppression in people’s lives. Our broad approach is driven by the intersectional lived experiences of women of color. Without an intersectional approach and a broad vision for justice and equity, policies silo and invisibilize critical aspects of our lives that must be addressed in policy change.
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national-state partnership of eight Black women’s Reproductive Justice organizations in California, Georgia, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas representing more than 1.3 million Black women and girls. In Our Voice’s partners include Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Sister Love, Sister Reach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, The Afiya Center and Women With a Vision.
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), with operations in New York City, DC, Chicago, and Atlanta and chapters in 16 cities, is the organizing home for Asian American and Pacific Islander women activists in the United States. NAPAWF is the nation’s only national, multi-issue organization for AAPI women and girls) with this updated description: The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), is the only national reproductive justice organization dedicated to building Latina power to advance health, dignity, and justice for Latinas, their families, and communities in the United States through leadership development, civic engagement, community mobilization, policy advocacy, and strategic communications. NLIRH has operations in DC, New York, Texas, Florida and Virginia. NLIRH serves as co-chair of All Above All, a campaign to restore a public funding for abortion in the US, and as a leader in the heel for immigrant women and families coalition working to bring health access to immigrant women.