It’s official, folks: Trust Women Week is here! Time to get loud and proud about the trust YOU have that women are the real experts when it comes to decisions about their bodies and their lives.
Sunday was the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision decriminalizing abortion in the US for the first time since the 1880s. To commemorate this moment, over 50 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations (including PopDev) have joined the Silver Ribbon Campaign‘s virtual march, focusing on shared messages as literal and virtual banners, including:
- Her Decision, Her Health
- Fix the Economy, Support My Autonomy
- U.S. Out of My Uterus
- Reproductive Rights Are Human Rights
Some of you may be thinking: A virtual march? Do we all meet up at a predetermined online, Sims-World-esque location and watch our avatars make their way across the internetz? Not quite. A virtual march is more like a super-petition. It concentrates attention from a wide variety of groups on a common theme for a short period of time, enabling individuals to participate and express solidarity as privately or publicly as suits them, from any location.
When you sign on in support of one of the Trust Women Week messages, you show up as dot on a map. We get to see our community shine in real time, and join together in sending a strong message about our presence and visibility to elected officials — and one another — that we are many, we are powerful, and we are committed.
2011 was a difficult year, but fierce organizing led to some notable wins for us — wins echoed in the banner created by Trust Women Week partner SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective: “We Trust Black Women, Do You?” This is no small question in the wake of a year where women of color-led organizing led to the removal of shaming and blaming anti-abortion billboards and the defeat of Mississippi’s Personhood Amendment. It’s vital that we step in the line of that legacy, and begin 2012 building solidarity and momentum for reproductive justice.
“We believe Reproductive Justice exists when all people have the social, political and economic power and resources to make healthy decisions about our gender, bodies, sexuality and families for our selves and our communities. Reproductive Justice aims to transform power inequities and create long-term systemic change, and therefore relies on the leadership of communities most impacted by reproductive oppression. The reproductive justice framework recognizes that all individuals are part of families and communities and that our strategies must lift up entire communities in order to support individuals.”
– Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ)