Supreme Court Victory Just a Step for RH Access

In a landmark decision the Supreme Court has prioritized women’s abortion autonomy.  In a 5-3 decision, the High Court ruled to uphold a woman’s constitutional right to make decisions about her reproductive health. Women across many states including Louisiana have been unable to access abortions because of many restrictions that were masked as health protections.  The court said that the supposed … [Read more...]

Dr. Willie Parker & Deon Haywood In Conversation: Reproductive Justice and Ethics in Human Services

Women With A Vision is excited that our Executive Director Deon Haywood will be in conversation with Dr. Willie Parker, a prominent leader in the reproductive justice movement. Reproductive Justice: Ethics in Human Services Tuesday, November 3, 2015 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CST) Free Event Light Dinner Provided Tulane Law School, Weinmann Hall, Room 110 Presented by Tulane University's … [Read more...]

WWAV Staff To Attend the New Leadership Networking Initiative Meeting, Discuss RJ Work in the South

Women With a Vision, Inc. staff will be attending the New Leadership Networking Initiative (NLNI) fall meeting, which will be held in New Orleans November 19-20, 2014. Now in its 15th year, NLNI has acted as a forum for bringing together a diverse group of people engaged in reproductive justice work from a variety of organizations across the country. During the meeting, WWAV’s Policy and … [Read more...]

WWAV Joins Coalition of Organizations in Denouncing Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

On October 7th, 2014, Women With a Vision joined a coalition of 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women's rights, and civil liberties organizations in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the U.S. Department of Justice, decrying the enhanced sentencing of a Tennessee woman for being pregnant when she committed a crime. Download and share the letter here (pdf) and … [Read more...]

September 16th: Celebrate Global Female Condom Day!

Today, September 16th, 2014, marks the third annual Global Female Condom Day – a day of education and advocacy dedicated to female condoms. Last year, thousands of individuals and nearly 250 organizations from 54 countries participated, demanding greater access to the female condom, an important and dynamic tool that can fight the spread of HIV, STIs, and aid in family planning. Here at Women … [Read more...]

WTUL Features WWAV on Reproductive Justice and the criminalization of Black women

WTUL News and Views spoke with Women With A Vision this morning about the ignored and suppressed history of the Reproductive Justice struggle, how the voices and issues of women of color have been oppressed and criminalized, and what criminalization and justice look like in the age of Renisha McBride, Marissa Alexander, and countless others. Listen here at WTUL 91.5 FM! … [Read more...]

Blog: On Violence, the Black Body & Reproductive Justice

Women With a Vision's Program Assistant, Mwende Katwiwa wrote a blog post entitled, Violence, the Black Body, and Reproductive Justice, exploring the historical legacy of violence against black bodies and linking it to our struggle for Reproductive Justice. Read and share here!   … [Read more...]

FILM SCREENING: “We Always Resist: Trust Black Women”

On Wednesday, August 13th, 2014, Women With a Vision is screening, “We Always Resist: Trust Black Women”, as part of a month-long celebration of 20 years of reproductive justice activism. The 24-minute film provides an informative history of the struggle for reproductive justice within African-American communities and argues that black women have always considered reproductive rights and … [Read more...]

Celebrate 20 Years of Reproductive Justice Organizing with WWAV!

Join WWAV this August to Honor 20 Years of Reproductive Justice Organizing! Women With A Vision is hosting a month of events: panels, teach-ins, brown bags, a film screening, and more, highlighting the movement for reproductive justice. … [Read more...]

Join WWAV today at 2CST for a Twitter Storm to Reclaim Reproductive Justice!

Too often the stories, work, and activism of Black women and other women of color are erased, invisibilized, and co-opted. That's been true of the "rewriting" of the reproductive justice movement, a movement founded more than two decades ago by Black women and other women of color wanting to use a broader framework to explain the intersectionality of our work and of our lives, and as a critique of … [Read more...]

WWAV Holding Focus Groups for Women of Faith about Women’s Health

Women with a Vision, Inc. is piloting a project hosting community meetings in the local African-American faith community about women’s health and how the faith community can help support women's health issues in our city and state. To begin these discussions, we are holding two focus groups that will take place this week at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center (4300 S. Broad Street) … [Read more...]

From New Orleans to Nigeria: This Mother’s Day, Honor the Lives of Black Women and Girls Locally and Around the Globe

These last few weeks, activists around the globe have watched an unfolding tragedy in Nigeria: the kidnapping of more than 267 Nigerian school girls from the Government Girls Secondary School, a boarding school in the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok. The kidnapping was part of an intentional and organized campaign to close schools in northern Nigeria. Today, on Mother's Day, Women With a … [Read more...]

WWAV to Host Social Mixer and Story Circle for Transgender Women, Part of New Emerge Project!

Announcing: GIRLS WITH A PEARL Girls With a Pearl is a bimonthly social mixer and safe space for transgender women. Join WWAV for conversation, dinner, and story sharing as we mix it up to talk about how to be healthy in our relationships. Why Girls With a Pearl? "The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes of pearls occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been … [Read more...]

Join WWAV at the New Orleans Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Red Umbrella March!

Come march with Women With a Vision staff this Saturday, February 8th at the 5th New Orleans Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Congo Square in Armstrong Park. Starting at noon, WWAV will join groups and residents from around the city in a Red Umbrella march and second line through the Treme neighborhood, and through areas of the 5th, 6th and 7th wards to raise awareness about the disproportionate … [Read more...]

Tune in Superbowl Sunday to see Deon Haywood on Melissa Harris-Perry!

Women With a Vision's Executive Director Deon Haywood will be on msnbc's Melissa Harris Perry Show this Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Deon will appear on a panel entitled, "Sex, Money, and the Super Bowl," and she will be joining an array of guests including Dave Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation, Joy Reid, Managing Editor of TheGrio.com, and Yamiche Alcindor, National Reporter at … [Read more...]

The Myths Surrounding Sex Work and the Super Bowl

In the lead up to the Super Bowl, news report after news report have used the fear of prostitution to perpetuate what has long been shown to be an urban myth — the idea that there are intricate networks of sex workers that descend upon cities for large sporting events, a concept furthered by the argument that human sex trafficking follows the same path. Although the link between the Super Bowl and … [Read more...]

WWAV Highlights from the 2013 Southern Harm Reduction Conference

Last month, more than one hundred harm reductionists and drug policy advocates gathered in New Orleans for the Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference. The conference was an amazing opportunity for groups across the region and nation to come together to learn about and discuss how drug policy impacts marginalized populations and our community as a whole. Conference attendees had an … [Read more...]

WWAV Executive Director Speaks at Tulane’s Audre Lorde Week

Women With a Vision's Deon Haywood will be speaking at Tulane University's second annual Audre Lorde Week. The week is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to develop tools for using human difference as a springboard for creative change. According to the organizers, the experiences planned for the week combine critical analysis and love, lyricism … [Read more...]

Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need

Women With A Vision is excited to join the Raising Women's Voices campaign to help women get covered under the Affordable Care Act insurance plans. The RWV campaign is an initiative between several national state and local health advocates who are committed to making the promise of health reform real for women. The campaign is working to make sure women's voices are heard and women's concerns are … [Read more...]

Facts about Stalking for National Stalking Awareness Month

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and this month Women With A Vision is launching our new program focusing on Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Dating Violence, specifically aimed at African-American women and LGBTQ survivors. This year is the 10th anniversary of Stalking Awareness month, and we wanted to leave you with a few facts: Stalking is a crime in all 50 States including … [Read more...]