The Afiya Center

About the Summit

The Texas Black Women’s Reproductive Summit & #‎TXBlackWomenRiseUp campaign was created in direct response to the lack of press coverage, effective policy strategies, and advocacy initiatives designed for Black women’s reproductive health in the state of Texas. The summit aimed to connect Black women with allied organizations working in Texas on reproductive health, rights, and justice; how to share stories to facilitate healing and learning for black women and allies; build relationships for long-term change; and provide a framework to implement in their respective districts, communities and organizations.

In 2016, The Afiya Center hosted the inaugural Texas Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Summit in Dallas, Texas. This was a convening of Black women leading the conversation on critical issues surrounding Black women, reproductive rights, and the abortion movement. As a result, TAC was able to lay the foundation for an intersectional policy agenda focused on groundbreaking solutions.

Reproductive Justice + Faith

The Afiya Center hears the rhetoric about how the Black community has been absent from the reproductive justice dialogue despite the impact of their silence on the lives of Black women. The beliefs of most major faiths have tenets that say one should show compassion, forgiveness, practice kindness and participate in acts of service to the poor and disenfranchised, yet the Black church remains on the sidelines on the issue of reproductive justice. Some may ask, what does it mean to be a person of faith engaged in reproductive justice work? Specifically, what does it mean to be a person of faith that supports and lifts up the lives of Black women? These questions and much will be explored at the Texas Black Women’s Reproductive Summit.

February 15-17, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, The Afiya Center will bring together representatives of the faith community and various reproductive justice leaders to discuss how communities of faith have responded to the complete economic, social, and political power of Black women. Additionally, we explore how to integrate the reproductive justice framework and faith. To kick off the Summit, The Afiya Center will host an opening reception: “The Black Church on Reproductive Justice”, featuring Yvette Flunder to guide the discussion along with Executive Director of The Afiya Center, Marsha Jones.

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Volunteers help with registration, serve as monitors, and assist speakers with set-up and technology needs. We could not put on this summit without the help of volunteers like you!

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