The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC)
is a non-profit organization based in Victoria, BC, Canada. We advocate for reproductive justice* by creating networks of support for women using food, art, and education.
Reproductive justice recognizes that struggles for sexual and reproductive rights is not a singular issue. It has to be linked to wider struggles against oppression (racism, sexism, colonization, immigration rights, income, education, etc). These intersecting oppressions can limit a person's ability to have control over their body.
- Social isolation, perceived or not, is associated with negative health outcomes. This isolation is particularly hard on visible minorities and indigenous people. SNIWWOC uses food, art, and education to connect women.
- By creating support networks, we reduce loneliness and isolation, and mobilize individuals to fight against economic, and structural constraints that limit women's access to health care and full reproductive choice.
- We host regular events in Victoria, BC. These include a monthly dinner series called Food With A Side of Community, regular workshops, music celebrations, an annual neighbourhood festival in Quadra Village, and much more.
- We support and advocate for immigrant and refugee families, and connect them to appropriate social supports.
- We recognize the power of art and imagery, and creatively utilize various art mediums to educate about reproductive justice.
- We provide information and education about navigating Canada's healthcare system.