Victoria, Canada: Free and Paid Sexual & Reproductive Health Access Guide
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains a" number of targets related to reproductive health. Specifically, target 3.7 calls for ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes by 2030."
This Access Guide is in line with SNIWWOC's mandate to explore reproductive justice using food, art, and education. It is important to ackowledge the ways in which multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and stigma can create barriers in accessing information about essential health services in Victoria BC, leading to poor health outcomes.
The pamphlet was distributed at multiple local organizations, community centres, and healthcare facilities across Victoria.
Reproductive Justice: Raising Our Voices Through Photography
In the summer of 2015, SNIWWOC hosted a series of photo voice workshops that used photography as a means of creating narratives around reproductive health and justice. Topics included the limits of discourses around choice, bodily self-determination, and control over our body. These conversations were expressed creatively though photo narration by workshop participants. The photos created during the workshops were exhibited at Open Space Art Gallery.
The project was led by Tribesty Nguyen and Boma Brown, and sponsored by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR).
Photo caption from one of the participant's:
These photos capture reproductive justice in a unique way. The beach rocks represent diversity and unity. The sea represent the openness in reproductive Justice. The beach and the logs all capture the beauty of reproductive Justice. The crew ship represents the fact that sometimes we have to look and find Reproductive Justice in our everyday interactions with others.
Voices: Exploring healthcare access through photography
Voices” is a photo exhibit which shares stories about the experiences of women of colour. The powerful photography fuels a dialogue on multiple subjects, with a focus on health and access to health care for women often marginalized by many intersecting factors, specifically race and gender.
The pictures from the project were showcased at Solstice Cafe on June 27, and project brochures were distributed across the city.