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MEET THE SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE & FIRESIDE CHAT FEATURING SHAFIA MONROE, MODERATED BY NASHIRA BARIL

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In Shafia's keynote presentation, she will explore the historical background of reproductive justice, highlight its accomplishments, and identify the next steps necessary to continue the grassroots movement toward reproductive justice.

During the Fireside Chat, Shafia Monroe, one of BWF's earliest partners in the reproductive justice space, and Nashira Baril, a current BWF grantee partner, will engage in a lively intergenerational conversation about the movement before opening the floor to an audience Q&A.

Panel 1: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring Boston Women’s Fund grassroots reproductive justice grantee partners, Jallicia Jolly and Yaminah Romulus of Birth Equity & Justice Massachusetts, Julia Lotin of Melanin Mass Moms, and Stephanie Crawford of Propa City Community Outreach, as they share their innovative strategies for advancing reproductive justice locally and nationally. 

 

In this dynamic dialogue, our panelists will also delve into the urgent need for policy advocacy at both local and national levels, discuss the unique challenges faced by grassroots organizations led by Black women, and highlight the systemic issues surrounding the relationship between grassroots efforts and institutional support. With a focus on hope and liberation, our speakers will articulate their visions for the future of the reproductive justice movement. 

Wellness & Movement Session:
Nicole Flynt

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Nicole Flynt is Not Your Average Yoga Teacher. She's trained in Trauma-Informed Yoga, a practice that is focused on the well-being of the entire person. Nicole's work encourages participation for people of all genders and all body types, welcoming laughter and self-expression in each session. During the symposium, Nicole will facilitate a body scan and light movement that can be done while sitting or standing.

 

Additionally, individual reiki sessions are available throughout the afternoon by sign-up.

Panel 2: What's Your Birth Story?

Presented by The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund
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Improving maternal health equity isn’t solely about mothers and birthing people — making lasting strides in this movement will require all of us. The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF) presents a panel on our collective responsibility to participate in conversations about maternal health. Focusing on how to engage audiences besides mothers in conversations about maternal health, NCF grantees will discuss their work and a series of conversation guides created in partnership with community organizations and Mass General Brigham to guide these critical dialogues.

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