WHO WE ARE
SisterReach, founded October 2011, is a Memphis, TN based grassroots 501c3 non-profit supporting the reproductive autonomy of women and teens of color, poor and rural women, LGBTQIA+ people and their families through the framework of Reproductive Justice. We work from a 3-pronged strategy of education, policy & advocacy and culture shift. Our work spans the local, regional, national and international levels. Our mission is to empower our base to lead healthy lives, raise healthy families and live in healthy communities.
Our founder, Cherisse Scott, was first introduced to RJ through her own personal experiences and advocacy in Chicago, IL. She saw the need for women of color leadership around our reproductive and sexual health and wellness.
We also strive to heighten awareness and increase access for policymakers, medical providers, educators, feminists, other advocacy organizations, and community leaders whose missions and agendas intersect with the RJ framework. Prior to our existence, there was no organization or entity formally working specifically from the RJ framework in the state.
MISSION STATEMENT & ORGANIZATIONAL STATEMENT
Our mission is to empower our base to lead healthy lives, raise healthy families, and live in healthy and sustainable communities by using a three-pronged strategy of education, policy and advocacy, and culture change.
SisterReach is committed to empowering women, teens, individuals, and their families from all walks of life, ethnicities, genders, and faith beliefs.
WE BELIEVE that people are most empowered when they have access to all information regarding their health and well-being.
We are committed to Reproductive Justice and applying its framework to all we do.
WE SUPPORT a person's right to lead a healthy life, raise a healthy family, and live in a healthy and sustainable community.
WE DO NOT DISCRIMINATE against individuals or families in need based on their socio-economic standing, sexual orientation, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or race.
Guided by the biblical principle expressed in Hosea 4:6 (King James Version), “My people are destroyed by a lack of knowledge...”, it is our purpose to ensure optimum reproductive and sexual health, and human rights for the people we serve.
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE EXPLAINED
A term coined in Chicago in 1994 by twelve black women, reproductive justice was created to center the lived experiences of Black women around issues of reproductive and sexual health. The framework is grounded in Black feminist theory and human rights. Central to reproductive justice theory is the universal human right to dignity, self-determination, and autonomy. Reproductive justice centers the people whose liberty has been violated and whose social and economic well-being has been deliberately ignored. Reproductive justice seeks to liberate and emancipate vulnerable populations from all forms of reproductive and sexual oppression and challenges us to expand our analysis beyond abortion to be inclusive of the myriad other issues precluding women, teens and individuals from achieving reproductive and sexual autonomy.
Dr. Nubian Omisayade Sun
Nikia Grayson, DNP, MPH,
James Gilmore, MS, M. DiV