Latina Week of Action for RJ 2014: Young Parents & Sex Ed

Latina Week of Action for RJ 2014: Young Parents & Sex Ed

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

This week we join our herman@s from California Latinas for Reproductive Justice (CLRJ) and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) to host the 5th Annual Latina Week of Action for Reproductive Justicea week of events, activism, and conversations dedicated to securing reproductive justice for the nation’s 26 million Latinas, our families, and our communities. This year we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the reproductive justice framework and movement, and our theme highlights the urgency of our communities’ struggles: ¡RJ AHORA! A Revolution 20 Years in the Making.
 
Each day this week will have a different theme, which will highlight an essential piece of reproductive health and justice affecting our communities. Today's theme is Young Parents and Sex Ed, which lifts the voices of young parents and highlights the need for comprensive sex education for all. 
 
Below poderos@ young moms share their stories and experiences with us:
  • Francheska discusses her experience as a young mother of color seeking medical help for her son. Despite her unwavering love and commitment, she was judged and questioned about her ability to mother by medical professionals during her son's health emergency. 
     
  • Jessica talks about the stigma that she and many other young moms face while attending school. Lack of education and empathy often marginalize young parents, who should be respected and supported. 
     
  • Dashira Pomales-Rivera wrote about her experience attending an alternative school for pregnant and parenting young people to finish high school. 
     
  • Alexandra (en Español) shares her story of being seperated from her family due to immigration. She overcame the feelings of sadness and isolation to become a poderosa mother to her son. 
     
  • Javi Infante wrote about mothering through depression and undocumented immigration status. She started organizing in support of the DREAM Act and eventually founded the San Fernando Valley DREAM Team.
We believe it's important to change the discourse surrounding young parenthood and the policies meant to address the issues young parents face. 
More specifically, the current discourse surrounding young parenthood is both stigmatizing and insensitive, and presents young parenthood as a problem in itself as opposed to the real problems that often surround it, such as poverty and lack of access to timely and high-quality healthcare services and educational opportunities. That's why we work with fierce allies across the country during WOA and all year long to change the national discourse surrounding pregnant and parenting youth in order to eliminate stigma and shame and show that young parents, like all parents, deserve good health, dignity, support, and respect.