Recently, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) kicked off its Power Up Conference, a convening of more than 100 advocates from across the nation to help fuel the reproductive justice movement for Asian-American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls. Advocates will share tools and resources steeped in decades of grassroots organizing and policy advocacy and hear from speakers such as Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran.
“In the wake of ongoing detrimental and inhumane policies that disproportionately impact women of color, NAPAWF’s Power Up Conference is centered around building power and strategizing to add fire to a vibrant reproductive justice movement,” says NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow.
To culminate the conference on September 24, NAPAWF partnered with two other organizations to champion an intersectional framework that addresses their lived experiences. In the Intersections of Our Lives collaborative, NAPAWF, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) led an advocacy day on Capitol Hill. Participants advocated for legislation that increases abortion access and immigrants’ access to health care coverage.
“We’re here in Washington to build our movement and show that AAPI women and girls matter -- in our reproductive rights and health, immigrant rights, and economic justice,” says NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow. “Now is the time for those in power to stop ignoring the needs of AAPI women and girls everywhere.”
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The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only multi-issue, progressive, community organizing and policy advocacy organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls in the U.S. NAPAWF’s mission is to build collective power so that all AAPI women and girls can have full agency over our lives, our families, and our communities.