In 1994, sexual and reproductive health was recognised by the UN and WHO as a human right. Sexual health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. To reach such a state, it is crucial to acknowledge the multiple factors and intersections in people’s lives that hinder them to control their fertility, have autonomy over their bodies and experience pleasure. These factors include race, migration, sexual orientation, social class, etc.
People with female reproductive systems have always been understudied group in modern medicine. If you add those with disability, people of colour, rural, non-US American, etc. the available knowledge and research shrinks drastically.
It is in our power, the people who are underrepresented in reproductive health research, to change this reality. We can express our voices and experiences, by sharing our stories and our truths. For that reason, we created ‘The Storytelling Postcard’, so that we can listen and grow TOGETHER!
"Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanise. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity " -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-