December 16, 2014 — A coalition of Latina and reproductive health organizations has launched the Yo Soy campaign, which is aimed at creating a dialogue on sexual and reproductive health issues within the Latina community, the Latin Post reports.
Details of Campaign
According to the Post, the campaign is a collaboration between Advocates for Youth, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, the Hispanic Federation, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Voto Latino.
The campaign will include activist training sessions, cafecitos (coffee meetings), town hall meetings, online resources and social media efforts to prepare Latinas with information about reproductive health care decisions and how to discuss such issues with their families and communities. The campaign also asks supporters to sign a pledge indicating their intent to "break the silence" around reproductive health by discussing "sexual education, birth control, abortion and young parents."
Jessica Reeves, vice president of partnerships for Voto Latino, said, "When Latinas are aware of their sexual and reproductive health options, it increases their awareness about accessibility and helps them take ownership, like getting affordable insurance coverage or looking for ways to get it." She noted that around one-third of Latinas currently do not have health insurance, which can "driv[e] contraceptive costs up" and discourage contraceptive use.
CLRJ Executive Director Laura Jimenez said in a statement, "We have the power to break through the silence and shame about our bodies, our sexuality and our health. When we do, we help generations of Latinos not only ourselves, but our hermanas, hijas, nieces; our fathers, tios and abuelos" (Akoukou Thompson, Latin Post, 12/14).