Reproductive Justice (RJ) is a concept that links reproductive health with social justice. It acknowledges that reproductive health is connected to and affected by conditions such as socioeconomic status, age, race, sexuality, gender, ability, and citizenship status. We believe that people cannot have full control over their reproductive lives unless issues such as socioeconomic disadvantage, racial discrimination, inequities of wealth and power, and differential access to resources and services are addressed.
Reproductive Justice Now! works to link individuals to their communities through discussions, advocacy and proactive action related to a full spectrum of reproductive options. RJ Now! argues for certain enabling conditions to be made available so that folks are able to make reproductive decisions free of constraint or coercion. These conditions include factors such as access to reliable transportation, health services, education, childcare, and access to positions of power; adequate housing and income; elimination of health hazardous environments; comprehensive, accurate, and accessible sexual and reproductive health information and education; and freedom from violence and discrimination.
RJ Now! recognizes abortion as an absolutely necessary medical service for all individuals with the reproductive capacity to become pregnant and to carry a fetus to term. We believe this because when abortion is made inaccessible or criminalized, the number of abortions performed does not decrease; rather, the number of people who die as a result of accessing unsafe “backroom” abortions increases.
RJ Now! recognizes that individuals may identify across a broad spectrum of genders and sexualities; and that services, resources, and information must be made available to all people regardless of these differences.
RJ Now! acknowledges the narrowness of the pro-choice discourse, which has traditionally focused on abortion rights, as problematic. This narrow concept of “choice” does not take into account the historical struggle or experiences of racialized and Indigenous women who have been denied the right and choice to become pregnant, to have, and to parent their own children. Therefore, we believe that it is equally important to fight for the right to have a child, the right not to have a child, the right to parent the children that one already has, and the right to control one’s birthing options.[/acc_item] [acc_item title=”Childcare: Can’t be Students without It”]
There is a serious lack of childcare on our campus. This is a problem because there are many student-parents at the University of Ottawa and it can be difficult for them to pursue their studies without affordable barrier-free childcare.
Students who are parents not only face skyrocketing tuition fees and record high student debt, but they also must deal with the high cost and lack of options in public child care. This situation is made worse by the fact that provincial child care subsidies and other forms of support are denied to many student-parents, especially those who study part-time, or those who work while they study.
Our goal is to get affordable and accessible student run childcare for students at the University of Ottawa, and to raise awareness about the barriers that student-parents face in accessing education.
Consent is Sexy is an ongoing Ottawa-wide solidarity campaign that fosters consent in all our relationships. We are for students, by students.Our efforts are feminist, queer-friendly, anti-oppressive, gender-inclusive, and sex-positive.
Our goal is to end gender-based violence by challenging myths and stereotypes, on our campuses and in our communities.
Our approach includes engaging events, relatable and relevant resources, and activities and actions that challenge rape culture, promote sex positivity, and provide tangible tools for fostering consent. We also work to provide support and empowerment for survivors of violence.