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Deconstructing Allyship and White Privilege in Birth Work, April 8-9
Deconstructing White Privilege and Allyship in Birth Work
Weekend Intensive April 8-9
Saturday, April 8th 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 9th 10am-2pm
This workshop will cover the following topics:
- Common Ground: Learn shared language, and terms, as building blocks for an anti-racist framework
- Learn to identify key aspects of white privilege within the field of birth work
- Showing Up and Owning Up to Stages of Whiteness: Moving beyond shame and blame toward accountability, responsibility, compassion, and healing
- Individual, Institutional, Systemic: Tools to identify white supremacy within birth work
- Humanizing Birth Activism: The work starts with ourselves. Developing the tools for listening, self-inquiry, decentering, and empathetic activism
- Story Circle: Learning about privilege and race through personal narratives
- From Ally to Accomplice: The work of deconstructing the Ally Industrial Complex
- Equitable relationships through a decolonized lens; moving toward a liberatory approach to reproductive justice
This weekend intensive is geared toward white birth workers (but open to all) who want to learn more about white privilege and steps toward a long term commitment to anti-racism in birth work. Starting with where each individual is with regard to their understanding and comfort level talking about race, we will examine how whiteness plays a role in perpetuating systems that we often purport to support as allies. We will also learn tools to examine and identify how white supremacy shows up systemically and institutionally, both in the US and in international birth work. This workshop is designed to be a safe and judgement-free space for birth workers willing to have uncomfortable conversations, and learn collectively about taking steps toward becoming an anti-racist birth worker.
The workshop is for anyone working in the field of reproductive health.
Proceeds from this workshop will be donated to Village Birth International's Ugandan student midwifery program and mobile midwifery clinic. The goal of our mobile clinic is to increase access to midwifery care and reduce preventable maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in northern Uganda, as well as offer support to the midwives that serve in remote areas.
Scholarships are available. Please contact Aimee Brill at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aimee Brill is a mother, reproductive justice organizer and activist, community-based doula trainer, and is the executive director and founder of Village Birth International. She provides consulting services on allyship for organizations and institutions interested in integrating anti-racist and inclusive models into their framework and partnerships. She has been a birth worker since 2003, you can learn more about VBI's work at: www.villagebirthinternational.org