MotherWoman Core Principles

Inclusivity is a authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power. (OpenSource Leadership Strategies Some Working Definitions)

Cultural Humility is the “ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the person” ( Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Owen, J., Worthington Jr., E. L., & Utsey, S. O. 2013). The four basic tenets of cultural humility are: (a) A lifelong process of critical self-reflection and self-critique; (b) Redressing the power imbalances in the patient-provider dynamic; (c) Developing mutually beneficial partnerships with communities on behalf of individuals and defined populations and (d) Advocating for and maintaining institutional accountability (Tervalon, M., & Murray-Garcia, J. 1998).

Equity means just and fair inclusion.  An equitable society is one in which all can participate and prospect.  The goal of equity must be to create conditions that allow all to reach their full potential. *

Social Justice a broad term for action intended to create genuine equality, fairness and respect among people.*

Reproductive Justice Is a positive approach that links sexuality, health, and human rights to social justice movements by placing abortion and reproductive health issues in the larger context of the well-being and health of women, families and communities because reproductive justice seamlessly integrates those individual and group human rights particularly important to marginalized communities. Is based on the understanding that the impacts of race, class, gender and sexual identity oppressions are not additive but integrative, producing this paradigm of intersectionality. For each individual and each community, the effects will be different, but they share some of the basic characteristics of intersectionality – universality, simultaneity and interdependence (Understanding Reproductive Justice, Loretta Ross, Updated March 2011).



* Adapted from National Conference for Community and Justice, Oregon State University, Arizona State University – Intergroup Relations Center and the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Tervalon, M., & Murray-Garcia, J. (1998). Cultural humility versus cultural competence: A critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Undeserved, 9, 117-125).

Understanding Reproductive Justice, Loretta Ross, National Coordinator ©SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. November 2006 [Updated March 2011]

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