IWES created the Sexual & Reproductive Health and Advocacy Project (SRHAP) to engage marginalized communities, particularly women of color and youth, in activities that promote a transformative sexual and reproductive health and justice movement. Such activities serve to increase access to the social, economic, political, mental, and spiritual resources and opportunities needed to live whole healthy lives, free of control, exploitation and regulation. The SRHAP initiative engages key community representatives and organizations in advocacy efforts that:
- emphasize women’s sexual and reproductive health needs (including comprehensive sexual education)
- enhance the mental health and wellness of women and girls
- empower residents to participate in community rebuilding efforts by advocating on their own behalf
By participating in policy discussions and providing educational trainings to New Orleans residents, SRHAP works to broaden the base of community members equipped with sexual and reproductive health knowledge, advocacy, and activism skills.