Sexual Reproductive Justice (SRJ) is an ever evolving term and is often defined individually by those who are championing the cause.
“When all people have the power and resources to make decisions about their bodies, sexuality and reproduction… “
Historically..... The term “Reproductive Justice” was developed and nationally debuted in November 2003 by SisiterSong to articulate the needs of communities of color that face multiple forms of sexual and reproductive oppression.
Since then the term has evolved and been expanded to a full framework. Based on the importance of promoting self-help, SRJ aimed to address the need for an intersectional analysis as defined by the human rights framework, one that is inclusive and applicable to all.
The efforts and forward thinking of SisterSong have elevated the consciousness across the reproductive rights movement, to include activists, funders, researchers, academics, and advocates.
By doing this, the SRJ movement has raised the level of equitable conversations around sexuality on a policy level, which has helped inspire dialogue about intersectionality---the intersections of the many influences on lives of individuals. SRJ does not only encompass how individuals define, accept and celebrate their sexuality, but also connects to how they receive sexual health services and access to education around reproductive health.