Our Partners in Minnesota
We've worked with the following partners in this state to expand access to reproductive health care.
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance Minnesota
NIRH is supporting Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, and Whole Woman’s Health of the Twin Cities’ new clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota, as they engage in multiple strategies to keep patients and providers safe, create a culture of respect and support for abortion access, and fight abortion stigma in the state. The collaboration between NIRH and WWHA will include pursuing policy change and efforts to build a sustainable community to support abortion access in Bloomington.
While support for abortion access is high among Minnesotans, most are unaware of the many legal, financial, and logistical barriers that exist in the state. NIRH is partnering with Gender Justice, a legal and policy advocacy organization dedicated to advancing gender equity through the law, to conduct a series of trainings with local policymakers and community leaders in cities that are home to abortion clinics: Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. The goal of these trainings is to identify community-based solutions that will increase access to abortion and work with local leaders to move them forward. This project involves collaboration with All* Above All.
The Beautywell Project
In 2019, NIRH partnered with The Beautywell Project to launch the Young Women’s Leadership Initiative (YWLI), which is preparing a cohort of young Muslim women from Somali communities to become local advocates in the Twin Cities. With support from NIRH, the cohort had the opportunity to learn about their own reproductive health and well-being and to advocate for their community members on issues that matter to them. In 2020, NIRH is supporting The Beautywell Project as they expand the YWLI to different Somali-majority neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, with a specific focus on environmental justice and sexual and reproductive health and well-being. The participants are also learning how to best use social media as an advocacy tool for their communities.