Yassmina Macer is a graduate Student at Boston College in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program. This year, with the generous support of Mass NOW, she and her team were able to put on a series of six Reproductive Health Zine Workshops in Greater Boston. Using Zines, self-published magazines, as an effective way to shape feminist pedagogy, they were able to increase awareness about diseases of the reproductive system such as fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and cervical and uterine cancers, all of which affect black women disproportionally. Additionally, they were able to create a space where women could speak freely about these diseases and better understand the social, medical, and cultural implications of these diseases for women of African descent. These workshops continue as a mainstay in the Boston Community.

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