SARAH VERBIEST

Looking Forward , Sarah Verbiest, founder of Every Woman Southeast, reflects on the new year and what it holds.

This seismic election has left our natiaudre-lordeon on a spectrum of emotions ranging from anger to jubilation and everywhere in-between. No matter where you might personally fall on the spectrum, let us continue to do the work that this coalition has set out to do together because you matter and the work you do matters!

 

Working with our partners at the local and regional level matters!

The relationships that you have in your community matters!

Advocating for women’s health matters!

Improving women and men’s capacity to plan childbearing and improve preconception and interconception health matters!

Closing the black/white gap in infant and maternal mortality matters!

Addressing social determinants of health through programs and policy matters!

No matter how this election has left you feeling, let us use those emotions to help us reflect, re-organize, and reaffirm our commitment to creating meaningful change for women in the southeast.  For those who are angry, be angry, but resist the urge to be bitter. Use your anger. Catalyze it for you, your organization, and those on whose behalf you work. In the words of Dr. King, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Politics are personal, and the work we do together is personal and critical for the communities we serve. Let us continue to do the good work that we have started together with hope.

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