Are you interested in advocating for reproductive health and rights for all people, with hundreds of other equally passionate activists?
We know that access to family planning empowers women and people around the world, enabling them to plan their ideal family size while helping create healthier families and a healthier planet. Join us this spring in Washington D.C. to advocate for reproductive health and rights around the globe!
Each year, advocates from around the country (and across the world!) gather for four days in Washington, D.C. to stand up for global reproductive health and rights. Through a weekend of hands-on advocacy training and informational workshops, participants learn how to:
- Understand the connections between women’s empowerment, population, and the environment
- Advocate for reproductive healthcare for all
- Urge their elected officials to support an investment in global reproductive health and family planning
- Stay engaged in reproductive rights advocacy, locally, year round
This year’s event will take place March 16th – 19th, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. Registration is free, and students enrolled in an accredited academic program are eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover all travel and lodging costs for the weekend.
It’s up to all of us to ensure that the U.S. stands up for reproductive health access for every person, around the world. Register today!
CHD 2017 Photos
CHD 2017 Media Coverage
Shoe-leather lobbying: Students in D.C. learn how to press an issue — Cronkite News, Arizona PBS
#Fight4Her continues efforts for Global HER Act in nation’s capital — The New Hampshire
Past Participant Profiles
Each year, hundreds of reproductive rights and justice activists, both new and seasoned, join us for Capitol Hill Days. They are passionate about promoting women’s rights around the world and eager for the tools to work for effective change at the grassroots level. We’re inspired by their knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm each year. Below are profiles of just a few of this year’s attendees.
Sydney Rasch is a law student at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This was her second Capitol Hill Days! She attended last year and returned this year as an experienced activist.
Sydney used this year’s conference to focus on delving deeper into the issue and worked on developing new ways to convey communicate even more effectively with her representatives. She describes her passion for reproductive justice as, “the right to have children, the right to not have children, and the right to parent those children in safe and healthy environments.” She sees reproductive justice as a key component in achieving equality, pointing out that “women will never be equal without reproductive justice.”
Before attending Capitol Hill Days, Sydney did not have any experience with international reproductive healthcare or lobbying. However, after attending, she felt inspired to take action. She became involved locally, and lobbied with her local Planned Parenthood, marched in the Women’s March, and became involved with the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice. An avid photographer, she helps the groups she works with convey a more effective visual presence on social media.
On campus, Sydney is the president of the Arkansas Association of Women Lawyers, the founder, former president and current treasurer of the Lambda Legal Society, a LGBT group on campus, as well as the treasurer of the Bowen If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice.
Alejandra Aguilar is a freshman social policy and women and gender studies major at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. She is a member of Lafayette’s Planned Parenthood, a group which spreads awareness for reproductive rights. With the group, she helps organize workshops that give students the tools to better understand consent.
Alejandra first heard about Capitol Hill Days when she attended a #Fight4HER event on campus. She believes that reproductive rights as essential, and although she had never lobbied before, she was more than willing to learn.
At Capitol Hill Days, Alejandra had the opportunity to learn how to talk to her elected officials about the issues that matter to her. She said that the training sessions taught her how to convey her passion for these issues in a professional and persuasive away, something important for communicating with her representatives.
Alejandra entered college as a psychology major, but said her experience at Capitol Hill Days has made her reconsider her choice in study. “I care about social justice because as a minority I have always believed that it’s important to make sure my voice is heard and that I could tell my story,” she explains. “If you don’t use your voice others will try to tell your story for you. Individuals and their experiences are important, so we must make sure that people have the ability to be heard. We are all connected and as humans we have the obligation to help one another.”