Our Mission

MISSION

Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a non-profit feminist organization devoted to education about, and advocacy for, women’s health and reproductive justice. We believe all people have a basic human right to health and medical care, to control decisions about our bodies and sexuality, and to have access to evidence-based research informed by our actual experiences.

Using critical lenses that include gender, race, and class, we disseminate an ever-changing body of knowledge through diverse media as part of our public presence and policy voice. We collaborate with a range of community groups and professional organizations that work locally, nationally and globally to eliminate of all forms of discrimination, especially against women and girls. Throughout we strive to promote the social justice ideals of inclusion, diversity, self-determination, and personal autonomy.

VISION

Women around the world, their allies, and health care providers have access to trustworthy, up-to-date health information presented from a feminist perspective, and free from political and corporate influence. OBOS platforms for sharing experiences and advocacy resources will help individuals and communities participate effectively in health policy and health care decisions to promote their human right to health.

CORE VALUES

In pursuit of our mission and vision, OBOS is committed to these core values:

Feminism: All women should have the power to make their own decisions regarding health, reproduction, sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity, free from all forms of discrimination, coercion, and political or socio-cultural pressures that threaten their self-determination.

Human rights: Every person has a human right to the highest attainable standard of health, free from interference, coercion, and discrimination due to age, sex, race/ethnicity, geographic location, class, language, citizenship status, or other factors.  This right includes access to quality health information, education, and services.

Diversity:  The needs and interests of all women across race/ethnicity, age, class, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, and nation must be taken into account through their participation in health policy and health care decisions.

Global focus: The issues threatening women’s health and well-being transcend national borders.

Social justice and equity: It is essential to address the multiple and intersecting injustices — economic, cultural, racial/ethnic, gender-linked, religious, age, environmental, and others — that result in severe disparities in the health and well-being of women, their families, and their communities.

Independence and integrity: Trustworthy information should draw on the best available evidence-based, scientific research that is free from political and corporate influence.

Intergenerational connections: Women at all stages in the life cycle benefit from sharing insights from their personal and feminist movement experiences, and combining their efforts to oppose obstacles to self-determination and access to quality health care.

Respect and fairness: The way in which an organization carries out its work is as important as the work itself. All organizations should be committed to open communication, information exchange, community participation, mutual respect, fairness, and collaborative relationships internally and in all partnerships.