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The Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Social and Economic Justice (SRBWI) promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers experienced by southern rural black women.

Mission Statement

The mission of Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative for Economic and Social Justice is to:
Nourish the internal capacity of women to take responsibility for their own lives, personally and externally;
Engage women in advocacy and policy initiatives that redirect local, state and federal resources to help ensure women’s full participation and access to economic and social justice;
Develop an asset based economic development strategy that invests in women and communities for a long term strategy of lifting women out of poverty;
Build organizational capacity within the region to sustain this work; and
Connect with women’s groups committed to human rights, and economic and social justice.

Young Women's Leadership

Creating young women leaders through programs like the Unita Blackwell Leadership Institute.

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Women in Agriculture

Lifting women from poverty through a coop that accesses land and builds a business around food.

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Southern Journeys

Worker-owned companies to build economic development.

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Commissions on Human Rights

Local black female community leaders making grassroots strides in public policy and human rights.

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