This article is cross-posted from and in partnership with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and is published as part of a series on cervical cancer.
See all our coverage of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2012 here.
Maybe it’s because I’m into getting things done for the New Year, but I really dig lists. Here is my list of things I believe it will take to end cervical cancer.
- Comprehensive Sexuality Education (which must include an analysis and centering of race, ethnicity, class, relationship and immigration status, disability, citizenship, and not just a gender binary and sexual orientation),
- Collective commitment to valuing the bodies of people of Color,
- Collective commitment to valuing the bodies of transgender and intersex people,
- Recognize and change the way we police the bodies of women, people of Color and immigrants when it comes to cervical cancer,
- Include all men in conversations, education, and efforts around cervical cancer,
- Include youth in preparing and implementing educational efforts around HPV and cervical cancer,
- Honest dialogues and inclusion of people who have non-traditional and controversial perspectives (i.e. anti-vaccination, conspiracy theories)
- Understanding and disseminating of information on non-verbal communication and its connections to cervical cancer,
- Challenging ideologies that all forms of cervical cancer are transmitted only through sexual contact,
- Connect with all reproductive cancer survivors, communities, prevention and education spaces to build,
- Demystify the shame that comes with our reproductive organs and genitals,
- Trust all parents (especially young parents) to do what is best for their children versus forcing, coercing, and threatening them (to get their child vaccinated),
- Support grassroots efforts to educate, support, and provide care to communities that are under-resourced,
- Connecting same gender and same sex relationships to cervical cancer prevention efforts,
- Make clear and honest connections between HPV, oral sex, and throat cancer,
- Join, support, or host a Walk for Cervical Cancer in your area (find out how here),
- Provide support to caregivers of those living with cervical cancer,
- Center the testimonios of cervical cancer survivors,
- Honor the memories of those who have died of cervical cancer,
- Recognize that cervical cancer is preventable!