February’s Featured #Fight4HER Activists

Our #Fight4HER activists are fiercely committed to ending Trump’s Global Gag Rule. This month, we’re featuring three of our dedicated activists: Hannah Bird, Kendra Rivera, and Hadar Re’em

Hannah Bird
she/her pronouns
Columbus, OH

Tell us about yourself!

I was born in DC and grew up in Cincinnati, but right now I’m a first year at The Ohio State University and am very excited to be majoring in Public Affairs! I really love singing and during high school I really liked volunteering at my old elementary school and working in classrooms—I even got my Girl Scout Gold Award by creating an elementary school book club.

Why do you #Fight4HER?

I #Fight4HER because every person should have full bodily autonomy in every decision. Reproductive rights are a huge part of that and really are a human right.

What has been your favorite part about working on the #Fight4HER Campaign?

Every person I have encountered has had so much passion for this organization and they inspire me every day! They are some of the most compassionate, determined, and forward thinking people that I’ve been lucky enough to know.

If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to try something new! Activism can seem scary at first but can create such a huge impact. Just like all else in life, things get better and easier with practice over time. People have different strengths and enjoy different aspects of activism.

What other issues do you care about?

I’m very passionate about accessible education and all of the issues that it can solve. Education fights ignorance and bias by helping people better understand the world and its many contexts. It can also help people become independent and take control over their lives.


Kendra Rivera-Molina
she/her pronouns
Sacramento, CA

Tell us about yourself!

I’ve been walking with Christ for 21 years and don’t plan to stop. My mindset focuses on grace and that pushes me to defend human rights.

Why do you #Fight4HER?

Although our identities may be different, in the end we are all humans that need medical assistance. There are health care providers who dedicate their lives to reproductive health, but even when people have access to these providers, our NGOs limit who they can help and educate.

What has been your favorite part about working on the #Fight4HER Campaign?

This campaign has been like a family, gathering folks and bringing them together to defend the same thing—foreign medical assistance. We all agree that it’s a right no matter where in the world you live.

If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

A question that I find motivating is, “If we are all human beings, why do we have to choose who to help based on where we were born?” As a Christian, many have questioned my actions in advocating to repeal the Global Gag Rule. It’s a very sensitive topic for many spiritual or religious individuals. They believe we are killing a life and that’s really all they hear when you explaining the Global HER Act. Yet, what they don’t realize is that the U.S. is controlling the fates of others who aren’t even from the same country or circumstances as them. What people need to understand is unsafe abortions lead to deaths. So then I ask, “Whose life are we really saving in this equation?”

What other issues do you care about?

I care about justice and human needs everywhere. That could mean food, shelter, sex education, mental health—the list just goes on because every human is different. If we are all human, why do we need to choose who to help? The U.S. is one of the world’s richest countries, do we not have enough to spare and help those in need?


Hadar Re’em
she/her pronouns
Allentown, PA

Tell us about yourself!

In my free time, I enjoy cooking and spending time outdoors. I’m constantly challenging myself in different ways, but I think it’s equally important to take time to engage in activities that are restorative.

Why do you #Fight4HER?

I #Fight4HER because I believe that all individuals on our planet deserve the basic human right of affordable, high quality, comprehensive healthcare.

What has been your favorite part about working on the #Fight4HER Campaign?

My favorite part about working on this campaign has been getting a sense of the varied backgrounds people bring to the campaign and the different ways that people show their support for this issue. I first became involved in the campaign because, as a public health student, I was moved by the tremendously far-reaching global health impacts of the current iteration of the Global Gag Rule as well as the implications of the Global HER Act. When policy-makers talk about funding as it relates to reproductive rights, people don’t necessarily think about how that funding is tied to resources like mosquito nets, nutrition services, or cancer screenings, and consequently how many lives are negatively impacted by the loss of these services. As such, I feel as though it is my duty to educate others about this aspect of policies like the Global Gag Rule.

If you had one piece of advice for new activists, what would it be?

You can always learn more about a topic, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up on taking action because “you don’t know enough.” If an individual is lucky enough to have the agency to speak their mind—which unfortunately not everyone does—that individual must make their voice heard.

What other issues do you care about?

Mindfulness and well-being through living life with intention. It’s so easy to get swept up in the rush of the news, politics, and social media, but it gets easier to be present when you ground yourself in your passions and surround yourself with supportive individuals who lift you up.


Thank you, Hannah, Kendra, and Hadar, for all you do in the fight for global reproductive freedom!


 

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