Local non-profit helps women with trauma recovery
Apr09

Local non-profit helps women with trauma recovery

On the Top 20 list of most vulnerable cities for sex trafficking, St. Louis comes in eighteenth. For anyone who hasn’t experienced sex trafficking, that number might seem foreign or incomprehensible. But for many women in St. Louis, it’s a dark reality. One that a local non-profit, Bravely, works to counteract. Women who have experienced both sexual exploitation and narcotic or alcohol abuse can apply to live in the Bravely house for...

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Project Ark brings themes of empowerment to HIV education
Mar17

Project Ark brings themes of empowerment to HIV education

Looking as fashionable as Carrie Bradshaw herself, Sarah Hudson did her best to rouse the attendees of the second annual Sex and the City Women’s Empowerment Event. The event, sponsored by Project Ark, was held on March 9th at the Youth & Family Center on Cass Ave in honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, which falls on March 10th every year. The group in attendance was on the small side – between 20 and...

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Study finds ‘period poverty’ affecting low-income women
Feb27

Study finds ‘period poverty’ affecting low-income women

People of low-income backgrounds experience hardship when it comes to food, shelter, and other basic necessities. But there’s one area that plagues specifically low-income women that might not be obvious to the passive observer: tampons. In a recent study by Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, a survey of 183 low-income women in St. Louis revealed that 2/3rds of these women had difficulty affording or accessing menstrual products in 2018. About 21%...

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Artists discuss power of disruptive art
Feb16

Artists discuss power of disruptive art

JEFFVANDERLOU — In honor of Black History Month and HIV/AIDS awareness, the Griot Museum of Black History and Culture hosted a panel discussion with local artists Enrise Williams and De Andrea Nichols. The two artists shared a unique history: both were inspired by their lived experiences to create separate art exhibits using mirrors and caskets. Williams, a health activist and founding member of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS,...

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Collective STL offers health and wellness through yoga
Feb16

Collective STL offers health and wellness through yoga

OLD NORTH — Collective STL enhances the health and wellness in north St. Louis by offering ancient yoga practices. “We see our work as an obligation of service we must pay as a debt we owe to our ancestors,” said Ericka Harris, co-founder of the Collective STL. “The fact is black people are not doing well in St. Louis, and this is unacceptable.” Located in the 1400 block of N. Market, Collective STL was founded in 2017 by four...

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Bill seeks to improve conditions of pregnant inmates
Jan15

Bill seeks to improve conditions of pregnant inmates

DOWNTOWN — A jail cell is never a good place for a woman to be when she’s pregnant. But Sixth Ward Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia is doing what she can to guarantee pregnant inmates will have the maximum chance of delivering healthy babies while in St. Louis jails. Ingrassia introduced a bill at Friday’s Board of Aldermen meeting that would require the city provide for the health of pregnant inmates. The bill, which is co-sponsored by...

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