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Part of Philanthropy New York’s “Spotlight on Diversity” Series.
Across the United States, girls and young women of color face barriers in completing school, finding employment, and living free from state and interpersonal violence related to ongoing racial and gender discrimination. However, their voices and specific assets and needs are frequently absent from discussions of racial and gender equity in the philanthropic sphere.
If we listened to girls and young women of color, what would they tell us? To find out, African American Policy Forum (AAPF), in partnership with local organizations, is hosting town hall hearings in cities throughout the country allowing community leaders to hear directly from girls and young women. Over the past 6 months, girls and young women of color have testified on their experiences of school discipline, foster care, incarceration, state-sanctioned violence, domestic and sexual violence, trafficking, and media coverage in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, and most recently New York City. In NYC, AAPF, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia University School of Law, and Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) partnered to organize the largest town hall hearing with girls of color in NYC, elevating the local and national opportunities to intervene directly and systemically to improve the lives of girls and women of color.
Learning from listening sessions with girls and young women of color.
Implications for philanthropies working to advance an inclusive racial and gender justice agenda.
LaShawn Jefferson, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, NoVo Foundation
Joanne Smith, Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity
Alvin Starks, (Moderator) Director, Strategic Initiatives, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Andrea Lynch, Program Officer, Foundation for A Just Society