Defending women's safety and addressing gender-based violence has been a priority of the Ms. Foundation for Women since its founding. In the 1970s, we were one of the first funders of domestic violence shelters and sexual-assault hotlines. We support organizations that work to end all forms of gender-based violence, especially towards women and girls of color.
Historically and now in the context of COVID-19, women and girls of color the U.S. experience high rates of interpersonal and institutional violence and sexual violence. The spaces where WGOC experience violence include in homes with families, at school, on college campuses, at work, and in jails and prisons. Indigenous and Black transgender women also experience even higher rates of sexual assault and murder. We focus on reducing sexual assault, violence, and criminalization.
We support groups that work to: Disrupt the racial and gender frameworks that fail to include gender non-conforming cis- and transgender women, and other women who tend to be marginalized by their social and economic status. Build social power for WGOC to promote human rights. Dismantle systems that harm WGOC with a specific focus on sexual assault and violence and criminalization. Propose holistic policies and systemic solutions aimed at respecting and protecting human rights.
Amplify the collective voice and power of WGOC to influence public policy, discourse, and understanding from a feminist perspective; Increase funding going specifically to WGOC, and in particular groups with an authentic trans- inclusive understanding of race and gender; Support policy platforms and advocacy campaigns that combat violence and discrimination, and increase safety for WGOC;