Ms. Foundation grantees are on the frontlines of the movements for justice and equality, as well the coronavirus pandemic crisis; some examples include:
o BYP100’s current national campaign, She Safe, We Safe, is a transformative movement campaign to put an end to the different forms of gender violence that Black women, girls, femmes and gender non-conforming people face every day. The story collection project of this campaign is in the process of wrapping up and being put together into a report. Take the pledge here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/shesafewesafe.
o California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and Garment Worker Center partnered with other Latinx-led organizations across the state to call on non-Black Latinx Elected Officials to stand for Black lives.
o Garment Worker Center is also partnering with the Model Alliance in NY to bring together two parts of the fashion industry (garment makers and fashion models) to secure rights for workers and exchange strategies on enforceable worker-driven social responsibility agreements (aka brand agreements). They have also been partnering with workers in the dairy industry in VT to share learnings and brand agreement tactics.
o El Pueblo recently launched a statewide mutual aid fund to support women who have been financially impacted by lay-offs, reduction of work hours, domestic violence,and other economic hardships due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
o Trans Sistas of Color Project has been providing emergency support for trans community members through care packages, food deliveries, cash app payments, and mental health support circles.
o In response to the shutdowns of schools and other necessary sources of support for youth in NYC, Girls for Gender Equity immediately created a network of youth service providers to pool resources, strategize, and respond to the needs of NYC girls in this tumultuous time. The network stays connected via a Google Group and weekly webinar convenings.
o Women With a Vision was instrumental in the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down a Louisiana law that placed restrictions on doctors who perform abortions. That law would have left the entire state with just one abortion clinic; please see: What the Supreme Court Decision on Louisiana Law Means for U.S. Abortion Rights.
o National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum has been working on a bill to ensure that immigrants are not left out of healthcare plans or relief efforts in response to COVID-19; please see: Bill for Immigrant Access to Healthcare Amid Covid-19 and rights groups urge inclusion immigrant families in coronavirus relief bill.
o Jessica Sager of All Our Kin shared a recent op-ed in the New York Daily News advocating on behalf of family child care educators who are hard at work providing support and critical child care for many of the city's front line and emergency workers -- while getting very little in the way of resources of information from the city in return.
o Mississippi Women’s Economic Security Initiative Executive Director Cassandra Welchlin wrote this article on how Mississippi is responding to the Coronavirus; please see: Coronavirus is a Gendered Crisis in Mississippi.
The Ms. Foundation for Women recently released a groundbreaking report: Pocket Change: How Women and Girls of Color Do More With Less, A Call to ActionThe report highlights key findings, including that the total of $356 million in philanthropic giving in 2017 only amounts to $5.48 per women or girl of color in the U.S. This accounts for about one half of one percent of the total 66.9 billion given by foundations, according to Giving USA, 2018. Our call to action asks donors to name women and girls of color in their giving, increase funding to them, and track giving.