Women and girls are forging the path to justice

Today and every day, we honor the historic leadership of women in social justice movements here in New York. Our leadership, however, is all too often overlooked, made invisible, or credit is given to others, even more so where cisgender (those who identify with the gender assigned at birth) and trans women of color have led the way. That’s why I’m proud to share our latest grants report that includes the visionary work of several grantees fighting for gender justice.

With a new travel ban on majority Muslim countries and a repeal of affordable healthcare that violate the basic rights and humanity of billions, and in the face of escalating hate crimes against women, girls, and communities of color, their work is a testament to the resilience and collective power of the grassroots. Here are some examples of the work that your continued solidarity helps support: 
  • Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition trains young women to inform the health policies that affect them every day;
  • Black Trans Media provides resources and community for Black trans people for whom traditional social services settings can be disempowering and traumatic;
  • S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective builds the leadership of young womenof color who disproportionately face harsher school policies, violence, and incarceration;
  • DRUM, in addition to citywide “hate-free zones,” recently launched a young women’s leadership program and public education campaign against street harassment; and
  • The Women’s Organizing Network fights for structural change and gender justice on the front lines where, despite being a majority, women organizers are often held back from leadership.
Achieving and living our values of gender and reproductive justice must remain our top priority in the fight social change. North Star Fund is committed to moving resources to build the power and leadership of cis- and transgender women and girls of color through organizing, which in turn builds the power of entire communities. We invite you to join us.
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