NYWF In the Know – August 9, 2015

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Women’s Entrepreneurship: Challenges & Opportunities
Entrepreneurship is a path that can provide great economic potential for women, and it is also a critical point of growth for local economies, but it remains a privilege as there are still many barriers that hinder women’s abilities to successfully pursue this venture. Despite much growth, particularly for African American women business owners who have grown 322% since 1977, making them the fast growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S., women remain only half as likely as men to start a business. Click here to read more.
De Blasio to announce a focus on homeless with mental health issues

Homeless people who exhibit violence behavior and may have mental health issues will receive new intensive treatment and attention from the city as part of a major initiative to curb homelessness and improve services for the mentally ill that Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to announce Thursday.

The Disruptors

A shift has occurred in the year since Michael Brown’s death sparked unrest in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, 2014. National conversations have arisen around issues affecting the black community in America: police brutality, economic injustice, racial inequality. Names that might have made little more than local headlines have become national stories: Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, and Sandra Bland. It didn’t happen on its own. A grass-roots network of activists and allies is mobilizing through social media to shine a national spotlight on the struggles that come with being black in America.

Obama Drafts Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

Stymied by Republicans in Congress, President Obama has drafted an executive order to force any company that contracts with the federal government to issue paid leave to employees who are sick, are seeking medical attention or need to care for a sick relative.

Making Life Harder for Pimps

Credit card companies have upended the business model of sex traffickers by eliminating a way they pay for advertising.

EXCLUSIVE: Could this program stem surging violence at Rikers Island?

The Observer takes an exclusive first look inside the Next Steps program, new classes offered to adult inmates at scandal-scarred Rikers Island. STRIVE, the City University of New York, the Public Library, and the Department of Correction launched a multi-pronged program dubbed the Next Steps program. The classes are part education, part cognitive behavioral therapy and are one of the 14-points in a plan to reduce violence.

Netflix Offers Expanded Maternity and Paternity Leave

Netflix announced on Tuesday that it was starting an unlimited leave policy for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the birth or adoption of a child.

Sharp rise in women, children casualties in Afghan war, UN says

The United Nations said in a report on Wednesday that an increasing number of women and children were getting hurt or killed in Afghanistan’s war against the Taliban and other anti-government fighters.

Bodegas Declining in Manhattan as Rents Rise and Chains Grow

Despite profitability of bodegas, stores are being squeezed out of the neighborhoods they call home. About 75 have closed this year, mostly in Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights, according to Ramon Murphy, president of the Bodega Association of the United States.

Wal-Mart, Amazon Pull Toy Guns from New York Shelves

Five U.S. retailers have agreed to keep realistic-looking toy guns off their shelves in New York State. But they also will pay more than $300,000 in fines for previously selling thousands of fake firearms illegally.

Teen Girls and the Persistence of Gender Stereotypes

A new study reveals that adolescents – male and female – still largely prefer men in leadership positions.

Whose Culture Is It, Anyhow?

When white artists have been highly celebrated for performing musical styles that originate in black communities, it has been criticized as cultural appropriation. Other groups, too, feel they have been culturally exploited. What’s the line between appreciative imitation and exploitation? Do critics ignore the benefits of cultural sharing?

Beyond Brothels: Farms and Fisheries Are Frontier of Human Trafficking

When the U.S. State Department released its annual human trafficking report on Monday, it told distressingly familiar tales of forced sex work and housekeepers kept against their will. But this year, one area got special attention: Slavery in the global supply chains of agriculture, fishing and aquaculture.

‘Giving Circles’ plant seeds of philanthropy in Asian American communities

Giving circles are on the rise and more than 4 dozen giving circles in California and across the U.S. have distributed $2.2 million to more than 400 groups in the last six years.

From NYWF:RADIANCE is a striking photo book celebrating 46 grantee partners of The New York Women’s Foundation– some of the most powerful and daring activist, visionaries and community leaders transforming and illuminating New York City. Click here for more information and to purchase your copy today!

Save the Date: Neighborhood Dinner in Staten Island Join us on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 as we celebrate outstanding community leaders in Staten Island! Click here for more information.

From the Field:Bronx Salsa Fest 2015 Two days of Salsa at the Bronx Heritage Music Center– August 14 and 15. Click here for more information.

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Integrating Economic and Reproductive Justice | Click here to read this new report from the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.

Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South | Click here to read this new report from the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative

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