NYWF In the Know – July 26, 2015

Homelessness in NYC Is at Its Highest Since the Great Depression

This past Thursday, protestors hit the streets calling out for a living wage, construction of new homeless shelters, and space in affordable housing units for shelter residents. The protest was organized to publicize the fact that homelessness in the city has reached its highest point since the Great Depression, with 60,000 New Yorkers, 25,000 of them children, sleeping in homeless shelters every night.

Women in Mexico rally against rampant domestic violence

Dozens of Congresswomen and activists demonstrate in Mexico City, in country where six women are killed every day.

Underground in America: Female Genital Mutilation

500,000+ women and girls are estimated to be affected or at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Former grantee partner, equality Now, is campaigning with activist and survivor Jaha Dukureh to ask the U.S. government to conduct a report on the number of women and children in America affected by FGM, and to come up with a national action plan to end the practice.

Council Speaker Announces Free Attorneys for All Undocumented Migrant Children

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito declared today that an initiative launched last year to guarantee legal representation to all of the undocumented immigrant children inundating the city has been a success – and has already obtained asylum for more than a dozen youth lacking proper paperwork.

Opinion: Stop glamorizing pimp culture

Lauren Hersh, director of Anti-Trafficking Policy and Advocacy at Sanctuary for Families, writes an op-ed on how glamorizing “pimp culture” whitewashes a brutal reality so many girls experience.

Program Gives Adults Second Chance to Graduate High School

School is in session this summer for some adults in the Bronx who are working towards getting into college years after they left high school. NY1’s Erin Clarke talks about Grace Outreach, a program that believes “It’s never too late” to get an education.

Force for Good: Angie Wang on Waging Peace and Forging Hope

Angie Wang, executive director of Peace is Loud, became Chief of Staff for all of Abigail Disney’s initiatives on July 1st, 2015, providing strategic and operational support across multiple efforts. Wang was the Director of Programs at NYWF in 2004.

The Pink Ghetto of Social Media

In news organizations, female leaders outnumber men in only one division. What does that mean for the future of women in the newsroom?

Report: City’s tech gender gap is nation’s largest

Only 38% of New York City tech firms have at least one woman on their board or in a C-suite position, compared with 46% nationwide, according to a survey from Silicon Valley Bank.

 

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:The 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book State Trends in Child Well-Being Annie E. Casey Foundation. Click here to read the report. 

Supporting Survivors The Economic Benefits of Providing Legal Assistance to Survivors of Domestic Violence Institute for Policy Integrity, New York University School of Law. Click here to read the report.

 

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