NYWF In the Know – June 28, 2015

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Building a National Movement of Nail Salon Workers

The Nail Salon Worker’s Campaign addresses issues across a variety of areas including reproductive and environmental justice, and immigrant, labor, and women’s rights. Activists, including NYWF Grantee Partner Adhikaar, have been working to highlight and address the conditions faced by nail salon workers for almost a decade. Click here to read more.

 

Algorithms can help startups push diversity from day one

Tech has a diversity problem – and many justifications for why things are the way they are. Lately, however, a growing number of people are starting to view “the way things are” as unacceptable. Research has shown that decision-making groups with gender and racial diversity outperform more homogenous groups – both in coming up with more creative ideas and in making more money.

Women remain in the shadows because 80% of key global gender data is missing

In 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council set down indicators – some 52 of them – crucial to measuring gender equality in any country. However, a new report has now found that globally we don’t have 80% of the necessary gender data on those indicators.

Prison Born

What becomes of the babies of incarcerated mothers? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates for moms and better outcomes for their kids. The Atlantic reports that prison nursery programs, such as Hour Children Family Services in Mothers of Bedford Hills CF helps to reduce recidivism.

New Momentum on Paid Leave, in Business and Politics

Oregon this month became the fourth state to pass a bill requiring that companies give workers paid sick days to care for themselves or family members.

Bloomberg’s Gun-Control Group Financing Nonprofit Newsroom

Everytown for Gun Safety, a firearms-control organization backed by billionaire philanthropist and former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, is preliminarily funding a journalism Web site focused on gun violence. The nonprofit site, the Trace, went live Friday, two days after nine people were gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

Mayor & Council Announce $78.5B Fiscal 2016 Budget Deal

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced that they had reached a deal on a balanced fiscal year 2016 city budget. Budget highlights include $4.3 million to eliminate waitlists for the Department for the Aging’s homecare program, and $2 million to expand elder abuse prevention.

NYC gives Stonewall Inn landmark status

The Stonewall Inn, a New York City bar widely recognized as the birthplace of the modern U.S. LGBT rights movement, was granted historic landmark status by city officials on Tuesday.

Rape on the Night Shift

Across the country, janitors at companies large and small say their employers have turned a blind eye to complaints of sexual assault, and attacked their credibility when they report abuse at the hands of supervisors or co-workers.

World a less safe place for women’s rights activists, charity says

Despite a global momentum to end violence against women and girls, women’s rights defenders are at higher risk of violence now than two years ago, according to new research.

Millennial Giving & Volunteering Influenced By Peers

Competitions and incentives can motivate Millennial employees in particular and inspire short-term engagement but in the long run, managers must show employees how their donation or volunteer hours make a difference, according to the 2015 Millennial Impact Report released today.

Aging in New York: City Wrestles with Poverty Among Seniors

NYC’s senior population is growing bigger than ever, living longer than ever, and getting poorer. Over 1.4 million New Yorkers are currently age 60 and older; by 2030, that number will rise to over 1.8 million, making seniors twenty percent of city residents.

LGBTQ Service Guides: Connecting New Yorkers ‘To What They Need’

In concurrence with Pride month, the New York City public advocate’s office released – for the first time – a resource guide to mental health services for LGBTQ people living in New York City, called “Tackling Mental Health Services in the LGBT Community.”

Harm Reduction: Lessons Learned From The Aids Crisis

Despite medical authorities’ confident assertions that such programs dramatically cut down on disease transmission, so-called needle exchange programs – which aim to dispose of potentially contaminated syringes by giving drug users new ones – remain illegal in half the states in the U.S.

 

From NYWF: 

NYWF Board & Board Alumnae Appointed to Leadership of Mayor de Blasio’s Commission on Gender Equity Click here to read more!

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!

2015 Celebrating Women Breakfast Highlight Video Click here to watch!

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:

Webinar: Women’s Equality Advances in NY Women in New York are about to gain some significant rights under state law. Just this session, the legislature acted on measures to strengthen equal pay and sexual harassment protections in the workplace, guarantee reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, assist victims of domestic violence filing temporary restraint orders, and combat human trafficking. Join NYWF Grantee Partner, A Better Balance, to learn about these new laws and how they may impact you and your community.

Dignity For All? Discrimination Against Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students in New York State New report from the New York Civil Liberties Union highlighting the harassment, threats and violence faced by transgender and gender nonconforming students in New York State public schools. Click here to read the report.

Pride Month Reading List The National Book Foundation and Lambda Literary are working to ensure the LGBTQ narratives are seen and recognized by all readers. Click here to see the list.

 

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