NYWF in the Know – August, 30 2015

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Home Healthcare Workers Now Qualify For Basic Protections Under Fair Labor Standards Act
One of the broader strategies towards increasing the economic security of women and families is improving the wages and quality of working conditions in jobs where women are highly concentrated, including jobs in the fast food industry and domestic work. These efforts include increasing the minimum wage, increasing protections and resources regarding wage theft and overtime pay, and expanding paid sick and family leave. Click here to read more.
Meet the GynePunks Pushing the Boundaries of DIY Gynecology
Access to reproductive health care is key to the wellbeing of women around the world. But for countless underserved groups – sex workers, immigrants, LGBTQ, and the uninsured, to name a few – access often doesn’t exist. A collective of radical bio-hackers and TransHackFeminists are out to reclaim gynecological medicine for these women, and for themselves. Under the name GynePunks, they’re assembling an arsenal of open-source tools for DIY diagnosis and first-aid care – centrifuges made from old hard drive motors; microscopes from deconstructed webcams; homemade incubators; and 3D printable speculums.
Japan’s Womenomics
The island nation is pinning its hopes on women to save its flagging economy.
“Everything is Not Fine.” Inside a New Funding Push on Girls and Young Women of Color
Over recent years, a number of initiatives have emerged to support boys and young men of color, with some two dozen foundations involved. But there have been few new efforts aimed at improving the lives of girls and young women of color. Key stakeholders in Grantmakers for Girls of Color include NoVo, the Foundation for a Just Society, Ms. Foundation for Women, and The New York Women’s Foundation.
Should There Be a Total Overhaul of the State’s Prison System?
The Fishkill Correctional Facility has a new superintendent as of today. Soffiyah Elijah from the Correctional Association joined Time Warner Cable News to discuss the need for a complete overhaul and investigation into the state’s prison system.
‘Baby & Me’ Playgroups for Brownsville Families
Baby & Me is a program in Brownsville sponsored by SCO Family of Services that brings new mothers and their young children together for free playgroups.
De Blasio’s new economic-development czar appoints senior staff
Maria Torres-Springer names three new hires, one of whom comes from the upper echelon of a deputy mayor’s office.
Should Prostitution Be a Crime?
Last week, Amnesty International passed a resolution supporting the decriminalization of sex work, on the grounds that it would be safer for sex workers – a move that many human’s rights groups disagree with and opposed. Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and Gillian Abel, an associate professor and head of the Department of Population Health at the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand, go head to head on the question, “Does legal prostitution better protect women and sex workers?”
New York Relies on Housing Program It Deplores as Homeless Ranks Swell
Mayor Bill de Blasio has not delivered on his pledge to end the city’s use of an emergency form of housing that officials have deemed abhorrent and ineffective.
Mark-Viverito unveils nearly $1 million in funding to curb veteran homelessness
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a $940,000 initiative on Thursday to support veteran homeless prevention, job placement, legal and mental health services.
A Call to Men co-founder Tony Porter speaks to fraternity members, male athletes about healthy manhood
Tony Porter, social justice advocate and co-founder of A CALL TO MEN, spoke to a full room last night at Penn State, about what it means to have a healthy manhood and stepping outside of something he calls the “man box.” Porter will be working with the Center for Women Students (CWS) and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Penn State during his four day visit.
New Yorkers Savor South Asian Diversity at Chatpati Mela in Queens
There’s more to India and South Asia than Bollywood say organizes of the 5th Annual Chatpati Mela, a festival that celebrates the diversity of the countries from where a large group of new immigrants come to live in New York City, particularly Queens, N.Y. Chhaya CDC gave out Community Leadership Awards at the event to notable artists, activists and partners.
Virginia TV Reporter and Photographer Shot During Live Broadcast
Two journalists were shot to death Wednesday morning while broadcasting live from a strip mall in Moneta, Va., near Roanoke, the police said.
BOOM!Health Launches Visioning Project for New Bronx LGBTQ Pride Center
For three years now, The Bronx LGBTQ community has been without a place to call home but now that’s all set to change as BOOM!Health is partnering up with Councilman Ritchie Torres in creating such a new space for Bronxites.
Home Healthcare Workers Haven’t Qualified for Minimum Wage for 80 Years. Now they Do.
The workers caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens are finally receiving the recognition they deserve. After a legal tussle with home healthcare employers, last week, an appeals-court judge struck down a lower-court ruling blocking the reforms, paving the way for extending minimum wage and overtime protections for some of the poorest workers caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
Nepal quake victims at risk of human trafficking
Latest cases are part of bigger problem, with US saying 7,000 women and girls are trafficked to India every year.
Nail Salon Sweeps Continue as Violations Are Found in Queens
Wage and health violations in manicure shops extend beyond New York City; Connecticut and New Jersey authorities have recently taken action.
The Push for a Woman to Run the U.N.
Revamping the selection process for the United Nations secretary general, and appointing a woman, could revitalize the role.

From NYWF:Voices from the Field: Blueprint for Investing in Girls & Young Women Join us on Wednesday, September 30 for a panel discussion on our new Voices from the Field report where our expert panel will discuss the work currently being done to support the well-being of girls and young women across NYC, and what more is needed from philanthropy, community and government. Click here for more information.Again and Again: A Conversation on Ending Sexual Violence Against Women Join us on Tuesday, September 8 for a conversation with Ellen Bravo, long-time feminist activist and author of the new novel, Again and Again; Salamishah Tillet, artist, survivor, scholar and Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home, and Ted Bunch, Co-Founder & Co-Director of A Call to Men. The conversation will be moderated by Debjani Roy, Deputy Director, Hollaback! This is a free event, please click here to register.
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:What Families Need to Get By: Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator Click here to read more.Stepping Up: Strengthening Police, Youth & Community Relationships Click here to read this new report by the Youth Justice Board, a project of the Center for Court Innovation.
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