Despite significant progress, structural inequality based on gender, race, class, disability, and ethnicity persists around the world. And it is compounded and complicated by today’s challenges: Violence against women and girls—rooted in patriarchy, and including laws, policies, and cultural norms aimed at curtailing rights—inflicts deep and lasting physical, psychological, and economic damage. People of color are disproportionately policed and incarcerated. Immigrants and LGBT people are targeted simply because of who they are.
But today’s challenging realities have helped fuel vibrant new leaders and movements that are engaging in innovative advocacy and forging unexpected alliances. In the Global South, in particular, there are powerful efforts underway to reframe narratives to represent the lived realities of women and girls in communities throughout the world. Our work is to support courageous people and organizations in their efforts to harness this collective energy for political and social change that is humane, and lasting.
This means recognizing that race, gender, class, disability, and ethnic identity are deeply connected—often inextricably so—and making sure that efforts to address them are rooted in this understanding. It’s an understanding that informs our commitment to shifting repressive power dynamics, and to strengthening the rights and influence of those who are most affected by violence and suppression in the US and in the Global South.
Our grant making aims to strengthen government responsiveness and shift cultural norms to empower women and girls, and to counter the appalling violence that is too often a feature of their lives.
We focus on reducing mass incarceration, challenging the attack on women’s fundamental rights, and confronting the demonization of immigrants.