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Addressing Gender-Based Violence

In an op-ed, Dr. Monique Morris discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the inequities that harshly impact girls and gender-expansive young people of color: “Unless we act now to close the disparities these children face in every aspect of their lives, we will deprive them of their rightful opportunity at a long and healthy life.”

Taking lessons learned from the first gathering of the National Workgroup on Safe Housing for American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors of Gender-Based Violence, this report details themes and recommendations for increasing access to safe and affordable housing for American Indian/Alaska Native survivors of gender-based violence.

A new report from the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (TMWF) and Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, From the Roots of Trauma to the Flowering of Trauma-Informed Care, outlines the TMWF’s four-year process of implementing culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed programming.

According to a global United Nations issue brief, violence against women and girls has increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue brief also includes recommendations for governments and civil society organizations to take action and strengthen advocacy to address violence against women and girls.

The Me Too. Movement, in partnership with National Women’s Law Center, Justice for Migrant Women, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Center for American Progress, Girls for Gender Equity, End Sexual Violence, and National Network to End Domestic Violence, launched The Survivor’s Agenda: “a survivor-led initiative to create change and build power for and with survivors.”

Juvenile Justice

Reducing the number of youth confined in juvenile detention facilities isn’t just an important measure to curb the spread of COVID-19 in youth facilities – it is also supported by a large body of research which shows that incarceration doesn’t lower recidivism. The pandemic has created a unique new reason for reducing the numbers of youth in out of home placements, but as Dana Shoenberg writes: “Fortunately, state leaders can address these challenges and navigate this unsettling time by leaning on a deep research base and large menu of tested policy options that can help them safely reduce the number of youth in facilities and heed physical distancing guidelines intended to promote safer communities.” In a new report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides an overview of the deep-end theory of change and how their deep-end initiative is helping jurisdictions safely reduce their juvenile justice populations, which are disproportionately comprised of young people of color.


“COVID-19 presents unprecedented challenges for schools across the country. However, the pandemic also offers an opportunity to focus national attention on the ways in which schools can effectively address trauma.” Emily Fulks and Brandon Stratford write on the importance of implementing trauma-informed practices as schools reopen and evaluating their efforts to address gaps.

new article from Dr. Subini Annamma, Tamara Handy, Amanda Miller and Elizabeth Jackson uses Disability Critical Race Theory to empirically explore the “mechanisms that propel and dispel disciplinary inequities for girls of color.” The article concludes with recommendations for school personnel: “(a) academically, educators must reflect on how ability is distributed and withheld in the classroom along racialized and gendered lines, and (b) behaviorally, positive behavior supports should be imagined and implemented through a race and gender conscious lens.”

In the recent issue brief, Increasing School Connectedness for Girls: Restorative Justice as a Health Equity Resource, Thalia Gonzalez and Rebecca Epstein examine the use of restorative justice practices in k-12 schools across the country and reviews key research on: “education as a critical social determinant of health, exclusionary discipline as a factor for school disconnection and entry into the school-to-prison pipeline, effects of trauma on educational outcomes, gender differences in trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and empirical evidence of school-based restorative justice.”

Generation Hope’s new report on student parent success details the findings of a national survey on the higher education experiences of student parents. Among the findings: more than 60% of student parents missed at least one day of class due to lack of child care, 75% were unaware that their financial aid could be increased to account for child care, 40% felt isolated as parenting students on campus, and 20% felt unwelcome.

The amount of mothers with children 12 and younger experiencing food insecurity has increased 170% since 2018, with over 40% of mothers reporting food insecurity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, a survey of student parents found that nearly half of the 23,000 parents surveyed were experiencing food insecurity and 68% were insecure about housing. “If our survey was taken now, the results would likely be 100 times worse. The system was failing parenting students even prior to Covid.”






“They are doing literally the opposite of what all equitable, trust-based, decolonizing philanthropic practices tell us is right in this moment of crisis, by divesting from the lives and safety of women, girls and (gender-nonconforming) youth of color,”

Source: Alicia Sanchez Gill, Director, The Emergent Fund

The NoVo Foundation, one of the biggest funders dedicated to women and girls, let go of the entire program staff for Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, limited its grant-making model to one-year grants only, and plans to move its adolescent girls’ rights work into a separate “freestanding” nonprofit.

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