A WEEK ON
THE STATUS OF BLACK WOMEN AND GIRLS
MARCH 28 - APRIL 1, 2016
In honor of Women's History Month and the second year of the UN's International Decade for People of African Descent, please join AAPF, the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, The Transformative Justice Coalition, the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, the American Association of University Women, and other leading racial and gender justice organizations for a week-long series of online activities focused on elevating the crises facing Black women and girls.
Black women have long mobilized against the multiple forms of discrimination they have faced in the pursuit of better lives for themselves, their families, and the well-being of their communities. Black women’s leadership has been marked by their high levels of civic engagement, robust voting participation, and their stewardship of racial justice movements. Black women have led campaigns against lynching, segregation, voter suppression and state violence. They have also been at the forefront of movements against sexual violence, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in the workforce, and have led efforts to expand the contours of reproductive freedom and political representation. Yet even as Black women’s advocacy continues to reflect commitments to an inclusive vision of racial and gender justice, many of the specific challenges that Black women face are relegated to the margins of social justice campaigns.
Acknowledging the centrality of Black women to our history and social fabric while recognizing the uniquely gendered and racialized challenges they face is critical if we are to create systemic change that is fully inclusive and successful.
Please join us for #HerDreamDeferred: A Week on the Status of Black Women, as we come together to increase public understanding of the specific intersectional challenges that women of African descent face in the United States.
#HerDreamDeferred is dedicated to elevating issues confronting Black women that are all too often cast into the shadows of public concern. Each day from March 28-April 1, we will host an online event to highlight a specific set of challenge facing Black women and other women of color. Topics that will be covered include: barriers to equality in the Southern United States; demonization of single Black mothers; marginalization of Black women veterans; criminalization of Black girls; and sexual assault at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Our goal is to elevate these challenges so that stakeholders across the country can better understand and address the unique challenges facing Black women and girls. Information is key to broaden the public will to develop an inclusive social justice agenda that leaves no one behind.
PROGRAM: All webinars will take place at 2pm EST; Tuesday's radio show is at 12pm EST.
Monday, March 28 Webinar - #BlackGirlsMatter: Countering Criminalization In and Outside of School
Tuesday, March 29 Radio Interview - Igniting Change with Barbara Arnwine: #StandingUpForMom: Resisting the War on Black Single Mothers
(Tune in HERE)
Wednesday, March 30 Webinar: Under the Shadow of the Plantation: The Status of Women of Color in the South
Thursday, March 31 Webinar: The Unspeakable Truth: The Reality of Sexual Assault at HBCUs
Friday, April 1 Webinar: Neglected at Home After Serving Abroad: The Story of Black Women Veterans
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: INFO@AAPF.ORG
About the AfricanAmericanPolicyForum Founded in 1996, AAPF was developed as part of an ongoing effort to promote women’s rights in the context of struggles for racial equality. It serves as an information clearinghouse that works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public debates on questions of inequality, discrimination and injustice.