WE Fight | WE Create | WE Got Your Back

Every day, our team works hard to further our mission and make progress towards actualizing the transformation our society urgently needs. We have stayed strong in the tough moments and stood up to every challenge, and that’s why we have been able to get so much done during recent months. In this quarterly update, we are excited to share these accomplishments with you.
 
WE FIGHT
After Dawn Wooten’s report of human rights violations occurring at the Irwin Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia, we were driven to action to protect Black women and women of color from the abuses she brought to light. As part of our advocacy, we are calling on the United States Congress to pass and enforce legislation to outlaw coerced sterilizations and other forced medical procedures on incarcerated and otherwise detained people. To make sure our demand is heard, we need your help. Can you sign our petition today?
SIGN THE PETITION

 

We are proud to be one of the organizations part of the creation of the Black Reproductive Justice Policy Agenda released this month. This policy plan comprehensively addresses the reproductive issues Black women face at the intersection of their race, gender, class, sexual orientation and gender identity. You can learn more about and read the policy agenda by clicking below.
READ THE BLACK REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE AGENDA

 

Our work at Women Engaged exists in celebration of Black women, girls and femmes and our continual resistance to the dominant narratives that pervades US culture and policy making. As part of this work, we strive to uplift and empower young Black women. Earlier this year, the murder of Ma’Khia Bryant, who was almost the same age as many of the young women who we have organized alongside, reminded us how the forces of adultification, over-sexualization, anti-Black racism, classism, and misogynoir take away too many young, Black girlhoods. Malika Redmond, our co-founder and CEO reflected on this in Essence, and we hope you will take the time to read her writing below.
READ MALIKA'S WRITING IN ESSENCE

 

In May, our co-founder and CEO Malika Redmond was one of the panelists of the inaugural event hosted by POLITICO’s The Recast program. Alongside other leaders, she discussed how political power is shifting away from traditional establishments towards the people, and how Women Engaged is part of this shift. We hope you’ll listen to this important conversation.
LISTEN TO THE RECAST

 

WE Advocate for Fair Maps

We believe that voters should choose their politicians, not the other way around. Women Engaged has joined forces with the Georgia Redistricting Alliance and several local nonpartisan organizations to demand a fair, equitable, transparent, and collaborative redistricting process. We will remain vigilant at town halls and public hearings. You can listen to testimonies delivered by Georgia residents, including our V.P. of Civic & Political Engagement Mishara Davis, during the June Joint Reapportionment Committee Meeting.
WATCH THE JOINT REAPPORTIONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

 

WE CREATE

We work hard to ensure that our organization continues to grow its capacity, reach, and impact so that we can continue to create change. During this past quarter, we were honored to become one of the 17 new organizations that the Hive Fund has partnered with. Through this partnership, Women Engaged will be able to expand our programs and develop new ways to further our mission. You can read their announcement below.
LEARN ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HIVE FUND

 

We have completed our second season of You Ask, WE Answers, where we explored a variety of topics, like reparations, Black maternal health, redistricting and more. We will be back in July with Season 3, but until then you can catch up with the show by visiting our Youtube page and catching up with the previous episodes. Check out our last episode of the season as we highlighted the work of our first campaign where we did a deep dive about the issue of reparations.
WATCH THE YAWA SEASON FINALE

 

WE GOT YOUR BACK

As we weather the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and a lasting civil rights crisis, we are committed to standing up for public health. In May, we hosted a People’s Health Forum, giving members of the public the chance to tell elected leaders why and how they must end the crises acutely affecting Black women and our communities.
WATCH THE PEOPLE'S HEALTH FORUM

 

The key to our success is how we support all who work alongside us. This includes recognizing and celebrating our staff, especially on their birthdays (we just celebrated Malika’s birthday on June 22 and Michelle Wilson’s on June 25th!), and building a new vision for more sustainable productivity and collaboration. As she leads the work of Women Engaged, Malika promotes self care, listening, and collaboration to create a resilient and compassionate work environment. She was recently interviewed about this by Adam Mendler, and we hope you will take the time to learn about how she leads differently by reading her story and her advice in the interview below.
READ MALIKA'S INTERVIEW WITH ADAM MENDLER
 

We are looking forward to continuing our work throughout the rest of this year. Your support has brought us so far, and we are so grateful to count you as one of our allies in the important fights we are leading together.

Best,

The Women Engaged Team

 

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