FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2021
Women Engaged Announced as Inaugural Grantee in Multi-Million Dollar Initiative for Reparations Advancement
The #Case4Reparations fund aims to support systemic and policy change efforts that return wealth to impacted individuals.
ATLANTA, GA – Liberated Capital, Decolonizing Wealth Project’s donor community and funding vehicle focused on providing resources to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, has officially announced Women Engaged as part of the inaugural cohort who will receive funding to support local, regional and national movement-building and advocacy efforts to advance reparations in the United States. The grant will help further Women Engaged’s mission of advancing reproductive, racial, and economic justice by investing funds, providing resources, and building connections between Women Engaged and the rest of our cohort.
The #Case4Reparations is a first of its kind funding initiative, launched in March of 2021 by Decolonizing Wealth Project, aiming to fuel and amplify conversations and campaigns around reparations where wealth (money or land) can be redistributed by institutions and/or governments to Black and Native American communities in the United States. The goal for #Case4Reparations is to become a multi-year, multi-million dollar initiative to support systemic and policy change efforts that return wealth to impacted individuals.
“It’s time to start having meaningful conversations about reparations and how we can come together as a country to heal from systemic racism. Women Engaged is making critical strides to shift policies and systems that result in the payback of money from governments or institutions in the United States to Black communities,” said Edgar Villanueva, founder and principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital. “We’re looking forward to being a part of their journey and elevating their impactful work to achieve reproductive, racial, and economic justice.”
CEO and Executive Director of Women Engaged, Malika Redmond, MA, said:
“Reparations are as much about repair for the centuries-long theft of Black labor and knowledge as they are about bodily integrity and freedom from reproductive oppression. Oppression that has spanned from the mutilation of enslaved Black women’s bodies in the pursuit of gynecological research to the current disproportionate rate of maternal mortality among Black women. Reparations are key to actualizing true reproductive justice for Black women, girls, and femmes, and I am honored that our stance and work at Women Engaged to build collective power and transform culture at this intersection has been recognized by Decolonizing Wealth and the #Case4Reparations grant initiative. The Women Engaged team looks forward to being in community with others leading on reparations across issues, knowing that investments to correct injustices, past and present, are the pathway to a healthy democracy.”
In 2021-2022, Women Engaged will receive funding and technical assistance from Decolonizing Wealth Project, including communications and narrative change support, networking opportunities and campaign coaching. In the year ahead, the organization will work to highlight and elevate Women Engaged’s efforts through their own channels, working to shift narrative change and build political will for reparations.
Establishing a funding initiative is just the first step to building #Case4Reparations. Decolonizing Wealth Project aims to raise awareness and education among the general public around reparations and the need to embrace it as a way to right the wrongs and bring our country back together.
For more information, please visit https://decolonizingwealth.com/liberated-capital/case4reparations/.
About Women Engaged
Women Engaged’s work centers on ensuring Black dignity and bodily integrity in an inclusive democracy. We are continuing to grow our dynamic team! To learn more about open positions at WE and how to apply, click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3mAiPd5
About Decolonizing Wealth Project
Led by Edgar Villanueva, Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) works globally to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital using education and healing programs, radical reparative giving, and storytelling. Through its fund, Liberated Capital, DWP moves untethered resources to Indigenous, Black and other people-of-color-led initiatives working for economic and racial justice.