Deb Gordon’s guest was Ana Oliveira President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, a women-led alliance dedicated to funding and fostering economic security and justice for underserved women and girls, including transgender women.
Now in its 30th year, The Foundation has distributed over $50 million and impacted millions of women and girls in poverty across New York City, and Ms. Oliveira stressed the importance of investing in young women and girls of color.
“The burden that is borne by black women, Latina women, straight women, lesbians and transgender, is so disproportionate, and it is a result of a series of very large disinvestments,” stated Oliveira.
Also discussed were other issues facing women including health and domestic & sexual violence – and how the organization works with women in the communities to garner ideas to combat these issues, and work towards solutions.
Ms. Oliveira spotlighted NYC’s Young Women’s Initiative (YWI), a first of its kind partnership with the New York City Council and other leaders, that was created to improve the lives of girls, young women and trans youth of color, and help them to thrive in life.
“The Initiative has the financial investment, it has specific areas of education, job training, safety, housing that we want to invest in, but it also has this ongoing commitment to adjusting policies and investment,” said Oliveira.
“The Initiative is not about charity, it’s not about government being paternalistic, it is about listening to the voices of young women, listening to the expertise of others, and doing better.”
The New York Women’s Foundation invites community members to join their efforts and attend one the many events they hold throughout the year as a way to learn more about and support the work, and also to celebrate and honor the people who work alongside them.
One such event is the Foundation’s upcoming neighborhood dinner in Queens on September 22nd.
“In neighborhood dinners we celebrate local leaders,” said Oliveira. “We will have neighborhood dinners in each of the boroughs between now and the end of next year…we invite all to volunteer and participate.”
The Foundation is very accessible,” said Oliveira. “We offer volunteering opportunities, in lieu of payment for a ticket…we want everyone to feel that they belong and that they can be part of the solution.”
For more information about the New York Women’s Foundation, to donate and/or attend one of the neighborhood dinners or other events, visit www.nywf.org.