8 Black women create fund to raise $1 billion by 2030 to invest in African American girls

Black women and girls are often left out or erased from the social justice movement. A large part of that is because funds for the organizations that center them and their experiences are scarce.

A recent study showed that philanthropic giving from foundations averaged about $5.48 for each woman or girl of color in the United States. This minuscule portion accounts for just 0.5% of the $66.9 billion given by foundations, according to Giving USA 2018.

For Black women and girls, the amount is even smaller because this data encompasses all women and girls of color, including Asian Americans, Latinas and Indigenous people.

The Black Girl Freedom Fund, created by a notable group of leaders and activists, hopes to change that, and specifically invest in Black girls and women.

The goal of the fund is to invest $1 billion in Black girls and women by 2030. More than $12.6

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Report: 29 million girls, women victims of modern slavery

UNITED NATIONS — A new report estimates that 29 million women and girls are victims of modern slavery, exploited by practices including forced labor, forced marriage, debt-bondage and domestic servitude.

Grace Forrest, co-founder of the Walk Free anti-slavery organization, said Friday that means one in every 130 women and girls is living in modern slavery today, more than the population of Australia.

“The reality is that there are more people living in slavery today than any other time in human history,” she told a U.N. news conference.

Walk Free defines modern slavery “as the systematic removal of a person’s freedom, where one person is exploited by another for personal or financial gain,” she said.

Forrest said the global estimate of one in 130 women and girls living in modern slavery was made based on work by Walk Free, the International Labor Organization and the International Organization for Migration, both U.N.

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Lakeland director’s film encourages girls and women to pursue aviation careers

Lakeland filmmaker Katie McEntire Wiatt made her directorial debut with her documentary “Fly Like a Girl” in 2019 when the film hit the festival circuit, including the Sarasota Film Festival. Now, it has been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and will be available for wide release on-demand and in select theaters starting Oct. 9.

The documentary is about females in aviation, from pilots to an airport operations manager, professionals in the aerospace industry and young women aspiring to be astronauts, like Taylor Richardson.

A few of the women featured include retired NASA astronaut Nicole Stott; Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour, recognized by the Department of Defense as the United State’s first African-American female combat pilot; and Shaesta Waiz, who made history by becoming the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft and as the first female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan.

The interview subjects tell their stories,

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Alysha Clark dedicates Storm title to Black girls

Even as green and gold confetti flew and champagne bottles were uncorked, the Seattle Storm continued to “Say Her Name” as the WNBA has done all season.

Storm forward Alysha Clark spent much of her post-game video call with media talking about “the reason for the season” in working for social justice from the “wubble.” She dedicated the Storm’s 2020 championship to the Black girls and women around the country, adding she hopes they feel “just as victorious as I do.”

Clark dedicates 2020 championship to Black women

Clark was asked how the 2020 title compares to the Storm’s 2018 championship run, which had most of the same roster but was won under very different circumstances. The WNBA played its 24th season this year in a bubble environment at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And it tipped off amid a national reckoning with racial relations and

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COVID is Reversing Decades of Progress for Rural Women and Girls

When Idris and I visited Sierra Leone last December, the optimism was palpable. The country was back on its feet after a bitter civil war and an Ebola outbreak in 2014. We met resourceful, resilient women like Isatu, a mother of four, who was transforming swampland into paddy fields with the help of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). She trusted IFAD because it had not abandoned her village when Ebola struck. The agency stayed and supported farmers with access to finance in their most desperate hour.

Back in December, we did not know that a pandemic was about to hit us. And while its impact on our lives in the West has been chronicled exhaustively, we hear little about its effect on the most vulnerable people of all – the 1.7 billion women and girls, more than one-fifth of all humanity, who live in rural areas around

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Most girls and young women have experienced abuse online, report finds

Most girls and young women using social media have experienced abuse that has driven them offline and left them traumatised, according to a new global survey.

a woman sitting on a bench: Photograph: Mixmike/Getty

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More than half of the 14,000 15- to 25-year-olds interviewed by Plan International said they had been cyberstalked, sent explicit messages and images, or abused online.

Plan said it is a global problem and that social media companies had left girls to deal with online violence on their own.

The interviewees, from 22 countries, said no action was taken when they reported abuse.

“These attacks may not be physical, but they are often threatening, relentless and limit girls’ freedom of expression,” said Plan’s CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen. “Driving girls out of online spaces is hugely disempowering in an increasingly digital world, and damages their ability to be seen, heard and become leaders.”

a woman sitting on a bench: Plan argues girls and young women are left to deal with abuse without adequate support from social media companies.

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Plan argues girls

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Report advocates self-determined solutions to systemic problems underlying the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Report advocates self-determined solutions to systemic problems underlying the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA
Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA
Cora McGuire-Cyrette, Executive Director, ONWA
ONWA Report: Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of MMIWG (2020)
ONWA Report: Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of MMIWG (2020)
ONWA Report: Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of MMIWG (2020)

Toronto, ON, Oct. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, as Sisters in Spirit vigils are being held across the country, the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) has released a detailed report outlining key areas of concern and recommendations for moving forward in ending violence against Indigenous women and girls. It comes after the one year mark since the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The report, titled: Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of MMIWG (2020), centers Indigenous women, their knowledge and experience, as not only the

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The trailblazing Vietnamese beauty queen pushing girls to stay in school

Skin-whitening, child marriage, a curtailed education: Vietnamese model and literacy campaigner H’Hen Nie has defied traditional expectations laid on her — and is now determined to show the next generation a different way. 

The 2017 Miss Universe Vietnam winner, who hails from the Ede ethnic minority group in the Central Highlands, was 14 years old when her farmer mother suggested she find a husband. 

“I was really scared of getting married. At that time I liked to swim, slide down slopes and play in the forest,” the 28-year-old tells AFP.

She was being led down the path of many poor, marginalised ethnic minority children in Vietnam — marrying young, dropping out of school, and having a slimmer shot of making it to positions of power compared to the country’s Kinh majority.

But H’Hen had other plans, explaining: “I was competitive and I loved to study. And I had lots of

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Fashion Nova faces backlash after range of girls clothes called ‘too grown up’ and ‘inappropriate’

Fashion Nova children’s clothing range featuring crop tops, evening dresses and heels with names like ‘pulling me closer’ is branded ‘disgusting’ by critics who claim it sexualises young girls

  •  New range of girls clothes come under fire and accused of being ‘inappropriate’
  •  Children pictured wearing heels and short skirts for the new line of clothing
  • People took to social media to share their disgust, calling range ‘too grown up’ 
  • Others questioned whether names of outfits were appropriate, with examples such as ‘Kiss Me Wild’, ‘Keep It On The Down Low’ and ‘See It In Your Eyes’

Online retailer Fashion Nova has been slammed over its new range of children’s clothes, with critics claiming the outfits are ‘too grown up’ for your girls. 

Fashion Nova, which is based in the US but ships

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Brunswick girls soccer opens new-look season in style

Morse’s Hailie Johnson throws the ball in during a game against Brunswick on Friday night. Eli Canfield/The Times Record

BRUNSWICK—High school soccer games will look a bit different this season, with several different rule modifications.

This was on display Friday night, when the Brunswick girls soccer team upended Morse 4-0 in the season opener for both teams.

Some of the noticeable changes included limits on players in the penalty box on corner kicks (five for each side). Furthermore, players received hydration and sanitizing breaks midway through each half.

None of the changes mattered to the players and coaches.

“It was fantastic (to get back out there),” said Brunswick coach Martyn Davison.

“I’m so happy for every single one of these kids, they deserve it,” added Morse coach Branden Noltkamper.

The Dragons jumped out to a quick lead with a goal from Layne Brewer with just under 10 minutes into the

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