Why girls of color? Why now?
Girls of color are often overlooked when policymakers address issues of gender and racial inequality. That's why our 2016 Stand Against Racism campaign is centered on addressing the ways institutional and structural racism impacts girls of color. YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.
Black girls face disproportionate challenges in schools and in the justice system, even though so much of the conversation about criminalization and the school-to-prison pipeline centers on boys of color. Latina and Native girls do not trail far behind them. Girls of color who experience trauma are more likely to be met with excessive discipline for acting out behaviors and less likely to get the trauma-informed care they need.
Here are some key statistics that give shape to the problem:
This year's campaign is not an attempt to leave out other demographics, whether white girls, boys, adult men and women. Rather, it is a clarion call to all of our better selves, to highlight girls of color's unique struggles and ask what we as individuals and as part of larger organizations can do to improve our society.
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