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Women’s Health Is a Readiness Issue: Addressing Health Disparities in the U.S. Military

November 7, 2023

Women make up 17.5% of the U.S. military and they perform vital roles; however, they are 28% more likely to leave the Armed Forces than their male counterparts. Given that it's critical to retain women in their valuable positions, the lack of comprehensive and inclusive healthcare across the military branches is both a readiness and retention issue.In an effort to improve retention of servicewomen by helping fix a significant root cause — worse health outcomes — HealthyWomen designed, implemented, and evaluated a health education program, Ready, Healthy & Able (RHA), to provide: 1) health education for servicewomen and service members assigned female at birth (AFAB) and 2) accredited medical education for military healthcare providers (HCPs). Phase one of the program comprised more than 75 pieces of educational content in multiple mediums for service members and 11 virtual continuing education (CE) modules, two in-person lectures, and one live-streamed webinar for military HCPs. Pre- and post-test survey data results showed an increase in knowledge and/or confidence among the majority of consumers of the RHA educational resources. 

Women on the Frontlines of Extractivism: How funders can support women environmental defenders

October 24, 2023

This report aims to expose how natural resource extraction both fuels and reinforces structural violence, with particular attention to the impacts on women and girls. The report draws upon and synthesizes independent research conducted by each of these three organizations, all of which was supported by the Ford Foundation through the Resilient Women and Natural Resources Initiative.

Colors of the Heart: Investigating how teen girls of color develop their emotional understanding

October 1, 2023

Colors of the Heart is directly influenced by Dr. Jennifer Keitt's dissertation research. She found that there is not enough research delving into the emotional development and life experiences of teen girls of color. This leaves us wondering if they all experience emotions in the same way, express them similarly, or even use the same language to talk about their feelings.That's where this phenomenological study comes in. We wanted to dig deep and understand how teenage girls from diverse cultural backgrounds navigate their emotional worlds. We explored five critical factors: gender, culture, how their parents teach them about emotions, their ability to regulate emotions, and how they differentiate between different feelings.

When Men Murder Women: A Review of 25 Years of Female Homicide Victimization in the United States

October 1, 2023

In January of 2021, the FBI changed the way crime data are collected and reported, which has impacted the reliability of subsequent data. That year, the FBI retired the SHR system and replaced it with the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS). While NIBRS will eventually provide much more comprehensive and robust crime data compared to the SHR, transitioning law enforcement agencies to the new data collection and reporting system has been slow and burdensome. Indeed, many law enforcement agencies did not transition to NIBRS by January of 2021, which has had a significant impact on the reliability of 2021 crime data. After a careful analysis of that year's crime data, the VPC has determined that current NIBRS data are not reliable for state-by-state gun violence research as required by When Men Murder Women.Lacking reliable crime data from 2021, this report will instead focus on trends revealed in previous editions of When Men Murder Women over the past 25 years. Previous years' reports described the age and race of victims, weapons used, the relationship between victim and offender, and circumstance. Prior reports also ranked the states by their rates of females killed by males. This study summarizes the findings of these reports and the patterns and characteristics of these homicides between 1996 and 2020.

Every Mother Counts - 2022 Impact Report

September 21, 2023

In 2022, we increased awareness about the maternal health crisis through public education campaigns and storytelling; we continued to invest in community-based solutions and innovative models of care with the highest potential to transform maternity care in the United States and globally; and we advocated for critical policy change.Here are some highlights of our achievements.

Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-Paid Jobs and Their Consequences

September 14, 2023

An updated resource from the National Women's Law Center, "Collateral Damage: Scheduling Challenges for Workers in Low-Paid Jobs and Their Consequences," describes the range of difficult work schedules facing workers in low-paid jobs—lack of control over the timing of work hours, schedules that are assigned at the last minute, hours that fluctuate radically from week to week or month to month, and involuntary part-time work. This brief report explains the extent of these problems and their particular impact on women, who make up the majority of low-paid workers and also shoulder a disproportionate share of caregiving responsibilities. The report also documents the fallout from challenging work schedules for workers and their families.

Evaluation of the Sister Support Initiative

September 14, 2023

GHR Foundation has a long history of partnering with Catholic sisters. We draw insight and inspiration from sisters, whose leadership, service, and spiritual witness have advanced the common good through a profound commitment to working on behalf of the vulnerable and marginalized.   GHR's Sister Support Initiative (SSI) has focused on ensuring a vital future for Catholic sisters, marked by congregations that are well-led, well-resourced and powerful in spiritual witness, leadership, and service. The SSI has helped women religious build a path toward a new future by fostering opportunities for creativity, resilience, reinvigoration, and a sense of confidence as they strike out on a journey of transformation. 

The Devastating Toll of Gun Violence on American Women and Girls

September 13, 2023

In many ways, men have historically been the focus of conversations about guns and gun violence in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of gun owners are male. Eighty-six percent of gun deaths in the US involve men, and men are six times more likely to die from gun violence than women.However, gun violence also takes a grueling and devastating toll on women, with women of color experiencing a particularly disproportionate impact. Each year, more than 6,000 women die from gun violence. More than half of these deaths are gun suicides, and women are also heavily impacted by the deadly intersection of guns and domestic violence, which claims hundreds of lives each year. Thousands more women are left in the wake of gun violence's trauma, forced to grieve and recover from the loss of the many sons, husbands, brothers, and fathers who die as a result of gun violence. The toll of gun violence on women in the US is particularly stark when compared to peer nations: compared to women in other high-income countries, US women are 21 times more likely to die from gun violence.It is clear that gun violence is an issue with deep, multi-faceted impacts on women's safety, health, and well-being. Understanding this burden is essential to creating and implementing responsive solutions that will protect women, their families, and their communities.

Fact Sheet: Birth Trauma and Maternal Mental Health

September 7, 2023

This Fact Sheet focuses on birth trauma and the impact on maternal mental health: 1 in 3 childbearing people report feeling traumatized by their birthing experience, and 1 in 5 childbearing people report being mistreated during pregnancy or childbirth. pregnancy, disability, and maternal mental health.This Fact Sheet identifies key facts about birth trauma and maternal mental health, factors contributing to birth trauma, impacts of birth trauma and racism, and the intersection of birth trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Childcare Access: An Important Link to Maternal Mental Health Fact Sheet

July 27, 2023

A good support system is vital during the postpartum period and has been shown to decrease the risk for maternal mental health disorders and increase general maternal wellness. A crucial part of the postpartum support system includes having access to affordable childcare. Childcare access for infants is especially important in the United States (U.S.) because there is currently no mandatory paid maternity leave in the U.S., which increases the need for accessible non-parental childcare.

Towards the Asian Cultural Council: Blanchette Rockefeller and Her Engagement with Asia, 1951-1986

July 20, 2023

On April 6, 1971, Blanchette Ferry Hooker Rockefeller delivered a formal talk to New York's Colony Club titled, "Amateur Collecting at Home and Abroad." Mrs. Rockefeller had visited Japan for the first time in 1951, where she spent six weeks in Tokyo with her husband, John D. Rockefeller 3rd, who served as an unofficial cultural attaché to Douglas MacArthur's Japan Peace Commission. Like his mentor— former High Commissioner for Refugees of the League of Nations, and first US Ambassador to Israel— Dr. James G. McDonald, Mr. Rockefeller spent most of his time as part of the commission interviewing political, economic, and cultural authorities to find ways of improving cultural relations between the two countries. As a result, John devised a model based on bilateral cultural exchange—a two-way street . Toward that end, he later planned and built a conference center, the International House of Japan, where scholars and public officials from Europe and the United States exchanged ideas with their Japanese counterparts. These luminaries included the likes of Arnold Toynbee and Eleanor Roosevelt. Rockefeller's  Japanese collaborator in that venture was an internationally minded journalist, Shigeharu Matsumoto. The Rockefellers and Matsumotos formed their own two-way relationship spanning the rest of their respective lives, as well as those of their children.While this study emphasizes the evolution of Blanchette Rockefeller's interest in Asia and the subsequent founding of the Asian Cultural Council, it bears understanding how such a study fits within the field of Asian cultural exchange during the twentieth century. 

Young, Feminist, and Fearless: Holding the Line - State of Youth Civil Society Report

July 19, 2023

We live in uncertain times! Worldwide, we are witnessing attacks on the rights of women, girls and non-binary persons , threatening our foremothers' hard-fought gains. From preventing access to sexual health services in the United States and banning girls from education in Afghanistan, to restricting digital feminist organising in China and brutally suppressing feminist activism in Iran, the global rollback of rights is coordinated, wellfunded, and gaining momentum everywhere.Young feminist activists are revered as sheroes and are often at the frontline of democratic struggles, employing creative methods to hold the line- yet we fail to realise the toll of activism on their wellbeing, mental health, and hopes for the future. This is particularly critical for young women and non-binary young people involved in feminist movements, as they are both uniquely vulnerable and forced to be increasingly brave. Their actions appear fearless from the outside, but this work is fraught with danger and comes at a personal cost.This year's State of Youth Civil Society Report - Young, Feminist, and Fearless: Holding the Line, focuses on feminist movements and their critical role in making the world more equitable, safe and accessible for everyone. Young feminists are fearless and hold the line despite the dangers to their security, the uncertainty that today's world presents, and the cost to their mental health. They are pushing back against tyranny!