CalMatters featured an opinion article by Alliance for Girls' Haleema Bharoocha and the Young Women's Freedom Center's Desiree Victor that called on counties across California to divest from punitive systems that perpetuate poverty and inequity, and instead, invest in solutions that reverse generations of harm. This includes listening to girls' needs, amplifying their voices and leadership, and investing in culturally and gender-responsive services. AFG and YWFC are making progress, working with Santa Clara County to increase opportunities and stigma-free resources for young moms and make sure period products are available at school sites and community centers.
Philanthropy Women published an article on Alliance for Girls' #WhenGirlsThrive COVID-19 Response Initiative and the importance of paying more attention to the needs of girls, particularly Black girls and girls of color in the midst of the pandemic. The initiative is filling the data gap on the needs of girls and gender-expansive youth and bringing together advocates, educators, policymakers and agency leaders to ensure girls' needs are met as California navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mercury News published an opinion piece co-authored by Alliance for Girls' Emma Mayerson and the Women's Foundation of California's Surina Khan about Alliance for Girls' released report, Together, We Rise. The report elevates the stories and perspectives of more than 60 girls of color in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, illustrating deep gender injustices compounded by racial inequity. Girls also shared key, insightful recommendations for advancing racial and gender justice, and creating communities where girls can feel safe and valued at home, at school, and wherever they go.