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The Heart of Gender Justice: Intersectionality, Economic Security, and Health Equity

In 2017, NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O) published, The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security, and Health Equity. From the summer of 2016 to the beginning of 2017, NMW.O, collaborated with a multi-disciplinary research team of social policy scholars of color from the University of New Mexico on a research and community engagement project with the aim of deepening our knowledge about how to most effectively advance gender equity work in New Mexico. The goal was to identify priorities and learn about lived experiences at the intersection of health equity and economic security for women and girls in New Mexico and thus inform NMW.O’s strategy for advancing gender equity.

The project resulted in a two-part report entitled, The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security, and Health Equity. The sister reports include a qualitative report from community dialogues and a quantitative report from an analysis on the link between economic security and women’s health status by race and ethnicity. Using both community voices and data, the reports seek to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the intersectional nature of women’s lives in New Mexico.

The results in Part 1 of the report were based on findings from seven community engagement dialogues with 50 participants in Española, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Silver City, and Gallup, as well as two groups in Santa Fe. Participants also joined from surrounding communities including La Mesilla, Hobbs, Deming, Lordsburg, various colonias, Zuni Pueblo, the Navajo Nation, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, and the Eight Northern Pueblos. Participants were largely community and nonprofit leaders from organizations led by or working with women and girls in rural and low income communities and communities of color in New Mexico.

In Part 2, the analysis about economic security for New Mexico women is based on the American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates. The ACS is an ongoing survey collected by the US Census Bureau that provides information about the demographic, social, and economic characteristics of Americans. In order to account for pre- and post-recession differences, our regression results include ACS five-year estimated averages for 2005-2009 and 2010-2014 for New Mexico. The analysis of women’s health and its link to economic security primarily used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System’s (BRFSS) data. BRFSS is an annual telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that collects data on health behaviors, risk factors, and health status of US residents.

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Indicators Report: A Statistical Resource Guide to Women and Girls in New Mexico

In 2014, NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O) published the Indicators Report: A Statistic Resource Guide to Women and Girls in New Mexico, which contains an overview of quality of life statistics for women and girls in New Mexico. The research was in response to the need for a resource booklet that contained current demographic and statistical information about New Mexico’s women and girls. By gathering information from various studies, one can begin to understand the links between the issues. From this vantage point, communities, practitioners, donors, and policymakers across the state can better identify and prioritize the needs of New Mexican women and girls.

This report is most useful as a resource for data. For communities, it can help substantiate a call to action. For policymakers, donors and other funders, the report offers a snapshot of New Mexico to guide legislative and funding decisions. For other allies it serves as an educational tool. Over time, measuring, comparing, and tracking a specific set of well-defined indicators will enable New Mexicans, including policymakers, funders, donors, nonprofits, and other stakeholders to:

  • Identify the issues confronting girls and women in which both the need and potential for improvement are greatest;
  • Recognize and address the often profound racial, ethnic, and socio-economic disparities in the well-being of our state’s women and girls;
  • Establish ambitious but attainable goals for improvement in specific areas;
    Track progress toward those goals over time.

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