What’s Next for The Heart of Gender Justice

In June we launched “Five Days of Gender Justice” to celebrate the release of our new research report, The Heart of Gender Justice in New Mexico: Intersectionality, Economic Security, and Health Equity. The research was conducted in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary research team of social policy scholars of color from the University of New Mexico and includes voices from community dialogues as well as data analysis of women’s economic security and health by race and ethnicity.

The “Five Days of Gender Justice” digital launch campaign reached an estimated 200,000 people through social media, radio, email, TV, and op-eds in newspapers across the state! The intention was to use multiple media platforms to discuss the meaning of gender justice with communities across New Mexico and bring issues of patriarchy, structural racism, and the effects of colonization into the mainstream discourse.

What’s next for the heart of gender justice research? Over the coming year, we plan to bring the research findings back to the participating communities and beyond. In June, we presented the findings at New Mexico Voices for Children’s Annual Kids Count Conference. In September, we’re slated to discuss the findings at the Women’s Funding Network national conference.

In the face of our national healthcare challenges and potential repealing and replacing of the Affordable Care Act, it is critical to bring the voices and experiences of New Mexico’s women and girls to the national level. Ms. Magazine recently ran this article about our research and how it relates to the national healthcare conversation.

Finally, this research and community engagement project has informed our own strategy here at NewMexicoWomen.Org (NMW.O). Our most recent grant cycle was focused on Gender Justice and Healing. Further, we are in the process of developing a Healing and Self-Care program we hope to launch in 2018. In the meantime, keep an eye out for our events the rest of the year and do read the report and let us know what you think!

Main Image: Panelists at the New Mexico Voices for Children’s Kids Count Conference. Sarah Ghiorse, Director of NMW.O, is second from the right.


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