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Ms. Foundation for Women Grants More Than $1 Million to Improve Women's Health In Marginalized Communities


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NEW YORK--Aug. 7, 2012--The Ms. Foundation for Women today announced $1.06 million in grants to organizations promoting equitable access to health care for women at the grassroots, state and national level in the areas of reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice; women and AIDS; and health care reform. In addition to financial support, the Ms. Foundation is helping the grantee organizations more effectively mobilize women as leaders to advance change in their communities.

"America's health care system has failed millions of women – particularly, low-income women, women of color and women living with HIV/AIDS," said Ms. Foundation Program Officer for Reproductive Health Ellen Liu. "The Ms. Foundation is helping elevate marginalized women's voices to fight for better policies to access the reproductive health services they need."

Nineteen reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice organizations received grants totaling $740,000 for their work mobilizing communities most affected by restrictive reproductive health legislation, cultural stigma and systemic discrimination.

The Ms. Foundation's reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice grantees are ACT for Women and Girls; California Latinas for Reproductive Justice; Choice USA; Civil Liberties and Public Policy; Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights; CoreAlign Initiative; El Pueblo; Faith Aloud; Kentucky Health Justice Network; National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; Native American Community Board; Planned Parenthood Southeast; Pro-Choice Resources; Reproductive Justice Collective; SPARK Reproductive Justice Now; Texas Freedom Network Education Fund; West Virginia FREE; and Young Women United.

The Ms. Foundation distributed $100,000 to eight organizations working to raise the visibility and representation of HIV-positive women as leaders and policy experts and to affect policy change that improves their lives. The grants will allow the organizations to increase their organizational fundraising capacity in individual donor giving strategies.

The Ms. Foundation's Women and AIDS grantees are AIDS Services of Austin (Women Rising Project); BABES Network – YWCA; Christie's Place; National Women and AIDS Collective; Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS Research and Treatment; Voices of Community Activists and Leaders; Women Alive Coalition; and Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases.

The Ms. Foundation granted $220,000 to six organizations working toward the integration of sexual and reproductive health services in the implementation of health care reform. This support leverages the opportunity of health care reform to raise the visibility of reproductive and sexual health as integral to general health care and positively influence the political and cultural landscape on reproductive and sexual health for all women.

The health care reform grantees are Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights; Northwest Health Law Advocates; Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health; Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest; Raising Women's Voices; and West Virginia FREE Action Fund.

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About the Ms. Foundation for Women

The Ms. Foundation for Women is the leading national social justice foundation committed to building women's power to ignite change. Every day, it helps over 150 grassroots organizations across the US fight for changes like good paying jobs, reproductive health, ending violence against women and girls, and the inclusion of women at decision-making tables. By investing in social justice trailblazers--especially women from low-income communities and communities of color most affected by injustice--it works for a nation in which power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, or any other factor. The Ms. Foundation delivers funding, builds skills, develops leaders, connects activists with allies, and amplifies the voices of our grantees to create change that benefits women, families and communities. ms.foundation.org

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