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Gender and Sexuality

Crysta Jentile, New York 2016. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Crysta Jentile, Communications Associate

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad on freedom, Muslim identity, and the drive to excel

US Olympic medalist and entrepreneur Ibtihaj Muhammad on her experience as a woman of color, a Muslim American, and a female athlete today

Hannah Meropol

Hannah Meropol, Tom Ford Fellow

After the global women’s marches, how do we turn a moment into a movement?

The power of the Women’s March can't be sustained without people coming together to resist the sources not only of their own oppression but also of each other’s.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

URGE’s Kierra Johnson on the Women’s March and the power of youth

Q&A with URGE executive director Kierra Johnson on how gender, reproductive rights, and sexual health issues impact a person’s life.

Rebeca Sandoval Helena, Hofbauer, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate

, Director, Mexico and Central America

Recognizing human rights defenders in Mexico and Central America

The Ford Foundation recognizes four grantees that recently received special awards for their outstanding work and dedication to advancing human rights in Mexico and Central America.

Rebeca Sandoval Helena, Hofbauer, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Associate

, Director, Mexico and Central America

Defensoras de los derechos humanos en México y Centroamérica: ejemplos que nos inspiran

The Ford Foundation recognizes four grantees that recently received special awards for their work and dedication to advancing human rights

Douglas, Wood, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

“Pushout” author Monique Morris on what’s driving the criminalization of black girls in America

Stereotypes and stigma make black female students vulnerable to mistreatment and criminalization in school.

Susan, Jolly, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

Why gender and sexuality are central to China’s relationships with the Global South

China's growing relationship with and participation in the Global South raises questions about the role of gender and sexuality issues in foreign aid, investment, and development in the region. 

Kali Villarosa, Ford Foundation Summer 2016 Intern

Kali Villarosa, Intern, Ford Foundation

Awakening millennials to the fight against HIV/AIDS

While millennials are concerned about what’s going on in the world today, somehow HIV/AIDS, a disease that intersects with issues like LGBT rights, mass incarceration, gender equality, and war, has fallen off their radar.

Delane Kalembo

Delane Kalembo, Program Coordinator, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights

How Africa’s religious leaders are fighting stigma and HIV/AIDS

Reflecting on the International AIDS Conference in Durban, Delane Kalembo speaks to the role that religious leaders and faith-based organizations play in turning the tide on HIV in Africa.

Ekanem, Williams, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

How child marriage exacerbates Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic

There is a close link between child marriage and the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Yet the interventions designed to respond to these two issues are often not integrated. 

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

SCOTUS abortion decision: Why restoring the status quo isn’t enough

Fighting laws like the one invalidated by the Supreme Court means playing defense. 

Marc Climaco, New York 2016. ©Ford Foundation

Marc Climaco, Social Media Engagement Strategist

Acclaimed film “Dry” takes on child marriage in Nigeria

Twitter conversation with Nigerian actress and award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Okereke Linus about her film, Dry.

Lourdes, Rivera, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

Rallying outside the Supreme Court to support abortion rights

A group from our Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team traveled to Washington, DC to join a rally with thousands in support of women's reproductive rights.

Andrew, Catauro, New York. 2015. Photo credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Manager, JustFilms

, Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

A story of southern black women and families living with HIV/AIDS: Q&A with the filmmaker of Wilhemina’s War

An interview with the filmmaker of Wilhemina's War, the story of an African American grandmother living in the rural south and fighting to help her granddaughter survive the health risks and social stigma of living with HIV.

Lourdes, Rivera, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Former Senior Program Officer, Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice

43 years after Roe v. Wade, why we (still) need reproductive justice

43 years after Roe v. Wade, reproductive justice is as important as ever, and goes beyond the right to abortion and contraception.

Ekanem, Williams, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer

What it will take to end child marriage in Southern Africa

Forty percent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married before they turn 18.

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

With marriage equality, affirming our shared humanity

The United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the right to marry. This landmark decision establishes the right to marry for over 1,000,000 same-sex couples in the US.

Barbara, Raab, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

Cracking the gender code

Program officer Barbara Raab recaps the the successes of the event Cracking the Code: Success for Women Digital News Entrepreneurs.

Luna, Yasui, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation. Roberta, Uno, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

, Director, JustFilms, Creativity and Free Expression

, Senior Program Officer, Youth Opportunity and Learning

, Senior Program Officer

An evening with Kumu Hina

This event demonstrated how arts and culture, including film, dance, and music serve as a central means of self-expression and political activism for LGBT people of color.

Eryn, Loeb, New York 2014-2015. Photo Credit: Simon Luethi ©Ford Foundation.

Eryn Loeb, Editor

A shocking crime, a complicated aftermath

Valentine Road explores the murder of a teenager who had begun exploring his gender identity and reveals the circumstances that led to a shocking crime, as well as its complicated aftermath.