In order to achieve systemic change WGF makes programmatic grants for projects aimed at remedying root causes and seeding long-term equity for women and girls in the region.
GRANTEE SNAPSHOT: The following is an example of effective work implemented by a 2009 grantee—who also engaged with a coalition of partners and allies to accomplish systemic change impacting women in the region.
New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice
Improve reproductive justice and human rights for incarcerated women in the Allegheny County Jail and throughout Pennsylvania.
Collaborated with a state-wide coalition to pass a state law in 2010 banning the shackling of female prisoners during childbirth. Continues to work locally to improve conditions for incarcerated women in the Allegheny County Jail.
Based on 2008 data, more than 2,400 women of reproductive age (15-44) are incarcerated each year in Pennsylvania, of whom 750 are held in the Allegheny County Jail. In 2010, with support from this WGF grant, this coalition worked with the partners across the state to effectively lobby for a state bill. The bill was signed into law by Governor Rendell in 2010. As a result of this policy change 2,400 women now have increased rights and protections each year. And now other state’s are working to pass similar legislation. The ripple effect continues…
American Association of Birth Centers
Human Rights Coalition
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Women’s Law Project
The Birth Circle of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation
Allegheny County Jail Collaborative
Women and Girls Foundation