As we make our way through the holidays, charities across the globe are asking us to open our wallets to their causes and organizations. The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, also known as #GivingTuesday, has become known as an international day promoting charitable contributions. It started in 2012 and has gained popularity in marking the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season ever since.
Here are a seven charities to consider putting your money towards, all of which support Latina causes and interests.
Paz Para La Mujer
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When it comes to natural disasters, there’s a silent tragedy that largely goes overlooked. Along with the many other affects women face after a catastrophe, natural disasters also increase the likelihood of women becoming victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Paz Para La Mujer is a non-profit running on a mission to “strengthen gender equity and human rights.” Their work is becoming a vital aspect of securing the safety of women facing abuse after Hurricane Maria.
Check out how to help Paz Para La Mujer here.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
The national conversation surrounding abortion and reproductive health rights is an important one, but it often ignores some major factors that influence Latinas. When it comes to the resources and health care straight Latinas and Latinx members of the LGBTQI+ community need, issues like immigration status, language, class and domestic violence aren’t considered. The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health is an organization fighting to make abortions more accessible to women, as well as helping Latinas access better health and preventive services.
Sign up to volunteer with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health or, donate here.
End Rape on Campus
Did you miss our #CenteringtheMargins launch in DC last month? Join us for our CHICAGO celebration tomorrow at 6:30pm! Come mingle, learn more, and hear from an expert panel discussion on how we can all better advocate for marginalized survivors. Info and RSVP: centeringthemargins.splashthat.com Can’t make it? Watch on livestream tomorrow: periscope.tv/endrapeoncampus
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Attention to the country’s campus sexual assault crisis has slowed down a bit this year but the number of assaults still occurring on college campuses is proof that the situation remains dire. Hundreds of students across the country continue to face assault and rape by their peers and teachers on campuses, and many universities are still failing to handle those cases. Andrea Pino, a sexual assault survivor, is the co-founder of End Rape on Campus. Her involvement in the organization has helped advocate for policy reform on both local and federal levels.
Donate money to End Rape on Campus here.
Ending detention and incarceration is integral to our liberation as trans individuals. The U.S. prison system is legalized slavery, and the system exists to catch slaves to work. Our communities are disproportionately affected by this and will continue to be affected until we take matters into our own hands. #EndTransDetention #RiseUpAsOne #Repost @justicelanow ・・・ #Transgender people are 9 times more likely than other prisoners to encounter sexual harassment or assault within 12 months of admission. #JusticeLANow #MeToo
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Studies on the abuse, harassment and rates of homelessness in the Latinx trans community reveal that Latino/a/x transgender women experience some of the highest rates of violence in the trans community. The Trans-Latin@ Coalition is an organization that came together in 2009 in an effort to advocate for Trans Latinxs immigrants residing in the United States. Together the group works with policy makers and support organizations to help find solutions to the needs of members of the community.
To help members of the Trans Latin@ community, donate here.
— medshare (@medshare) November 28, 2017
MedShare is a national non-profit organization that collects medical supples and equipment as well as items such as feminine hygiene products, soap, diapers, baby wipes, shampoo and oral hygiene kits. They then redistribute supplies to hospitals in developing countries. The organization isn’t solely focused on women but the items it collects directly help women and their children.
Go to MedShare’s site and learn how to donate here.
Casa de Esperanza
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One in three Latinas will witness domestic violence under their own roof at some point during their life. Casa de Esperanza is a non-profit pushing a mission that works to “mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence.” The organization was founded in 1982 and gives Latinas, their children and other women experiencing domestic violence emergency shelter. It also works to provide resources to organizations addressing issues related to sexual assault and sex trafficking. It’s the country’s largest organization for Latinas that is focused on domestic violence.
Check out Casa de Ezperanza’s site and donate here.
Latino STEM Alliance
Our students speak Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Vietnamese and much more! #Diversity #DiversityinSTEM #GivingTuesday Visit our website for more: https://t.co/tPhuRD6I4M pic.twitter.com/ymRAAbWteS
— Latino STEM Alliance (@LatinoSTEM) November 28, 2017
There are many reasons why our society is so behind in understanding women’s rights, but a lack of women STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics ) is a massive part of the problem. For decades, careers in research, engineering, medicine and education have been monopolized by men who’ve made themselves a priority in their fields. It’s why women have, for years, had to endure the harsh side effects of things like the birth control pill (which was developed by male researchers) while also having to fight for their own reproductive rights. Ensuring that Latinas participate in STEM is a vital aspect of securing their rights and futures. Latino STEM Alliance is an organization that funnels money into giving Latino students access to project-based learning curriculum, access to STEM-focused education and parent engagement events.
Learn more about Latino STEM and donate here.