Equality Can't Wait Challenge

Equality Starts Here: Advancing Black Women's Rights in the South (Finalist)

Oxfam America

The Equality Starts Here Collective will increase the power and influence of Black women in the South using advocacy, rights training, policy reform, and research.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
Equality Can't Wait Challenge
Gender equality
Current Work Location(s):
  • Tennessee, United States
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • Louisiana, United States
  • Mississippi, United States
  • Georgia, United States
  • Tennessee, United States
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • Mississippi, United States
  • Louisiana, United States
Priority Population(s):
  • LGBTQ people
  • Women and girls
  • Women
  • Caregivers
  • People of African descent
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • People with disabilities
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

The Equality Starts Here Collective offers a collective approach to building economic, social, and political equity for Black women in the South, specifically Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. Our Collective approach—grounded in an understanding that large-scale social change requires broad coordination—centers on a common agenda, shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and a democratic governance structure with an identified anchor organization.

Decades of targeted disenfranchisement of the Black community, must be dismantled to create an even playing field. By implementing a proven and effective toolbox of interventions ranging from legislative advocacy to grassroots organizing, legal support, media and communication trainings, and direct community education and outreach, we will develop a sustainable infrastructure that accelerates Black women’s and girls’ leadership and activism, igniting change across the nation.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Oxfam America

website: https://oxfamamerica.org/
Organization Headquarters
Massachusetts, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$50.1 to 100 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
301 to 500

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