JWFNY’s advocacy efforts broaden the scope of our work and complement our grantmaking. Each year we hold discussions with experts in various political and social fields, research the needs of our grantee partners, and evaluate how our advocacy efforts can bring the Foundation closer to achieving its mission.
Supporting Our Grantees: Partnering for Success
The programming of JWFNY’s grantee partners is unique and forward thinking, and we advocate on behalf of their work to further show the importance and need for their programs.
We meet with our grantee partners to determine how we can actively support their work. We connect them with other leaders in their particular field, provide them with the opportunity to collaborate and share best practices with other grantee partners, and enhance their program outreach. By strengthening their individual programs, the Foundation is working toward its unified mission of creating a healthier and more supportive environment for women and girls in the Jewish community.
All of JWFNY’s grantee partners utilize advocacy work in their programs to influence social change. In particular, a current grant to Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA) supports a multifaceted campaign aimed at empowering thousands of Jewish women and girls in New York with the knowledge, tools and support to protect themselves from domestic abuse and get-refusal, or divorce refusal. Another grant to Bend the Arc supports an advanced technology platform that will engage over 10,000 individuals, the majority of which are women. The platform will connect disengaged members of the Jewish community by linking their social justice beliefs with Jewish values.
Supporting Our Community: Women in the Workplace
Many of the Foundation’s grants provide women with greater access to jobs and job training. We advocate for fair workplace policies and practices to further support women in their occupations and their opportunity for growth. Furthermore, when determining grant recipients, JWFNY places great importance on organizations’ parental leave and flexible schedule policies. The percentage of women represented on the board of directors and among the leadership staff are also vital components.
Equal Pay Coalition and PowHer Network
JWFNY is a part of the Equal Pay Coalition NYC which has joined with PowHer NY, a network of organizations and individuals that come together to accelerate economic fairness for New York women. Through this coalition, JWFNY participates in Equal Pay Day NYC, advocates for paid family leave in New York and supports legislation on equal pay and fair workplace policies that promote work/life balance.
Supporting Human Rights: Sex Trafficking as Modern Day Slavery
Sex trafficking, or selling a person for sex, is a $32 billion industry. The average age of a girl trafficked for sex is between 12 and 14 years of age, and currently over 290,000 children in America are at risk of becoming domestic sex trafficking victims. As Jewish people and as women, we have a historical and moral obligation to combat sex trafficking.
We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking
JWFNY is an active member of We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking, a multi-organizational anti-sex trafficking initiative led by the National Council for Jewish Women New York Section and Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. With this group of organizations we educate, advocate, and create a dialogue about the impact of sex trafficking has on our society and what we can do to prevent it.
New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition
New York is a leading entry, transit and destination point for trafficking victims. As a member of the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition, JWFNY is one of many organizations that have joined forces to increase public awareness of human trafficking in our communities, enact anti-trafficking laws, improve law enforcement response and increase social services to help women and girls escape trafficking.