so black women and girls can authentically be...

so black women and girls can authentically be...

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es·sence /ˈesəns/ noun: the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something, especially something abstract, that determines its character.

The qualities of Black women and girls, our narratives, our stories are fluid. We are abstract multifaceted beings with depth and range. The “essence” of Black women and girls is centered in how we show up authentically by our own definitions, on our own terms. Black women and girls (BWGs) are integral to the fabric of thriving vibrant communities and families, and yet we still experience acts of racism, sexism, adultification, and transphobia that minimize our ability to live authentically and access our full potential.  BWGs are routinely invisible in research, advocacy, and policy. Our experiences become lost at the intersection of race and gender and are overshadowed by the experiences of our counterparts. As a result, BWGs are inhibited by structural barriers and systemic oppression. The disparate rates at which BWGs are disciplined and criminalized in school, experience intimate partner violence and incarceration are some of the ways that illustrate the vulnerable position in which we are left when our experiences go unrecognized. This project is a critical step towards enhancing intersectional research and promoting the inclusion of BWGs narratives in mainstream discourse.  This research will inform and influence service providers, funders, and policymakers while uplifting and affirming the voices of all Black women and girls.

In Spring 2019, Grantmakers for Girls of Color issued a call to action to step forward and take charge of advancing research that centers the voices and experiences of girls of color. With the release of their seminal report Start from the Ground Up: Increasing Support for Girls of Color, Grantmakers for Girls of Color provided a framework to support girls of color in our communities. I Be Black Girl in collaboration with University Nebraska at Omaha STEPs is answering that call by conducting localized research that aims to:

  • Define what is meant by “Black women and girls” (BWGs) and examine the tensions in those definitions
  • Explore the everyday structural barriers as described by BWGs
  • Map challenges faced by and budding opportunities for those supporting BWGs on the ground
  • Inform recommendations for service providers, funders, and policy advocates aspiring to develop increased intentional support for BWGs

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