Grantmaking with a gender lens does not automatically exclude programs that serve men and/or boys. Instead, organizations and programs must consider how their work addresses the challenges facing women and girls, strategically engaging participants of either or both genders.
Programming with a gender lens includes the following components:
The Foundations defines reproductive justice in the following way:
Reproductive justice is more than access to abortion service. Reproductive justice includes the concept that women's reproductive health is a basic human right. The most marginalized in our country—including women of color, immigrant women, incarcerated women, women with disabilities, girls, young mothers and low-income women—face worse health outcomes, yet policies and services do not address these disparities.
The Women's Health Leadership Network of the Center for American Progress proposes "four basic cornerstones" for a reproductive justice public policy agenda:
Chicago Foundation for Women values diversity. We believe strength and wisdom comes from all voices, and we embrace the complexities of communities.
Direct service programs and advocacy efforts should reflect the needs and challenges of the community they serve. By including members of the community on boards and in the organization as staff or volunteers, the organization ensures that it is connected and accountable to the communities it serves.
All organizations and/or programs need to be accessible to persons with disabilities, including physical, mental, emotional or developmental challenges.
All organizations and/or programs must be inclusive and respectful of all expressions of gender and/or sexuality.
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