Building an Equitable New Normal: Responding to the Crises of Racist Violence and COVID-19 (Part 1)

GWP Members Only Program
Thursday, July 16, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT
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In fall 2019, Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission released a report on “Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race.” This report was the city’s first to examine gender and race together, and it compared Pittsburgh with 89 other cities across more than 40 factors. The findings were stark, and revealed what many in the Black community have known and have been working to address for years: while Pittsburgh has been named “Most Livable” on many national lists, it remains especially unlivable for Black women, men, and children. The most recent manifestations of racist violence and police brutality have again urgently called for the dismantling of structural oppression.

Last month, the Gender Equity Commission made eleven policy recommendations to the City for ‘Building an Equitable New Normal.” Those policy and legislative recommendations align with the commission’s Principles on Gender Equity as well as the United Nations’ UN Women guidelines for responding to COVID-19.  Crucially, the recommendations center the voices, needs, and expertise of actual Pittsburghers and are designed to move us toward a future in which everyone, regardless of gender identity or expression, is safe in all spaces, empowered to achieve their full potential, and no longer faces structural or institutional barriers to economic, social, and political equality.

Join GWP for this opportunity to better understand the Commission’s policy recommendations and learn what’s next in their implementation. This will be a virtual session. Connection details will be sent after registration.

Note: This session is part one of a two-part series. We will soon be announcing the date for part two; a deeper dive with subject experts in the fields related to the policy recommendations contained in this report.


JaLissa D. Coffee
Director of Operations, Homewood Children’s Village
Commissioner, Gender Equity Commission of Pittsburgh

Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D.
Director, Women’s Institute
Associate Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies
Chair, Gender Equity Commission of Pittsburgh

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