100 Days of A Feminist Agenda

Healing From Centuries of Oppression: Our Work Is Not Yet Done

A Partnership between BWB and NOW (National Organization for Women)

 May 6, 2021

Addressing the Femicide:  Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Moderated by Dr. Christina Castro, co-founder Three Sisters Collective  and Kristin Herring, President of Austin NOW

“The abuse of women is well known in history and tells you a lot about what is happening on our earth.” - LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux.


The legacy of violence against Indigenous women and children began with the colonial conquest of Europeans coming to the “New World” over 500 years ago, and it still persists today. In North America, the scores of missing and murdered Indigenous and First Nations women and girls —known as MMIWG, an acronym created by Indigenous journalist Sheila North Wilson in 2012—don’t get the mainstream attention they deserve. 


In the U.S., homicide is the third-leading cause of death among Native women ages 10 to 24, according to the Urban Indian Health Institute, and Native women are victims of murder more than ten times the national average, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Extractive industries like mining, logging, and fossil fuels are some of the largest perpetuating factors of violence, trafficking, and murder against Indigenous women. And in neighboring countries, factories and drug cartels have made towns like Ciudad Juárez epicenters of violence against Mexican indigenous women.


Nationwide, the voices of Indigenous people have united to raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. And though awareness of the crisis is growing, data on the realities of this violence is scarce. On April 1, 2021, newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the formation of a new Missing & Murdered Unit (MMU) within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) to provide leadership and direction for cross-departmental and interagency work involving missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. 


Join us as we talk with Indigenous activists, leaders and journalists about the crisis and explore the ways in which we can activate to support efforts to end the femicides.

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Amplifying LGBTQIA+ Activism and Uplifting the Pursuit for Equality and Fundamental Rights

Moderated by: Paris Hatcher, Director and Founder Black Feminist Future  & Bear Atwood, Vice President, National Organization for Women (NOW)

Guest Speakers:

Gender Equality As the Law of the Land:

The Work to Pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Moderated by: Tyffani Dent, Board member Black Women's Blueprint & Kathleen Murphy (Michigan NOW)

Guest Speakers:

  • Representative Carolyn Maloney (DNY12),   Congressional leader of the effort to pass the Equal Rights Amendment

  • Belan Yeshigeta, Executive Director, Generation Ratify

  • Carol Jenkins,  President and CEO of the ERA Coalition/Fund for Women’s Equality 

  • Delegate Hala Ayala, Virginia House of Delegates

The Unspoken Impact of Police Brutality against BIWOC, TGNC & Latinx Communities

Moderated by: Sevonna Brown, Co-Executive Director Black Women's Blueprint & Triana Arnold James, Georgia NOW State President and National NOW Board member

Guest Speakers:

  • M. Adams, Co-Executive Director of Freedom Inc.

  • Stephanie Morales, Esq., Commonwealth’s Attorney in Portsmouth, VA, founder of the Ctrl+Alt+Del Program, youth mentor as part of the Future Leaders Initiative

  • Neal A. Lester, Ph.D., Foundation Professor of English and Founding Director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University

We Are Not Percentages of a Dollar:

Solutions for Equal Pay Every Day

Moderated by: Pamelya Herndon, CEO of the KWH Law Center for Social Justice and Change

Guest Speakers:

A Holistic Approach to Equitable Reproductive Healthcare

Moderated by: Sevonna Brown, Co-Executive Director Black Women's Blueprint & Annette Bethel (NOW)

Guest Speakers:

323 Days of COVID:

The Lasting Impact on Women

Moderated by: Farah Tanis, Founder & Co-Executive Director Black Women's Blueprint & Christian Nunes, President of National Organization for Women (NOW)

Guest Speakers:

  • Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center

  • Lisa J. Pino, attorney, public service executive, and former Obama appointee and national security official, serving as a Biden-Harris USDA Agency Review Team Transition member.