We Prioritize Access and Liberation, Not Just Policy Wins

A photo of a group of nine young BIPOC folks (from grantee Choose Yourself) standing outside in a line in front of a running track. They are all smiling or making silly faces at the camera, with some leaning on each other or making dramatic poses.

Civil rights and legal protections, though critically important, do not inherently end the marginalization of oppressed communities. 

That's why Gender Justice is different from Gender Rights. Gender Justice is a response to people's lived experiences of violence and oppression that legal and civil protections alone can't tackle. 

Gender justice as a framework recognizes the role that state, legal, and economic systems can play in perpetuating gender-based violence and oppression.

Laws and policies that are meant to support marginalized communities can at times create more oppression and violence. There are numerous examples where laws themselves punish individuals for the outcomes of their pregnancies, self-defense against harassment or violence, HIV status, and involvement in the sex trade.

Photo of 2021 and 2022 Mobilize Power Fund grantee Choose Yourself, Gorham, ME.