Listening Session Reports
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota conducts ongoing research on the status of women and girls in the state to illuminate disparities in outcomes and create solutions through grantmaking and public policy work.
In Minnesota, research data illustrate sharp disparities in outcomes for young women in Minnesota’s communities of color and in greater Minnesota. However, the Women’s Foundation believes data alone does not tell the entire story – hearing personal narratives allows us to get to the community context.
Since November 2015, the Women’s Foundation has convened nine listening sessions featuring young women and advocates from the Somali and East African, American Indian, African American, Latina, Hmong and Karen, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming, disabilties, and northern and southern Greater Minnesota communities. The sessions enabled each community to form its own panels to allow for deeper conversation around economics, racism and culture, school and education, societal and gender norms, safety, and health.
We know problems and solutions are found in the same place and hearing directly from girls and young women of color is an important part of finding solutions. The information gathered from the sessions will help the Foundation develop a statewide agenda for gender and racial equity and increase resources for girls and women across Minnesota with the greatest disparities in outcomes. The qualitative data we gain from the listening sessions will also be instrumental in launching and driving a Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) in Minnesota this year.
Produced with the participation of the White House Council on Women and Girls, Listening to Young Women of Color, Youth & Advocates:Volume I documents the first two Listening Sessions the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota convened November 2015 for young women and advocates from the Somali and East African communities and American Indian communities.
Produced with the participation of the NoVo Foundation, Listening to Young Women of Color, Youth & Advocates: Volume II documents three Listening Sessions the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota convened June 2016 for you women and advocates from the African American, Latina, and Hmong and Karen communities.
We will produce reports documenting all of the sessions, which will be shared upon publication.