Upcoming Webinar: Funding to End Violence Against Women of Color

Join us at 2:00 PM ET on June 25th for the next edition in the Philanthropy Women webinar series: “Funding to End Violence Against Women of Color.”

This important discussion comes at a critical time: as the COVID-19 crisis continues to play a dangerous role in the rise of domestic violence cases; as demonstrations continue in response to the deaths of people of color at the hands of police officers; and as people join together around the world to call for action on behalf of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the countless other women and people of color who deserve to have their stories heard.

The webinar will focus on ways philanthropy can help to end violence against women of color. With the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, we see how women’s lives are snuffed out with no repercussions. Black women in the US are more likely to experience domestic violence, be arrested for it, and be murdered by an intimate partner. This webinar will focus on key strategies funders can take to support women of color as they fight for their right to live and prosper.

Guest speakers for this webinar are Indrani Goradia, philanthropist and activist focused on ending Intimate Partner Violence, and Karma Cottman, Executive Director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Indrani Goradia, Founder of RAFT and board member of Everywoman Treaty and Think Equal. (Image Credit: Everywoman Treaty)

Indrani Goradia is a philanthropist and activist who fights the health and empowerment of women and girls. She is the Founder of RAFT: Resilience for Advocates through Foundational Training (previously Indrani’s Light Foundation), an organization that supports the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of sexual and domestic violence advocates and survivors.

She is a board member of Everywoman Treaty and Think Equal, and her work in the fight against domestic violence has led to campaigns in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Way (of South Africa and the Caribbean), and PSI, among others. Devoting much of her career to international DV programs, Goradia works to raise awareness about and drive out domestic violence in the United States, India, and her home country of Trinidad.

Karma Cottman, Executive Director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. (Image Credit: DCCADV)

Karma Cottman has been the Executive Director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) since 2010. According to the DCCADV website, “As the membership agency for the twelve primary purpose domestic violence agencies in the District, DCCADV provides leadership to all sectors of the Washington, DC community to respond effectively to the needs of survivors of domestic violence and their children. The coalition works to strengthen city-wide domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts.”

Before her time with DCCADV, Cottman served as the Vice President of Policy and Emerging Issues for the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), where she is still a board member today. From 2000 to 2010, Cottman directed NNEDV’s policy agenda, and supervised state coalition and housing technical assistance projects. Her work with national policy partners made a pronounced difference in strengthening federal legislation to protect and support the needs of domestic violence survivors.

As demonstrations against violence, calls to defund police departments, and rage in response to the senseless loss of life continue around the world, it’s critical to keep a focus on a part of the story that might otherwise be overlooked: violence against women of color. As members of the nonprofit and funder communities, it’s our turn to find new paths forward and new ways of fighting this systematic issue together.

Don’t forget: Registration is limited to the first 100 attendees, so be sure to lock in your seat by registering at this link.


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