The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the US. We employ 9

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the US. We employ 9 critical strategies to advancing our mission, NAPAWF employs comprehensive evaluation methods, throughout our research projects, outreach and engagement, and media work. Each department follows strategic work plans and reports back on achieved metrics and outcomes. When NAPAWF is successful, it results in: Groundbreaking research, such as our 2022 The State of Safety report, which aims to better understand how gender and racial discrimination impacts AAPI women. Findings included that 74% of AAPI women report experiencing racism and/or discrimination in the last year; 38% reported sexual harassment, and 12% reported gender and/or race-based physical violence. See here: https://www.napawf.org/our-work/march-2022/state-of-safety Supportive policies for AAPI communities, such as our campaign for Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act, which would remove the 5-year bar for green card holders on eligibility for programs such as Medicaid and allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace; or protections for AAPI women under sex-selective abortion bans, which target AAPI women based on false stereotypes about their “son preference,” and could lead providers to profile AAPIs seeking reproductive health care. Higher AAPI voter engagement: the 2020 national election saw record setting voter turnout for AAPIs. NAPAWF did its part by engaging AAPI women voters in Georgia, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, and Indiana. Over 200 volunteers and paid canvassers made 40,126 calls and sent 12,455 texts in 18 API languages. Increased media presence of AAPI Women’s voices: in the last year, NAPAWF garnered 703 media hits in prominent national and local media sources. We also published 6 op-eds last year. Leadership development for AAPI women: our network includes 40,000+ individuals, with 500 active members engaging in change work within their communities (a 50% increase over the past year). NAPAWF develops new leaders among members through support and training (including a formal Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute). Our members are involved in developing and executing strategy on issue-based campaigns, whether through meeting with public leaders, conducting outreach to community members, or holding events.

About the Organization:

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the US. We employ 9 critical strategies to advancing our mission, NAPAWF employs comprehensive evaluation methods, throughout our research projects, outreach and engagement, and media work. Each department follows strategic work plans and reports back on achieved metrics and outcomes. When NAPAWF is successful, it results in: Groundbreaking research, such as our 2022 The State of Safety report, which aims to better understand how gender and racial discrimination impacts AAPI women. Findings included that 74% of AAPI women report experiencing racism and/or discrimination in the last year; 38% reported sexual harassment, and 12% reported gender and/or race-based physical violence. See here: https://www.napawf.org/our-work/march-2022/state-of-safety Supportive policies for AAPI communities, such as our campaign for Health Equity and Access Under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act, which would remove the 5-year bar for green card holders on eligibility for programs such as Medicaid and allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace; or protections for AAPI women under sex-selective abortion bans, which target AAPI women based on false stereotypes about their “son preference,” and could lead providers to profile AAPIs seeking reproductive health care. Higher AAPI voter engagement: the 2020 national election saw record setting voter turnout for AAPIs. NAPAWF did its part by engaging AAPI women voters in Georgia, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, and Indiana. Over 200 volunteers and paid canvassers made 40,126 calls and sent 12,455 texts in 18 API languages. Increased media presence of AAPI Women’s voices: in the last year, NAPAWF garnered 703 media hits in prominent national and local media sources. We also published 6 op-eds last year. Leadership development for AAPI women: our network includes 40,000+ individuals, with 500 active members engaging in change work within their communities (a 50% increase over the past year). NAPAWF develops new leaders among members through support and training (including a formal Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute). Our members are involved in developing and executing strategy on issue-based campaigns, whether through meeting with public leaders, conducting outreach to community members, or holding events.

organizational budget

5 MILLION - 8 MILLION

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

There are many critical issues facing our country: attacks on reproductive health and rights, voting rights, economic justice and equity, immigration and racial justice, and much more. Political movements and power result in real changes that affect our daily lives in our own communities. Understanding the issues, organizing, and building power are more important strategies than ever. The AAPI people represent a growing and largely untapped power base for achieving social justice—and that potential will only increase in the years ahead. AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States and over the next four decades will come to represent one in ten people living in this country. However, without strategic and effective organizing, our presence alone will not translate into political power for AAPI people, and AAPI women specifically. Organizing the AAPI community is highly resource-intensive in part due to language barriers; approximately 71 percent of Asian Americans speak a language other than English at home, and approximately 32 percent of Asian Americans are Limited English Proficient (LEP) and experience some difficulty communicating in English. There is considerable diversity in the languages spoken, as well; the top 25 languages spoken in the United States include at least 11 different API languages according to the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Effective engagement of the AAPI community therefore demands multilingual proficiency. There has, however, so far been a lack of investment from most movements to engage AAPI women, with the result that they are often left out of conversations around politics and social change. NAPAWF’s goal is to change this by building the political, institutional, and cultural power of AAPI women and girls so that decision-makers hear our voices, address our concerns, and center the voices and concerns of those in our communities who experience the greatest obstacles to self-determination. We use research, analysis, and strategic communications to raise the visibility of AAPI reproductive rights, health, and justice issues.

The Solution:

NAPAWF is the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, we elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the US. We employ 9 critical strategies to advancing our mission, including: Raising the visibility of AAPI reproductive rights, health, and justice issues, particularly from AAPI women in underrepresented groups with comprehensive research, analysis, reporting and strategic communications through media. Building a core base of engaged AAPI women leaders from diverse ethnicities and US regions to advocate for reproductive justice policy change. We accomplish this through training, leadership development, policy advocacy campaigns, and grassroots organizing efforts through 8 chapters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, and Texas. Expanding partnerships for reproductive and gender justice, civil rights, LGBTQ+, immigrant rights, and economic justice organizations. NAPAWF has a unique vantage point as a multi-issue organization that focuses on intersectional analysis. As such, we engage directly with partner organizations to practice working jointly on these issues. Increasing awareness among elected officials and the public about the dangers of abortion bans, including sex-selective abortion bans, and their impact on the AAPI community. Increasing the knowledge base of AAPI women and girls about reproductive justice issues so they can better access information and services. Building AAPI capacity to influence key decision makers at local, state, and federal levels to support and champion policy issues that NAPAWF is leading. Centering community organizing work. We develop leaders in local communities, and these leaders directly create change on issues that impact them. NAPAWF is then able to build and run campaigns that support their efforts. Focusing on being a strong ally and partner to other justice organizations. NAPAWF contributes the unique lens/experiences of AAPI women and we are reliable partners in advancing coordinated justice movements. Raising the visibility of AAPI women and girls’ interests and intersectional experiences in our courts, particularly women from underrepresented groups such as immigrant women and low-income AAPI women, through legal and judicial nominations strategies.

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