The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation supports programs and advocacy that actively contribute to the safety and wellbeing of Indigenous women and girls. Systemic oppression of Indigenous women, and discrimination that is specifically rooted in colonialist mindsets, has led to the invisibility of Indigenous women’s leadership, work, and voices in the public consciousness.
Due to the historical and current marginalization of Indigenous populations, and due to the United States’ outdated policy on Indigenous tribal sovereignty, which makes it almost impossible for tribal law enforcement to prosecute non-Indigenous offenders, men and people who perpetrate violence against Indigenous women often face minimal or no legal consequences for their actions. In a National Institute of Justice report on violence against Indigenous women, 97% of the women surveyed (n=2,473) stated that the perpetrators were non-Indigenous men 1.
Perpetrators who have assaulted, murdered, or trafficked Indigenous women often walk free because law enforcement dismiss a countless number of cases. This lack of accountability leads perpetrators to feel empowered to continue gender-based violence, causing the murder rate of Indigenous women in some tribal communities to be 10 times higher than the national average 2. The National Institute of Justice report also indicates that 56% of the Indigenous women who were surveyed reported that men have perpetrated sexual violence against them 3.
When missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) are discussed in the media, there is an over-emphasis on victimization without honoring the strength and work that many Indigenous women leaders are doing to fight against this oppression. In addition, the use of passive voice when referring to gender-based violence against Indigenous women limits the development of solutions that focus on the roots of the problem, such as toxic masculinity, entrenched patriarchy, and discrimination in the criminal justice system.
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to address the injustices facing missing and murdered Indigenous women by providing funding to support nonprofit organizations that 1) offer dedicated programming with the goal of improving the lives of Indigenous women and girls, such as initiatives to increase safety and facilitate healing for Indigenous women and girls, 2) create and/or advocate for legislation that increases accountability for men and people who commit violence against Indigenous women and girls, and/or 3) provide legal assistance and/or direct services to families of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
What We Look For
The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation would like to support programs and initiatives that incorporate the following components through existing guidelines:
Please note: The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is not afraid of the word feminism! We encourage you to openly discuss your feminist programming, goals, or approach.
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