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Bipartisan Protect Black Women and Girls Act

Washington, D.C.-(ENEWSPF)- The bipartisan Protect Black Women and Girls Act, introduced by Congresswomen Robin L. Kelly (D-IL), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Co-Chairs of the Caucus on Black Women and Girls, and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), aims to establish an Interagency Task Force. This task force examines the challenges and experiences Black women and girls face across various sectors. These include education, economic development, healthcare, labor and employment, housing, justice, and civil rights. It seeks to promote community-based methods for mitigating harm, ensuring accountability, and studying societal impacts on this demographic.

Rep. Kelly, Clarke, Watson Coleman, and Fitzpatrick introduced the Protect Black Women and Girls Act in 2021.

Historical Discrimination Against Black Women and Girls

Rep. Kelly emphasized that acknowledging the historical discrimination against Black women and girls is insufficient without action. She highlighted the Act’s holistic approach to justice. It aims to enhance Black women and girls’ education, healthcare, economic opportunities, and civil rights. Congressman Fitzpatrick underscored the disproportionate inequities they face. Rep. Watson Coleman and Rep. Clarke voiced their support, stressing the importance of addressing the root causes of these challenges.

The Act calls for a comprehensive examination of the conditions and experiences of Black women and girls. It seeks to improve federal, state, and local policies and programs. It also mandates the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to conduct a study and collect data on the economic, health, criminal justice, and social service factors affecting them.

Stark statistics highlight the disparities faced by Black women and girls. This Act represents a crucial step toward addressing systemic racism and sexism. These disparities include significantly higher rates of pregnancy-related complications, lower earnings compared to white men, and higher incidences of sexual assault and school disciplinary actions. It envisions a coordinated policy effort and strategic federal attention to uplift Black women and girls. It will offer them the equal opportunity to lead fulfilling lives.

This is news from Congresswoman Rogin Kelly.

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