We are excited to announce the launch of the Taskforce website and online report, with our recommendations on how to end violence against girls and young women in Chicago! We invite you to visit the website at www.chitaskforce.org.
Based on Roundtable discussions and surveys of dozens of organizations from across Chicago the website is a roadmap for the Taskforce’s action steps to end violence against girls and young women. We’ll be meeting with public officials, issuing a Media Toolkit, and holding workshops around innovative approaches to end violence against girls — and we welcome you to get involved!
UNDERSTANDING VIOLENCE AGAINST GIRLS: The website looks at 5 interrelated forms of violence against girls and young women:
- Teen dating violence
- Sexual violence
- Violence & education
- Reproductive Justice & Violence
- Violence & criminalization
For each, it offers concrete data about violence against girls, and identified issues & needs in the field. The Taskforce is committed to highlighting great work happening across the city as well, and for each section you can read about organizations that are doing innovative work.
POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS ENDORSED BY 40 ORGANIZATIONS: A highlight of the website is a set of recommendations for Chicago Public Schools, Cook County, and the State of Illinois, as well as organizations, foundations and researchers. These recommendations have been endorsed by 40 organizations, representing youth groups, domestic violence and sexual assault groups, city and statewide agencies, policy organizations, and more. They will serve as the basis for our work in the coming year, as we advocate to make Chicago safer for girls and young women.
TOOLS & RESOURCES: The website offers tools & resources that groups can use in their own work. Our resource page includes data sheets, reports and curricula, all free for downloading. And our Occasional Papers series offers evaluations of innovative programs, and evaluation tools that organizations can access.
Our thanks to all of the volunteers who supported this work, and to the foundations that funded the development of the website: the Field Foundation of Illinois & the Verizon Foundation!