In the last few decades, when the movement against racism began to move, many black women’s organizations have emerged that are in favor of the growth of African-American women. In this article, you will learn about some organizations that support black women.
Importance of Black Women’s Organizations
It is not new news that black women suffer from different forms of discrimination, both from racism and from machismo and sexism.
Due to these injustices, there are groups of Afro-descendant women who had the initiative to create safe spaces for black women who suffer from any type of need or abuse, creating organizations that have had a great reach and have represented opportunities for Afro-descendant women.
Top Black Women’s Organizations in America
In this list you will find the emblematic organizations of black women of the American continent:
- The National Coalition of 100 Black Women: is a non-profit organization, created in 1981 with the aim of supporting black women in sectors such as health, the economy and education, creating channels that provide job opportunities for Afro-descendants. They have more than 60 locations in 28 regions of the United States.
- Network of Afro-Latin American, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women: It is an association that seeks to help Afro-Latin American women, and has developed as an international organization. They are defined as a free space to empower Afro-descendant women who participate in the construction of democratic societies, without racism or racial discrimination, free of exclusion, that promote interculturality.
They have offices in Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Cuba, Belize, Curaçao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Haiti, among others. They are present in more than 30 countries.
- The National Council of Negro Women: Founded by Mary McLeod in 1935, it is a program that provides support for small and medium-sized businesses of African American women, as well as provides medical care for cases of obesity. This American organization has reached more than 4 million African women.
- Association of Afro-American Women (AMAFROCOL): is an association created and currently directed by Emilia Eneyda in 1990, in Cali, Colombia. It arose thanks to the support of black women who suffered from economic poverty in rural homes. Its objective is to provide support to black women in a financially precarious situation, and women victims of gender violence.
Currently, they organize events called “Weaving Hope”, where courses on hairstyles and afro hair styling are taught, and they provide business opportunities for women in different cities of Colombia.
- Mwasi Collective: in French MWASI – Collectif Afroféministe, is a feminist organization and movement founded in 2014 in the city of Paris, France. Her ideas are based on feminist principles along with the anti-racism movement, inspired by the Afrofeminists in the United States.
In turn, this group organizes events where the protagonists are causes related to politics and equal rights of the LGBT community, debates on immigration and the rights of immigrants, and a fight against sexism, the patriarchal system and racism against Afro-descendants.
Every day these organizations reach more people and offer their support through actions, events and talks where they talk about raising awareness about feminism in the Afro culture, creating awareness about racism.
All these organizations, despite having different origins and specific objectives, have the same goal: to be a place of peace, opportunities and sisterhood for Afro-American or Afro-descendant women who have witnessed and experienced injustices both because of the color of their skin and because of being born woman.
It is a struggle of great value, and each of its accomplishments over time, however difficult and small, have undoubtedly improved the quality of life for black women today. The goal is that sooner rather than later they are treated with respect and on equal terms.