Ecology and Women

Women are not only vulnerable to climate change but they are also effective actors or agents of change in relation to both mitigation and adaptation. (

Women and Climate Change
Women’s Environment & Development Organization
A reading list on women and climate change
Women’s rights make a difference for the environment and sustainability
How rising temperatures due to climate change are shortening pregnancies
Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change – The Threats of Climate Change are Not Gender Neutral
Women, Gender Equality and Climate Change Downloadable Factsheet
Women . . . in the Shadow of Climate Change
Understanding Why Climate Change Impacts Women More Than Men
Gender and Climate Change
Introduction to Gender and Climate Change
2020 Pocket Guide to Gender Equality Under the UNFCC

Ecofeminism – Britannica
Ecofeminism for a More Egalitarian World – Energy Observer
Ecofeminism – Women and Life on Earth
The Growing Importance of Ecofeminism

Effects of Natural Disasters on Women
2017 Hurricane Maria Facts
Hurricane Maria Put a Disproportionate Burden on Women
Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004
Hines, R. I. (2007). Natural disasters and gender inequalities: The 2004 tsunami and case of India. Race, Gender & Class, 14(1-2), 60-68.

Flint Water Crisis
Flint Water Crisis – Everything You Need to Know
Flint Water Crisis – A Feminist Issue
New Study Shows Women Bore Brunt of Flint Water Crisis But They’ve Also Led Fight Against it
Lead-laced Water in Flint – A step by step look at the makings of a crisis


The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 committed the United States to sustainability, declaring it a national policy “to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” (
Learn about sustainability

Conservation & Sustainability Efforts
Billion Oyster Project
New York Restoration Project
Green Schools Alliance
Sierra Club NYC
NYC Audubon
NYC Nature Goal 2050

Urban Gardening
Urban Garden Center
Grow NYC
Gardening with NYC Native Plants – A Guide from NYC Parks

For election season, check out
NY League of Conservation Voters

April 22, 2021 is Earth Day

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. (

Official Earth Day Site
United States Environmental Protection Agency Earth Day Site
NYC Earth Day Events
Museum of the City of New York Earth Day learning activities
Earth Day Initiative Site
Greener Days Ahead from Union Square Partnership Site
Earth Day Action Toolkit
Earth Day Teaching Resources from Edutopia
Earth Day Vision from Communities for Recycling

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2021 marks the official 20th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month — but did you know we can trace its history even longer?

Even before its official declaration, SAAM was about both awareness and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse. Looking at the history of the movement to end sexual violence, it’s clear why: It’s impossible to prevent an issue no one knows about, and it’s difficult to make people aware of a problem without providing a solution. The two work in tandem, and they always have. From the civil rights movement to the founding of the first rape crisis centers to national legislation and beyond, the roots of SAAM run deep. (National Sexual Violence Resource Center – NSVRC)

National Dating Abuse Hotline (
Call 866-331-9474 or 866-331-8453 (TDD)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Text:  LOVEIS to 22522
Live Chat

National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – RAINN)
(800) 656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

Safety Prevention (RAINN)
Talking to Your Kids About Sexual Assault (RAINN)
How Can I Protect My Child from Sexual Assault? (RAINN)
If you Suspect A Child is Being Harmed (RAINN)
Safety for Parents (RAINN)
Sexual Violence Prevention (CDC)
Sexual Violence Fast Fact (CDC)
Sexual Violence Prevention Program (NYS Department of Health – NYSDOH)
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (U.S. Department of Defense)
What is Sexual Harassment at the Workplace? Short Overview (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
What You Should Know: What to Do if you Believe you have been Harassed at Work (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
Sexual Harassment in Housing; What to do if your being harassed by your landlord/property manager etc. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Sexual Harassment in Relationships (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Office on Women’s Health)
Getting a restraining order; Protecting yourself from harm (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Office on Women’s Health)
Self Defense FAQ; Devices and Techniques (National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence)

Stop Asian Hate

#StopAsianHate Resources and Organizations

Report Hate Crimes
Organizations that are documenting, tracking, and responding to hate crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander community: – Stop Asian American & Pacific Islander Hate – Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)

Hollaback! – Free Bystander Intervention Training

Crisis Hot Line
(800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255

Crisis Hot Line in Asian languages
(877) 990-8585

Crisis Text Line
Text “HOME” to 741741

Safe Horizon one-on-one online chat system – A leading victim assistance organization with local offices in NYC
Mon–Fri 9 am – 6 pm

Korean American Family Service Center – NYC-based nonprofit that is committed to preventing and ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and relationship abuse, and creating a violence-free society
Bilingual 24/7 crisis hotline: (718) 460-3800

Sakhi for South Asian Women – NYC-based organization representing the South Asian diaspora in a survivor-led movement for gender-justice through direct services, advocacy and organizing, technical assistance, and community outreach
Helpline: (212) 868-6741 Mon-Fri 10 am – 5 pm
Text: (305) 204-1809

New York AAPI Organizations:

CAAAV – Builds the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in NYC
Heart of Dinner – Cooks and delivers Asian meals to NYC’s elderly Asian American community
Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) – Nonprofit organization based in NYC that advances racial, social and economic justice for Asian Americans and other systematically disadvantaged communities through community development
Asian American Federation – Raises the influence and well-being of the pan-Asian American community through research, policy advocacy, public awareness and organizational development
Korean American Family Service Center – NYC-based nonprofit that offers individual and family programs that include counseling, education, advocacy, and support services
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) – NYC-based organization that offers programs in Wellness, Economic Security, and Family Services
Apex for Youth – NYC-based organization providing educational and mentorship opportunities to under-served Asian youth and immigrants

AAPI Organizations Throughout USA:

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) – Elevates AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the US.
Hate Is A Virus – Nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate
National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) – Promotes the mental health and well being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities
Asian Health Services – Provides health, social, and advocacy services for Asian people
Asian Mental Health Collective – Builds a community for Asian mental health support
Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDF) – Protects and promotes civil rights of Asian Americans
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) – Nonprofit legal advocacy group organizing for protections for Asian American communities
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) – Helping Asian communities build cleaner and safer environments and fight big polluters
Dear Asian Youth – A youth-led, global organization that promotes intersectional activism, solidarity with other marginalized communities, and equality and equity
Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA Vote) – A mission to increase civic engagement among AAPI communities

Winners of CWNY’s 2021 Women’s Rights Poster Contest

CWNY invited students in grades 5 – 12 in the five boroughs to create an original poster reflecting a women’s rights theme, and submit it via photograph. We received a wonderful set of submissions. The top two posters are shown below. Winners each received a certificate in honor of CWNY founder, Ann Juliano Jawin, a trailblazer for women’s rights. Click on an image for a larger view. Thanks to all the students who participated!

1st Place: Andjelina Djukic | Grade: 6, Robert F. Wagner Middle School, Manhattan
2nd Place: Linelsa Cabrera Polanco | Grade: 7/8 B, PS/MS 3 Raul Julia School, Bronx

Andjelina Djukic, 1st Place Winner
Linelsa Cabrera Polanco, 2nd Place Winner

March Is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is a clinical condition in which the inner lining cells of the uterus are implanted elsewhere, mostly in the pelvic cavity, causing problems ranging from constipation, pelvic pain to infertility. Below are few of the resources that shed a light on the issue, highlighting the causes, symptoms and the subsequent treatment.

Endometriosis: An Overview (MayoClinic)
What you need to know about Endometriosis (Johns Hopkin Medicine)
Endometriosis: Fact Sheet (US Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Women’s Health)
Endometriosis (US Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Women’s Health)
Diagnosis and Treatment of Endometriosis (Planned Parenthood)
Pain and Endometriosis; (Women’s Care Florida)
When Pain is Endometriosis: (UFC Health)
Difference Between Painful Periods, Endometriosis and IBS: (Orlando Health) 
Treating the pain of endometriosis: (Harvard Health Publishing)
Endometriosis and Fertility: (Penn Medicine)
Endometriosis: Does It Cause Infertility? (American Society for Reproductive Medicine)
What are the treatments for endometriosis? (NIHCD: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
What It’s Like Living with Endometriosis: (US Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Women’s Health)
Differential Diagnosis: Health Conditions with Similar Symptoms to Endometriosis (
Stages of Endometriosis: (Endometriosis News)
Coping with Endometriosis at Work: (

March is Women’s History Month

Did you know?

  • The first Women’s History Day was held in New York City in 1909.
  • The day became Women’s History Week in 1978.
  • In 1987, it became Women’s History Month.
  • Since 1995, every president has issued a proclamation declaring March Women’s History Month.
  • Every Women’s History Month has a theme. The 2020 theme of “Valiant Women of the Vote” is being extended since most 2020 women’s suffrage centennial celebrations were curtailed due to COVID.  The 2021 theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.” The Women’s History Alliance will focus on women’s political involvement and leadership.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
National Women’s History Museum
President’s Proclamation on Women’s History Month 2021
National Women’s History Alliance
Women’s History – Biography
21 Women’s History Month Facts
The Ms. Guide to Celebrating Virtual Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month: How It Started and How to Celebrate – ET Online

March is Nutrition Month

Here are some great resources on nutrition for women and girls!

Top 7 Facts for Wellness in Women

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet (a well-balanced diet adequately meets women’s needs for vitamins, minerals and energy)
  2. Avoid Added Sugar (empty calories that increase the risk of obesity and disease)
  3. Take Calcium & Sunny Vitamin D (for strong bones and metabolism)
  4. Look Out for Iron (lost during menstruation)
  5. Fats in Moderation (saturated or trans fat can promote high levels of blood cholesterol and increase risk for heart disease)
  6. So Long Sodium (prepared food often has excess sodium which increases risk for high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke)
  7. Think Before You Drink (excessive use of alcohol can cause liver damage, heart disease and nervous decline; any kind of alcohol is prohibited in pregnancy)
    National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases, The National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Nutrition.Gov,, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, American Heart Association,

Healthy diet: The Basic Principles with facts and figures (WHO)
Nutrition and health in women, children, and adolescent girls (BMJ)
Healthy Eating for Women (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
Iron Deficiency Anemia: The Plague that continuously haunts the womankind. (National Health Lung and Blood Institute)
Food Shopping Tips (National Health Lung and Blood Institute)
Girlfriends’ Health and Safety Tips (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)
Healthy Eating Habits for Adolescent Girls (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Nutrition for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Lifestyle Management of Women’s Health Conditions (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Is There Really Any Benefit to Multivitamins? (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Why Cholesterol Matters for Women (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
How Does Vitamin D Affect Women’s Health? (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Healthy Eating Plate (Harvard Chan School of Public Health)
Nutrition and Teens: A Guide for Parents (Center for Young Women’s Health – Boston Children’s Hospital)
Healthy Eating (Center for Young Women’s Health – Boston Children’s Hospital)
3 diet changes women over 50 should make right now (Mayo Clinic)
Women’s health: Prevent the top threats (Mayo Clinic)
Should I Take a Daily Multivitamin? (Harvard Chan School of Public Health)
Higher dietary fiber intake in young women may reduce breast cancer risk (Harvard Chan School of Public Health)
Nutrition for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors (Johns Hopkins Medicine)
11 Diet Changes That Help You Fight PMS (Cleveland Clinic)
Facts About Women’s Wellness-Nutrition (Illinois Dept. of Public Health)
Healthy Eating and Women (Office of Women’s Health, US Dept. of Health & Human Services)
A Balanced Diet Is the Key to Good Nutrition and Good Health (HealthWomen)
Healthy Eating and Diet Tips for Women (HelpGuide)
Nutrition Source (Harvard)
The Effects of Vegetarian and Vegan Diet during Pregnancy on the Health of Mothers and Offspring (MDPI Open Access Article)
Nutrition During Pregnancy, Lactation and Early Childhood and Its Implications for Maternal and Long-Term Child Health
Nutrition and Impacts on Hormone Signaling (The Institute for Functional Medicine)
Healthy Eating During Adolescence (University of Rochester Medical Center)
Nutrition for Tweens and Teens (US Dept. of Agriculture)
Role of “Western Diet” in Inflammatory Autoimmune Diseases
Nutrition (Girls Health)
Nutrition & Fitness (Center for Young Women’s Health)
Healthy Eating During Adolescence (Stanford Children’s Health)

February 22-28, 2021 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22 – 28, 2021

National Eating Disorders Association

Eating Disorder Screening Tool for Ages 13 and Up
Can Help Determine If It’s Time to Seek Professional Help

National Institute of Mental Health


Mayo Clinic

The Nemours Foundation


National Alliance on Mental Illness