Get Involved with Social Justice through Volunteering!

by Gaby Marraro

Do something good with your free time

My search for jobs and internships has shown me just how lucky I am to live in the city and to have so many diverse opportunities available to me. Still, I can only be in one place at a time and I’ve had
to narrow down the hundreds of choices out there. Although I’ve had to make these decisions, I’ve been left with a list of some wonderful places to get involved in feminism, women’s rights, and social justice around the city, either through volunteering or a paid internship. If you’re looking for some unique ways to contribute during the semester or over the summer, look no further! Here are a few suggestions:

1. National Organization for Women
“The National Organization for Women Foundation is an organization devoted to achieving full equality for women through education and litigation. The Foundation focuses on a broad range of women’s rights issues, including economic justice, pay equity, racial discrimination, women’s health and body image, women with disabilities, reproductive rights and justice, family law, marriage and family formation rights of same-sex couples, representation of women in the media, and global feminist issues.”

2. American Civil Liberties Union
“The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”

3. Equality Now
“Equality Now works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists since 1992, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.”

4. The New York Women’s Foundation
“We are a cross-cultural alliance of women catalyzing partnerships and leveraging human and financial capital to achieve sustained economic security and justice for women and girls. With fierce determination, we mobilize hearts, minds and resources to create an equitable and just future for women, families and communities in New York City.”

5. Human Rights Watch
“Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all.”

Gaby Marraro is a first year at Barnard College and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing.

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