Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women

Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women Hawaii State Commission on Status of Women (HSCSW) works for equality for women and girls in the state by acting as a catalyst for positive change through advocacy, education, collaboration and program development.
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Unfortunately, due to the unexpected increase in COVID-19 cases on Oahu, this event is postponed. Please check back as w...
09/03/2020

Unfortunately, due to the unexpected increase in COVID-19 cases on Oahu, this event is postponed. Please check back as we plan to reschedule “Bye Gender Binary” as soon as we are able!
#ByeBinary #FightTheCistern #TheNewGenX

Tomorrow is the deadline for voting registration in Hawaii. Those with a drivers license can apply with a few clicks at ...
07/09/2020

Tomorrow is the deadline for voting registration in Hawaii. Those with a drivers license can apply with a few clicks at olvr.hawaii.gov! Don’t forget to share the importance of voting with your friends and ohana! Make your voice heard ✊🏽💪🏾

07/04/2020
Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women

There's help if you need money for rent, and you don't need to provide your social security number. Here's a video for how to apply.

Covid-19 has made it very difficult for local families to make ends meet. If you are an O'ahu resident struggling to meet household expenses due to this global pandemic, watch the video below to learn more about a fund that provides up to 1,000 a month to eligible families and individuals!

07/04/2020
Honolulu Hardship Relief Fund

Covid-19 has made it very difficult for local families to make ends meet. If you are an O'ahu resident struggling to meet household expenses due to this global pandemic, watch the video below to learn more about a fund that provides up to 1,000 a month to eligible families and individuals!

Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women's cover photo
06/24/2020

Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women's cover photo

Single mothers are a strong, vital part of the fabric of our community. We are dedicated to uplifting their voices and c...
06/24/2020

Single mothers are a strong, vital part of the fabric of our community. We are dedicated to uplifting their voices and concerns--help us empower Hawaii's single moms in this post Covid-19 world by sharing or filling out our Single Mom Survey! The survey can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ydb4bc67

A shortened, reader friendly summary of our feminist economic recovery plan for a post-covid world. Maui County has move...
06/22/2020

A shortened, reader friendly summary of our feminist economic recovery plan for a post-covid world. Maui County has moved to adopt our plan, Honolulu county should be next! #buildingbridgesnotwalkingonbacks

Let's pass the first feminist recovery legislation in the country!The feminist economic recovery legislation is schedule...
06/17/2020

Let's pass the first feminist recovery legislation in the country!

The feminist economic recovery legislation is scheduled for public hearing THIS FRIDAY, June 19, at 9:00 a.m. The measure will commit the county to factoring women and gender inequities into all aspects of the recovery from COVID-19, and calls on the Mayor to do the same.

Send written testimony ASAP in SUPPORT of CC 20-329 the feminist economic recovery to [email protected]. See sample testimony in pic!

06/03/2020

New study shows 68.8% of LGBTs in Hawai'i experience intimate partner violence. Feminism must include our LGBT family.https://hawaiijournalhealth.org/past_issues/HJHSW_Jun20.pdf

Our Statement for Black LivesThe Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women condemns the recent murder of George Fl...
06/02/2020

Our Statement for Black Lives

The Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women condemns the recent murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery as well as centuries of Black death tolerated, sanctioned, and performed by state actors. These were not isolated manifestations of personal bias but consistent with anti-Black racial ideology – a norm – pervasive throughout Hawaiʻi, the United States and the globe. The Commission stands with Black communities against racism and fascism in the quest for collective justice.

The State must do better to respond to anti-Black racism and police violence in Hawaiʻi, a society recently organized by a “master race” that sowed racial divisions and disparities which continue to operate in our systems. The Commission witnesses daily the devastating impact of racial hierarchy in the lives of women in Hawaiʻi. The Commission is also cognizant of a culture of violence throughout HPD which includes rape.



Hawaiʻi is not exempt from systemic racism. It is invasive in our institutions. When Black people make up less than two percent of the population but preterm birth rates in Hawaiʻi, i.e., births of babies with the highest mortality rate, are twenty-seven percent higher than the rate among all other women in Hawaiʻi, we have a problem. We cannot pretend racism does not threaten Black lives from their beginning. We must invest in the health, wellbeing, safety and survival of Black people in Hawaiʻi from birth to adulthood.



Anti-Blackness was central in the colonization of the Pacific by white people. This devaluing of Black lives has obscured the long record of Black leaders in Hawaiʻi such as Anthony Allen and Alice Ball. Racism also assumes other shapes here. These include exclusion, silencing, stereotyping, racial profiling, violent encounters, police violence, mass incarceration and sexual terror. Together they comprise a total system of oppression that privileges white people and those who align with them. State-sanctioned violence that is rooted in anti-blackness has ripple effects across the islands. This system must be radically transformed.



We cannot be neutral. We must ensure that we are doing our part not to perpetuate inequality, white supremacy and anti-Blackness, especially on Native Hawaiian land. We must commit to feminist justice reform. We must respond because racism, sexism and classism are bound together and must be changed simultaneously. Accordingly, the Commission calls on all of government to affirm the value of Black lives in action and policy. Black lives matter.

04/11/2020

STATEMENT
Tonight’s COVID-19 Curfew and Intimate Terrorism:

The Hawaiʻi State Commission on the Status of Women is concerned that the Oʻahu and Maui curfews effective tonight could jeopardize public safety during COVID-19, as women are members of the public.

Historically, 10-15% of domestic violence victims on Oʻahu seek emergency shelter during the late night hours when the weekend curfew will be in effect. A curfew during a domestic violence crisis, especially without a clear exemption for help-seeking victims, could result in fatalities. The continuing issuance of ever-tightening movement restrictions without provisions for women’s safety amounts to state-backed violence.

The Commission seeks formal clarification that county curfews do not apply to victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, sexual assault or sex trafficking seeking assistance or refuge, and where to go for resources. The curfews should also not be extended beyond Easter weekend.

Jurisdictions around the world are observing up to 30% increases in domestic violence alone. The curfews pose yet another barrier to help-seeking during the pandemic lockdown-- they are likely to embolden abusers and further limit women's ability to escape. The threat of interaction with law enforcement may especially intimidate women of color and immigrant women from attempting to leave, regardless of other logistics. Unlike most states, nearly one in five women in Hawaiʻi is an immigrant.

We are observing an increase in reports of landlords on multiple islands pressuring “arrangements” and sexual conduct fr...
04/08/2020
Hawaii landlords reportedly exchanging sexual favors for rent amid pandemic

We are observing an increase in reports of landlords on multiple islands pressuring “arrangements” and sexual conduct from women unable to pay rent due to lost income from the COVID-19 crisis. Please feel free to share this new guide for women.

https://www.kitv.com/story/41988398/hawaii-landlords-reportedly-exchanging-sexual-favors-for-rent-amid-pandemic

The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women recently observed an increase in reporting of landlords preying on tenants’ financial stress during pandemic to request sexual favors and arrangement

🚨 Feminist COVID-19 Alert - UPDATE: Full-time AND PART-TIME employees can qualify for paid leave!.✅ With your employer i...
03/28/2020

🚨 Feminist COVID-19 Alert - UPDATE: Full-time AND PART-TIME employees can qualify for paid leave!
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✅ With your employer if the Families First Coronavirus Response Act applies to you. More information can be found at the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Wage & Hour Division’s website.

Here's a participatory document to tell us what women, moms and girls need during the crisis, and a guide for how to hel...
03/24/2020
COVID 19 + Women

Here's a participatory document to tell us what women, moms and girls need during the crisis, and a guide for how to help.

COVID-19 + Women* in Hawaiʻi GUIDANCE Please do not alter this section This is an open document intended for the community and facilitated by the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women. *This document is meant to center women, non-binary, femme identified, and women aligned people,...

🚨 Feminist COVID-19 Alert:Access to testing tomorrow!
03/21/2020

🚨 Feminist COVID-19 Alert:

Access to testing tomorrow!

🚨 Feminist COVID-19 Alert:Kids in Hawaii who rely on school to eat will not go hungry during the pandemic.DOE is offerin...
03/21/2020

🚨 Feminist COVID-19 Alert:

Kids in Hawaii who rely on school to eat will not go hungry during the pandemic.

DOE is offering grab-n-go meals at 39 sites.

Important announcement. Note that there are more details and caveats not included on the image. Please check with your e...
03/20/2020

Important announcement. Note that there are more details and caveats not included on the image. Please check with your employer for specifics.

Important update
03/19/2020

Important update

No better way to honor #InternationalWomenDay online than to share this important resource. End violence against all wom...
03/09/2020

No better way to honor #InternationalWomenDay online than to share this important resource. End violence against all women-identified and gender nonconforming people in Hawai’i:

Calling is caring. Our lives are on the hotline!

A new measure of gender equality—the Feminist Mobilization Index— calculates feminist movements' existence, strength, an...
03/07/2020
New research shows the power of feminist movements around the world

A new measure of gender equality—the Feminist Mobilization Index— calculates feminist movements' existence, strength, and autonomy. The index provides a more complete picture than ever before of activist trends over time and across 126 countries, including showing how activism takes place in waves around the world and how activism includes activities apart from established women's organizations.

BURNABY, British Columbia, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Over the last 50 years, feminist movements have become a powerful force in advocating for gender equality. But how powerful? New research

The world’s only official feminist government. This week we hosted Swedish Ambassador Per-Anders Sunesson to learn about...
03/06/2020

The world’s only official feminist government. This week we hosted Swedish Ambassador Per-Anders Sunesson to learn about countries with remarkable systems that revolve around gender equality. We all know Sweden views prison as a last resort and as rehabilitation. But did you know Sweden views sex buying as an act of violence and disrespect of women and LGBTs? They decided to end the system of prostitution because it wasn’t consistent with a vision of gender equality. They decriminalized sex workers and offered alternatives to them, and ended men’s demand primarily through fines and education. Since 1999, zero sex workers have been murdered. Thank you, Sweden for being a beacon to the world.

🌟Meet our Researcher! ✨Sarah Michal Hamid is a Women's Studies & Sustainability Studies student at the University of Haw...
02/07/2020

🌟Meet our Researcher! ✨
Sarah Michal Hamid is a Women's Studies & Sustainability Studies student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Prior to working with Ka Komikina Kūlana Olakino Nā Wāhine, Sarah served as the Community Outreach Coordinator and a research assistant on the SMART Ala Wai Project, where she worked with students and community members to envision and work towards a more sustainable and resilient ahupuaʻa of Waikīkī. Over Summer 2019 Sarah was selected as Peace Scholar and traveled to Norway to learn about peace, dialogue, and international solidarity movements with/and the Indigenous Sámi people of Norway. Sarah understands the intimate and intricate connections between land and womxn, and hopes to work towards womxn’s liberation while also protecting the Earth.

01/30/2020
How are we going to use this Legislative Session to stop sex trafficking? Support HB2062.
01/28/2020

How are we going to use this Legislative Session to stop sex trafficking? Support HB2062.

📣 We’d love to hear from you!
01/27/2020

📣 We’d love to hear from you!

⚠️ Email ctrinh@dhs.hawaii.edu to RSVP! See previous posts for more information.
01/20/2020

⚠️ Email [email protected] to RSVP! See previous posts for more information.

12/18/2019
Alborada

"The oppressor state is a macho rapist."

During the ongoing protests, the Chilean feminist movement's performance of 'Un Violador en tu Camino' (A Rapist in your Path) has been taken up around the world, with repeat performances in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Barcelona, Madrid, Amsterdam and several other cities.

The verses denounce gender-based violence, impunity and the high rate of sexual violence committed by Chilean security forces towards detained protesters.

For more on the Chile protests, go to: https://alborada.net/tag/chile/

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“There are only enough regulated child-care spots for 1 out of every 37 infants and toddlers in Hawaii. Someone needs to stay home to care for the very young, as well as the ill and aging. That someone is often a critical source of income for their family. Impossible choices follow.” -Khara Jabola-Carolus