One year ago today, the Equal Rights Amendment should have been published as the 28th Amendment after meeting all requirements laid out in the U.S. Constitution. The ERA is already valid, despite not being published by the U.S. Archivist, and we will continue pursuing all avenues to push for full recognition.
January 22, 2023, is the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which, until last year, provided legal protections to those seeking to get an abortion.
“We’ve been fighting for sex equality for a century, and our mission is as fiercely urgent today as it was 100 years ago. It’s more important than ever that we enshrine the ERA in the Constitution, because our rights depend on it.”
As Native women in the United States experience some of the highest rates of violent victimization for stalking and sex trafficking, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) strongly supports the efforts to raise awareness of these crimes and offer resources to support survivors.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is a significant day of recognition as trafficking has a long-term impact on human lives, families and households, as well as communities across the globe. Right now, there are approximately 20 to 40 million slaves in the world, with approximately 80% of human trafficking today involving sexual exploitation, and 19% involving labor exploitation. Today’s observance of the illegal practice was implemented to raise awareness in regards to human trafficking, aid individuals and groups in identifying common signs of the practice, and reach victims with resources and support.
As we continue our fight towards the equal constitutional protections of all on account of sex, many new organizations have followed suit and joined forces to become members alongside the 280+ members of the ERA Coalition. As a show of our gratitude and continued support, we would like to take a moment to spotlight our newest members at the start of this new year!