DOL Allocates Over $1.5M to Counter Gender-Based Violence in Workplaces

DOL Allocates Over $1.5M to Counter Gender Based Violence in Workplaces

The grants focus specifically on women in marginalized communities.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is addressing gender-based violence and harassment against women, particularly those in marginalized communities. The DOL has now dedicated over $1.5 million in grants to five community organizations aiming to combat this issue.

According to a DOL release dated Sept. 19, the Women’s Bureau and the Employment and Training Administration will oversee these Fostering Access, Rights and Equity (FARE) grants. They will assist survivors and women at high risk for violence and harassment in the workplace. Some applications include creating awareness materials, designing preventive programs, connecting women to services such as legal help and promoting leadership roles for workers.

“Eliminating gender-based violence and harassment wherever it exists is an administration priority, including in and around the workplace,” Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su said in a statement. “The grants we’ve announced today reflect the Department of Labor’s commitment and strategy to ensure workers are safe and respected in their workplaces.”

FARE grants aim to aid community organizations in projects intended to counter gender-based violence and harassment. According to the DOL, the goal of assisting underserved and historically marginalized communities will directly benefit “women of color, people who identify as LGBTQI+, women with disabilities and women affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

Programs in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas recently received funds. However, their impact is expected to extend to additional states, including California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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