Louisiana ranks extremely low in critical and health-related factors for women, including: the health status of women, the safety of women, and the economic status of women. Louisiana’s critical health and economic disparities especially impact the health and well-being of women of color.
NOW, LOVE leaders Julianna Padgett and Betty DiMarco crafted a report on these issues, with input from 13 women leaders from the community.
Many of us see how the current “red” vs “blue” divide is corroding women’s ability to listen to each other, to explore issues of shared concern, and to illuminate common ground. This divide impacts our families and friends, holds back progress, and weakens us as a nation.
In response, NOW, LOVE has launched a new initiative called “Connect, NOW” in collaboration with Ellevate, LA, through which we will host engaging conversations among women in the Crescent City and surrounding areas. The sessions are guided by proven approaches to respectful dialogue and are led by professional facilitators. Our aim is to ultimately diminish the discord that is dividing our community and country, by learning to listen to each other.
The Connect, NOW initiative is currently in a pilot phase. We hope to open it up to the broader network in 2021.