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The Urgency of Equity

The Rockefeller Foundation aims to center equity in all its work.

But we know equity is not only one thing: it looks different in different populations–for instance, broadening access, elevating voice, or providing resources. For a Latino community in Miami, it’s about supporting micro-businesses to create inclusive and sustainable neighborhoods, while for millions of stigmatized in India—including transgender women and men, sex workers, and urban poor—it is about participating in creating pop-up clinics and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.

For the world’s largest refugee settlement, in Bangladesh, it can mean bringing wastewater monitoring to non-sewered alleyways to help prevent disease outbreaks. In the Russell neighborhood of Louisville, it means helping Black entrepreneurs who have never had a break establish or grow businesses. For Indigenous in Canada, it can be access to healthy and fresh food, and in Nigeria, it means bringing technology to support faster and cheaper genomic sequencing. For Puerto Ricans, access to clean, renewable energy is a step toward equity.

Bringing justice to a neighborhood or a nation lifts all. This quarter’s Matter of Impact asks us to consider the many reasons and ways to focus on #MakingOpportunityUniversal and sustainable.

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