The purpose of this report is to inform emerging policies and practices on early and forced marriage by highlighting the lived experiences of African immigrant and refugee girls and young women in New York City. Sauti Yetu supports policies and practices that are informed by the diversity of experiences in which early and forced marriage occurs across a variety of immigrant communities that protect the health, well-being, and futures of immigrant young women.
The research for this paper was originally conducted in 2008. At the time of this study, there was little data on immigrant African women entrepreneurs in New York City and in the United States in general. To date very little information exists on immigrant and refugee women entrepreneurs in the informal economy particularly in New York City. Attached to this study are recent numbers from the recent U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and analysis out of the Migration Policy Institute.
|3|An ethnography of african immigrant women working in hair braiding salons in Harlem.
This report is a part of a series of reports on the lived experiences and contributions of immigrant African women and families in New York City. Specifically, this series is aimed at documenting the lived experiences of African immigrant women as they contribute to the economy and cultural
landscape of the New York City. This study focuses on the barriers to entering and participating in English language programs for African immigrant women working in the hair braiding sector in New York City.
|4|Sexual and Reproductive Health Research and Report
Made possible with support from the United States Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Health Project and Advocates for Youth Muslim Youth Project.