Report: AAPI Women 3x More Likely to Report Racist Discrimination Than Men Over Last Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2020 NAPAWF Contact: Nikki Metzgar (202) 599-7642 / email@example.com CAPAW Contact: Sue Ann Hong (309) 287-6240 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The President himself, along with other elected officials, have taken to referring to the coronavirus as “the Chinese Virus” and using other racial slurs fueling hate crimes against AAPIs through the association of the illness with persons of Asian descent across the nation, against the World Health Organization’s recommendation.
“Not only are AAPI people staying in our homes because we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but now we are increasingly alarmed that we’ll be targeted with harassment and violence because of our race, ethnicity, or national origin if we step outside to obtain necessities or work at our essential jobs, including in health care. This appears to be especially true for AAPI women who, because of our gender, are painfully aware every minute even under normal circumstances, we could be subjected to sexual harassment, physical intimidation, or assault.
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women’s President & CEO Sue Ann Hong issued the following statement in response:
With shelter-in-place policies, AAPIs are more likely to face Coronavirus discrimination in businesses, especially stores and it’s taking a toll on businesses. It’s unacceptable that AAPI women are three times more likely to report harassment than men, according to data collected by Dr. Russell Jeung, PhD at San Francisco State University. These are hard working women, business owners, leaders and contributing members of society who deserve respect and support. Verbal harassment and shunning cause fear that negatively impacts the safety of the AAPI community and the economy. This is the time for communities to come together, support one another and fight the true enemy, and that’s the pandemic.”
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW) strives to nurture Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by expanding leadership capacity, fostering awareness of AAPI issues, creating a supportive network of AAPI women leaders and strengthening community..