Last week, the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment filed a lawsuit, which accuses Activision Blizzard of fostering a culture in which women and other marginalized groups are routinely paid and promoted less, as well as allowing for repeated cases of sexual harassment. Blizzard employees responded to these allegations and the company’s initial response to it by posting an open letter and staging a walkout.
As part of that effort to promote equality in the games industry, the group also provided a list of several charities to consider donating to. In solidarity with that sentiment, we have listed those and other relevant charities below. If you can, please consider a donation.
Black Girls Who Code
Black Girls Who Code is an organization that focuses on empowering girls from disenfranchised communities, between the ages of 7-17, who are interested in tech, teaching them skills in computer programming. Donations will specifically go toward workshops, summer camp sessions, and other learning activities in the STEM industry worldwide.
Women In Games International
Women in Games International is a global organization working toward equality and diversity within the video game industry. Its focus is on creating opportunities for women through mentorship programs, access to technology, assisting with professional development skills, and holding conferences on topics surrounding women in gaming and tech.
Latinas in Tech
Latinas in Tech’s mission is to help Latinas have equitable representation in the tech industry through mentorship, recruitment, and professional development. It works with top technology companies to create opportunities for women, including sharing access to panels and workshops online.
Girls Make Games
Girls Make Games offers camps and workshops for girls between the ages of 8-18 to design and develop video games. Donations help provide scholarships to girls, as well as free tutorials for kids all over the world. The organization has now reached 89 cities globally.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code focuses on closing the gender gap within the tech industry through online resources, in-person programs and clubs, and a supportive network, as well as having an emphasis on those in minority groups. Half of the girls who join Girls Who Code’s programs are from underrepresented groups, including girls who are Black, Latinx, or from low-income families.
RAINN is an anti-sexual violence organization that created, and operates, the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE). It works with over 1,000 local providers and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. Donations also go toward programs to prevent sexual violence, helping survivors, and bringing justice to the situations.
Women In Animation
Women in Animation’s mission is to bring diversity and inclusion to the animation industry. Donations go directly toward scholarships for animation students, mentorships for women trying to advance further in the industry, along with exclusive screenings and panels with those in animation.
Rise Up Animation
Rise Up Animation works to help increase diversity within the animation industry. Each donation goes toward scholarships for students, panels and workshops, as well as mentorship programs to help those in their careers. The organization also works with other charities, such as Women in Animation.
Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence works to end domestic and sexual violence against women and children through specific programs, policies, and campaigns designed to educate people. Part of its programs include training professionals, such as athletic coaches and judges, on how to respond to abuse and violence.