Committee Updates include: Advocacy & Community Outreach, November 9th Tea Reception, 2015 CSW Fellowship Research, 2010-2014 Fellows Alumni Status, WomenNC – Volunteer Opportunities and Highlighted News & Events to Share (ERA, UN Women Nov. 24, WNC Forum Feb. 19, 2015).
WomenNC Advocacy & Community Outreach
August 2014 – Women Equality Day – WomenNC’s team participated in the Moral Monday for Action – a rally on Women’s Equality Day, NC State Capital in Raleigh.
September 2014 – Cities for CEDAW* conference call with San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. WomenNC is the member of the national campaign promoting Cities for CEDAW and hopes to ratify CEDAW in NC cities in the future.
- Discussing Cities for CEDAW* in Raleigh, NC – WomenNC’s Advocacy Team met with Mayor MacFarlane, Raleigh City Manager and HR Director, to initiate the dialog about potential CEDAW ratification at the Raleigh city-level. Adoption would impact women’s daily community lives by improving policies and opportunities, and increase fund allocation for women-related programs.
- Girls Rock NC Rally -10th Anniversary Celebration, Carrboro, NC – WomenNC Advocacy Outreach Display – several board members and fellowship alumni advocated for CEDAW and WomenNC’s mission by distributing information and collecting CEDAW petition signatures.
- American Medical Student Association National Conference, hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. WomenNC Advocacy and Outreach co-chair Marie Garlock, spoke alongside NC Women United’s President, Tara Romano, in a session focused on encouraging medical students to be both clinicians as well as advocates for their patients.
See Summary at: http://www.ncwu.org/teaching-advocacy/
Want to learn more about CEDAW* in less than 15 minutes?
CEDAW Quick & Concise: Explaining Three Core Principles (Links to You-Tube Descriptions):
*CEDAW – Convention on the Elimination of All Discrimination Against Women
WomenNC Tea Reception Event
WomenNC hosted our Fall Tea Reception on Sunday, November 9th at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC. Guests included long-time supporters of WomenNC and we welcomed many new faces.
Highlights of the afternoon included introductions from our impressive group of new 2015 CSW Fellows, who touched on their upcoming research projects. Our special guest speaker, Katie Starr, presented a fantastic speech relaying how her WomenNC 2011 Fellowship shaped her recent experience working with the Peace Corps in Indonesia and impacted her Masters pursuit at UNC-Chapel Hill.
It was a wonderful time had by all!
We look forward to seeing you and your colleagues, at WomenNC’s 6th Annual Local-to-Global Fellowship Dinner Forum, February 19, 2015 – Save-The-Date!
CSW** 2015 Fellowship Update
The newly awarded WomenNC 2015 Fellows and their Mentors have participated in two of the seven Leadership Workshops to-date, led by WomenNC CSW Co-Chairs. The goal of these initial workshops was to thoroughly review the Fellowship Program, and to facilitate the selection of their research topic based on their passion, relevant local partner organization and alignment with the 59th CSW Priority Theme (Beijing +20).
2015 Fellowship Research Selections (Link to Complete: Student Bios):
- Women’s Access to Reproductive Health through Local Clinics– Justine Schnitzler (NCSU ‘17)
- Injustices Endured by Victims of Trafficking & Violence Against Women – Josh King (UNC-CH ’14)
- Sexual Education of Young Girls and Boys to Prevent VAW – Dana Raphael (Duke ’17)
- Women and the Economy for Hospitality Workers – Alison Domonoske (UNC-CH ’15)
- Women’s Equality in the Military – Liv Alvarado (Meredith College, Grad Student ’15)
- Women in the Media (Political Leadership) – Dina Shehata (Grad Student NCSU ’16)
- Women Exiting the Criminal Justice System – Mina Ezikpe (Duke ’17)
** CSW – Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women Conference, held annually.
WomenNC Fellows Alumni
Want to learn what our 23 past WomenNC Fellows are up to? Check the recently released WomenNC Alumni Status Update web page. Many are involved in amazing programs locally, nationally and abroad, while continuing to give-back to their community and promote Women’s Human Rights.
If interested in an Alumni Fellow speaking at an upcoming event, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WomenNC – Volunteer Opportunities
Join us and share your talents! We’re in need of the following WNC Board Co-Chair positions – Fund Development, Public Relations, and Advocacy & Outreach Co-Chairs, and a graphic designer to assist with PR. Please contact us at email@example.com; feel free to forward to a colleague. We’d love to have you!
News & Events to Share
Did you know . . . The ERA passed! Well . . . at least an overwhelming majority of voters in Oregon agreed to amend their state’s constitution to ensure “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the state of Oregon or by any political subdivision in this state on account of [gender]”. The passing of the Equal Rights for Women Amendment Measure 89 is heartening news for organizations such as WomenNC, whose work revolves around passing the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
As people evolve in the United States to protect, promote, respect and fulfill the rights of all women, perhaps an international bill of rights is just over the horizon!
On Behalf of UN Women: The North Carolina Chapter of UN Women/USNC and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC Chapel Hill, invites the public to an event in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign on November 24, 2014 at 7pm. The main event is 7:00-8:30pm, followed by a half hour networking. No RSVP needed.
Location: Johnson Center Room 039, UNC Chapel Hill, 218 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC.
Find more information on stimulating speakers and topics at http://www.unwomen-usnc.org/ncevents.
Again– Save-The-Date for an inspiring evening:
Fellowship Dinner Forum Tues., February 19, 2015
WomenNC wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with Family & Friends!
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