Make public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls (October 25)

Saturday, October 25, is Orange Day, and UN Women would like you to take action!

October’s focus is on safe and empowering public places with and for women and girls.  Sexual harassment and sexual violence in public spaces – on the streets, on public transport, in parks, in schools, in the workplace, etc. – is an everyday reality for women and girls around the world.  There are few laws in place that actually address this issue and punish offenders.

This Saturday, you can take action to shed light on the issue.  UN Women offers some specific actions:

  • Organize a discussion with members of your community on the opportunities that safe and empowering public spaces with and for women and girls can bring.  Talk about how the issues that can affect women and girls’ rights to public spaces can be addressed in partnership with local groups, such as municipal governments, grassroots organizations, youth, media, research organizations, and others.
  • Share information with your municipality on tools and strategies that can make public spaces gender sensitive and safe for all.  UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Initiative is a great resource for these strategies!
  • Share your messages for ending violence against women and girls in public places at and at

Be sure to download a copy of UN Women’s press release detailing the messages and actions you can take on October 25.  On this upcoming Orange Day, prioritize making public spaces safer for women and girls!

Upcoming UN Women Meetup (October 19)

The North Carolina chapter of UN Women is having a monthly meetup on Sunday, October 19, from 2-3:30 PM.  The event will take place on the second floor of the Cameron Village Library (1930 Clark Avenue) in downtown Raleigh.

Beverly Goll Yekeson of the Liberia Crisis Center will be attending the meeting.  She will discuss her work and provide perspective on the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa.  Attendees of Sunday’s meeting will also have the chance to explore volunteer opportunities with UN Women.

For more information about the UN Women meetup and other events, please visit the NC chapter’s website at

Harbor’s Walk the Track in Her Shoes (October 11)

Harbor, Inc., is Johnston County’s only agency assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Come join them for their Walk the Track in Her Shoes event on October 11 in Smithfield!

Everyone is invited to participate in the walk!  This is a family-friendly event, and it is also a major fundraiser for Harbor, Inc.  The event will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 11, at Smithfield-Selma High School, which is located at 700 Booker Dairy Rd in Smithfield.  Registration fee is $20 per walker.  Proceeds generated by the walk will go toward funding Harbor’s emergency shelter, as well as court advocacy, children’s programs, sexual assault support, housing assistance, and new choices programs within Johnston County.  Download this PDF form for more event information and walker registration.

Harbor is also looking for potential sponsors for this event.  If you or your company would like to be a sponsor, please complete this sponsorship form by October 3, and send the completed form via email to, or via mail to Harbor, Inc., PO Box 1903, Smithfield, NC 27577.

Youth Justice Awareness Month kicks off this week!

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national campaign dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

The campaign invites you to recognize October as Youth Justice Awareness Month.  This is a great opportunity for communities to learn about and expose the consequences of 16- and 17-year-olds being processed in an adult court system instead of through a juvenile court system.

This year’s theme is “The Consequences are Not Minor.”  Over the next few weeks, various issues will be visited, such as racial and ethnic disparities.  The Campaign for Youth Justice will also highlight organizations that are working to end minors being processed through adult court systems.

Be sure to follow the Campaign for Youth Justice’s Facebook and Twitter pages for upcoming information on events throughout the month!



Engaging Artists to End Violence Against Women (September 25)

Orange Day is tomorrow, and UN Women would like you to take action!

The theme for this month is engaging artists.  All types of art–music, poetry, drama, and visual– can be utilized to challenge stereotypes and change attitudes.  Art is a powerful way to call for an end to violence against women and girls!

Here are some of the things you can do this upcoming Orange Day:


  • Host a film screening, art exhibition or musical concert to draw attention to the issue.
  • Reach out to national and local artists – painters, actors, photographers, poets, dancers, musicians, actors – and invite them to participate or speak at the event.
  • If you are an artist, speak out on the issue of violence against women and girls. Share messages and pictures of yourself wearing orange to raise awareness of the pandemic via social media.  Share your messages and creative projects at and using the hashtag #OrangeDay.
  • Share your effective initiatives which utilize art as a tool for ending violence against women and girls at


You can find a list of sample social media messages by clicking on this PDF file supplied by UN Women.  Don’t forget to wear orange tomorrow, and say NO to violence against women and girls.

La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014 (September 21)

Sunday, September 21, is La Fiesta del Pueblo 2014!

La Fiesta del Pueblo celebrates Latino art and culture, informs participants about local services and issues, and encourages participants to take community action. The event showcases popular folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children’s activities, and Latin American cuisines.

The event will be on Sunday from 12 noon until 7 PM at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.  For a list of confirmed participants and vendors, a general map of La Fiesta del Pueblo, and a map for free parking in the downtown area, please click on the following link at

Talking Back: A Conversation about Women with NC Policy Makers (Sept. 25)

The NC Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women invites you to lunch and a lively discussion at the Executive Mansion.

Talking Back:  A Conversation about Women with NC Policy Makers will take place on Thursday, September 25, from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Governor’s Mansion (200 N. Blount Street) in Raleigh.  The event will include lunch, social media training, and the opportunity to meet with respected policy makers in North Carolina, Representative Renee Ellmers and Congressman David Price.

Registration to attend is $25, and the registration deadline is Wednesday, September 17.  For more information about the event, please contact Maria Murray Reimann at  You can also register online by visiting