Upcoming events from WomenNC (March 25, April 9, April 25)

Here is some information about three upcoming events from WomenNC!

1:  Research Findings: NC Women’s Political Participation (March 25)

Faculty from Meredith College’s History & Political Science departments will share the findings of a report on the status of women in North Carolina politics and will announce the results of the first-ever political poll conducted by Meredith College faculty and students.  The event will address the problem of women’s under-representation in North Carolina politics and will propose solutions to addressing this issue.

This event is open to the public, and it will take place on Wednesday, March 25, from 10:00 AM to noon at the Kresge Auditorium on the campus of Meredith College (3800 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh.

2:  Global-to-Local: 2015 Fellows’ Reflections from the United Nations and the 4th Annual Carolyn King Scholarship Award (April 9)

This event will feature reflections and insights on the global status of women.  In March, WomenNC sponsored seven select university students to participate and present at the United Nations 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. This year’s CSW theme focused on “Implementing the Beijing Platform For Action,” reflecting on the progress made in the past 20 years since the landmark declaration was adopted in 1995.  You can find biographies of the 2015 fellowship students at www.womennc.org/un-csw-fellowship/2015-fellowship.

Also at this event, the fourth annual Carolyn King Scholarship Award will be presented to the 2015 WomenNC fellow who has most exemplified the determination and strength of conviction for social justice.

This event will take place on Thursday, April 9, from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM at the FedEx Global Education Center (301 Pittsboro St) on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill.  The event is open to the public, but space is limited, so everyone interested in attending should register by April 7 by visiting the CSW Symposium’s EventBrite page.

3:  Reading of Teach a Woman to Fish (April 25)

WomenNC is proudly co-sponsoring Ritu Sharma’s book reading of Teach a Woman to Fish.  Sharma is the co-founder and former president of Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit women’s advocacy group that brings women’s voices from around the world to decision makers in Washington, DC.  Her book vividly describes women around the world and how they are striving to overcome poverty.  It also calls readers to action in joining the global struggle for equality and opportunity for women and girls.

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 25, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Quail Ridge Books (3522 Wade Avenue) in Raleigh.

For any questions about these upcoming events, or if you would like to get involved in WomenNC, please contact the organization at info@womennc.org

Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking (March 31)

An anti-trafficking event “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking” will take place on UNC-Wilmington’s campus on Tuesday, March 31 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

The event is open to the public, and it will take place at the Warwick Center Ballroom on UNCW’s campus (601 S. College Rd) in Wilmington.  Activities at the event include a special presentation from Five14 Revolution, a screening of the documentary “Not My Life,” and a discussion.  Notable speakers include New Hanover County assistant district attorney Lindsey Roberson, the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons, and Detective William Campbell of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Below is a link to the event flyer.  Feel free to send it to all interested individuals!

Anti- Human Trafficking event poster

If you would like to attend, be sure to join the event on its Facebook page.  Also stay tuned for an information packet, providing materials such as campus maps, reserved parking locations, temporary parking passes, and an itinerary of the day’s events!

North Carolina Community Based Ministry Café training (March 14)

The Wesleyan Church, in partnership with the Christian Community Development Association, is providing a Community Based Ministry Café in Greensboro on Saturday, March 14.  This is a one-day training for pastors, leaders, and organizers who are interested in reaching and transforming their communities.  Key objectives of this event include training from well-seasoned leaders, networking with other leaders, strategic planning, and a discussion of current trends, issues, and best practices.

The event will take place on Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Christ Wesleyan Church (2400 S. Holden Road) in Greensboro.  Registration of $10 per person includes lunch, materials, and resources.  Interested participants should visit www.wesleyan.org/nccafe in order to register.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dustin Wilson at pastordust@gmail.com or Shawna Amit at amits@wesleyan.org.

SupportHeForShe: Ask men and boys in your life to support your passion

With International Women’s Day happening tomorrow (March 8), we are asking you to influence your friends, work colleagues, family, and neighbors.  Please invite them to join in UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, designed to mobilize men and boys to support ending gender-based violence and discrimination.

A simple and effective way to show support is to utilize social media.  Please ask the men and boys in your circle to post support for gender equality on Twitter or Facebook with a message using the hashtag #SupportHeForShe.  A sample message may look something like this:

I #SupportHeForShe because my (complete the blank) deserves the same opportunities as any man.

You can also ask the men and boys in your life to visit www.supportheforshe.org to learn more about how they can make the HeForShe commitment and create change for the achievement of gender equality.  The HeForShe commitment means you express zero tolerance of discrimination and violence against women; you believe in equal access to social, political, and economic opportunities; you understand that taking a stand for women and girls is taking a stand for humanity; and you speak up when you see physical, emotional, or sexual harassment.

If you know a man who wants his daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, or a female friend to have equal opportunities as men, please ask him to voice his support tomorrow for International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (March 8) and Beijing+20 (March 9-20)

International Women’s Day is this Sunday, March 8!  This year’s observance will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an historic document that was signed by 189 members of the United Nations in 1995.

The Beijing Platform focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, including health, economics, education, violence against women, and human rights.  The declaration envisions a world where women and young girls can freely exercise choices, such as participating in politics, getting quality education, having sustainable income, and living in a society free of discrimination and violence.

This year’s International Women’s Day is also the beginning of UN Women’s Beijing+20 Campaign, which will be explored at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (March 9-20).  This event will celebrate the progress of women’s rights in the last 20 years, as well as review and assess remaining challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform.  For example, more women and girls today than at any previous point in time serve in political offices, are protected by laws against gender-based violence, and live under constitutions guaranteeing gender equality.  However, women earn less than men, a third of women suffer physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes, and an average of 800 women die in childbirth each day.

The Beijing+20 Campaign opens new opportunities to reconnect, regenerate commitment, charge up political will, and mobilize the public.  While the promises of the Beijing Platform are ambitious, they are within reach with each new generation of active and motivated individuals and groups!

UN Women’s executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is calling countries to “step it up” this International Women’s Day for gender equality.  You can find out more information about this year’s International Women’s Day events by visiting www.unwomen.org.

Juvenile Sex Trafficking Response State System Mapping Report (March 4)

On Wednesday, March 4, Shared Hope International will be convening experts from around the country in our nation’s capital for an advance release of the Juvenile Sex Trafficking (JuST) Response State Systems Mapping Report.  This report compares approaches currently being implemented to connect trafficked youth to the services they so desperately need.

Shared Hope would like to offer friends and supporters an opportunity to be a part of this important event!  A webcast of the event will go from 10 AM-12 PM EST on Wednesday.  This will be a great opportunity for local leaders and concerned citizens to learn about trending approaches to state laws, child serving agency response and service provision for the children Shared Hope serves!

Those interested in the webcast can also submit questions during the event to Shared Hope via their Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can learn more about the JuST Response project at www.sharedhope.org/justresponse.org.

Shared Hope International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children.

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall appointed president of National Association of Secretaries of State

PATH NC would like to congratulate NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall on her appointment as the new president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS)!

Secretary of State Marshall replaces former Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, who took office as governor of Oregon on February 18, following former Oregon governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation.  As the new president of NASS, Marshall will serve out the remainder of Brown’s original term of office, ending in July.

Marshall continues to support ending forms of exploitation within our state and beyond.   She is a supporter and friend to PATH NC, and we wish her the best in her recent appointment!

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the US. Its members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs.