JLR Conference (May 2)

The Junior League of Raleigh is hosting its second annual Empowering Women’s Conference.  The conference will be on Saturday, May 2, from 8 AM to 2:30 PM at the Center for Community Leadership (711 Hillsborough St) in Raleigh.

The keynote speaker of the event will be Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run.  Established in Charlotte in 1996, this non-profit organization provides young girls with the necessary skills to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences.  Girls on the Run is now in over 200 cities across North America, thanks to the help of over 120,000 volunteers!

The JLR conference on May 2 is a free event, and complimentary breakfast and lunch are included.  Anyone interested in attending may register at www.jlraleigh.org.

SEAHEC Workshop on Human Trafficking (April 20)

The South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) in Wilmington is offering a one-day workshop on human trafficking.  This workshop will address its prevalence, characteristics of victims, and resources available for referral and treatment.

The target audience of this workshop is psychologists, nurses, counselors, social workers, and any other professional within the field of health.  Upon completion of the workshop, attendees should be able to identify the characteristics of a human trafficking victim, identify state laws pertaining to victims and perpetrators, recognize health care needs of victims, and list community resources available to victims and professionals.

The workshop will take place on Monday, April 20, from 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM at SEAHEC (2511 Delaney Avenue) in Wilmington.  This course offers professional health care credits, such as 5 contact hours, 5 nursing contact hours, the Category A NC Psychology Credit, and 5 hours of the National Board for Certified Counselors Credit.

An event flyer and registration form are supplied here in this PDF file.  Interested participants may also register online at SEAHEC’s event page.  For more event information, please contact Amanda Miller at (910) 667-9348 or at Amanda.miller@seahec.net.

Video series for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  The Children’s Bureau and the National Child Abuse Prevention Partners are offering a video series this month called Connections.

The series of videos will be released every Wednesday, and topics will include strategies for abuse prevention, promoting research, and strengthening families and communities.  Tomorrow (April 1) beginning at 2:30 PM EDT, Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner JooYeun Chang will kick off the series with a live web conference discussing the important prevention components of the FY2016 President’s Budget request for the Administration for Children and Families.  Anyone interested in participating can join the discussion at https://esi.adobeconnect.com/cbsession.

More information on National Child Abuse Prevention Month, including tips, tools and resources, can be accessed on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

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!