In a bold move to increase global awareness and action on women’s rights, IMOW is excited to announce its merger with the Global Fund for Women. The merger brings together IMOW’s skills in awareness raising, online advocacy and digital story-telling with Global Fund’s expertise in issues, grant-making and fundraising. Together, we believe we will be far stronger, and have far greater potential to create impact on vital global issues for women.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity,” said Clare Winterton, Executive Director of the International Museum of Women, now VP of Advocacy and Innovation at Global Fund for Women, “Combining IMOW’s unique skills and content with the Global Fund’s expertise and reach will bring together resources and advocacy for the world’s women. Together, we’ll have far greater ability to illuminate critical issues, reach new audiences and spur wider action for gender equality.”
“I am thrilled by the exponential potential that this merger will create,” said Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO of Global Fund for Women. “We see a unique opportunity to engage and mobilize the next generation and to make a deeper impact than ever before.”
Half of a Yellow Sun is a 2013 Nigerian drama film directed by Biyi Bandele and based on the novel of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Biyi Bandele’s feature film directorial debut, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, in a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960′s Nigeria as the backdrop.
When Vanessa Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, she did not come across a lot of stories of African Americans like herself living with the virus. “I knew there were other women out there, but they just wouldn’t come out,” she says. So Johnson worked to change that. Living in Albany, New York, at the time, she became an activist dedicated to helping women disclose their positive status and tell their stories.
As she worked in the field, Johnson observed that when women finally did come out to talk about their history, they didn’t talk about HIV specifically. Instead, she recalls, “when women told their stories, they talked about their childhood. And just like me, they suffered a lot of trauma in the form of abuse. I thought about it intuitively and was like, ‘This is a common thread.’”
Thus, in 2007 she launched Common Threads, what is now a five-day, small-group training session that she offers around the country. It’s designed to help HIV-positive women connect the dots between their life experiences and their positive status and then to increase their willingness to tell their stories and disclose their status to their families, friends and communities. It’s storytelling as a means for disclosure, self-empowerment, HIV prevention and activism.
When an HIV-positive woman is faced with the stigma, shame, fear and misunderstanding of her diagnosis, one of the most difficult, yet most empowering things she can find is her own voice, says Johnson, who now lives in Washington, DC, and whose main job is consulting for AIDS services organizations including governmental agencies and faith-based groups through the Ribbon Consulting Group, which she founded. Read more…
Monday, March 10, 2014, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide observance that sheds light on how the disease affects women and girls. On March 10 — and throughout the month of March — thousands of individuals, organizations, and public health officials will host events and share facts about HIV/AIDS.
Mondays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 7 p.m.
March is Women’s History Month and at the Schomburg we mark this occasion with our Women’s Jazz Festival. Now in its 21st year, Women’s Jazz is our signature performance series. Singer, composer, producer, and activist Toshi Reagon returns to curate three of the four concerts. This year’s lineup includes:
- The Blues Project
- Spelman Jazz Ensemble
- Meshell Ndegeocello and Mem Nahadr
- Carolyn Malachi and THESatisfaction
How often in the DC region are ladies allowed to wear their pajamas in public? With the Tigerlily Foundation, you get to do it at least once a year! Tigerlily Foundation is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Tigerlily Foundation Pajama Glam Party, to celebrate health & wellness with women and girls, on Saturday, March 8th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center.
Guests will enjoy a glamorous line up of activities including music, a pamper stations, glam stations, sweet treat stations, wellness activities, celebrity appearances and much more. The event was created in 2013 by Tigerlily Founder, Maimah Karmo’s, then 10-year old daughter Noelle Karmo, who wanted to design an event to entertain girls while raising awareness for their breast and body health. The event will be hosted by Miss District of Columbia 2013 Bindhu Pamarthi and Guy Lambert (Radio Host WPGC).
The Tigerlily Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates, advocates for and supports young women 15-40 years old -before, during and after breast cancer. Tigerlily Foundation’s programs include education, chemotherapy buddy programs, buddy bag programs, financial assistance, meals, life management support and empowerment services. Tickets for the event can be purchased online. Tickets are $20 for individuals under 18 years old and $30 for adult tickets. Opportunities to sponsor and donate to Tigerlily Foundation are available on the website. Guest will also enjoy raffle prizes, beverages, food, and pictures on the pink carpet.
Dress in your favorite red, pink or purple pajamas and come out for the time of your life—all for a great cause. Bling and sparkle are highly encouraged. The event is produced by Maggy Francois.
What: 2nd Annual Pajama Glam Party to benefit the Tigerlily Foundation created by 11-year old Noelle Karmo
Who: Tigerlily Foundation, President/Founder Maimah Karmo; Pajama Glam Creator Noelle Karmo; Mistress of Ceremonies Miss District of Columbia 2013 Bindhu Pamarthi; Special Guests appearances will by Beth Chryst, Champion Racecar Driver, Vocalist, Sydni Alexander (recently at the Grammy Awards & on Itunes), Lesli Foster (News Anchor WUSA9) and Guy Lambert & Tati (WPGC), We’ll also have beauty queens Sarah Hillware, Chelsea Boone, Mary David, Bilikisu Adeyemi, Mia Simms and more!
Music by: DeeJay Neekola; Fashion Show by Elizabeth St. John; Vendors include: Doterra Oils, Sugar and Ice, Blue Sky Chiaropractic, Stara Glam, Michael Helene Salon, Stella and Dot, Erika Schrieber, Girls Health Ed, WDCW 50, PhilNAILthrophy, Sprinkles Cupcakes and more!
Website/Ticket Purchasing: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=b24146
2013 Event Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd9Ot8XxdR4
About the Tigerlily Foundation and Founder Maimah Karmo (www.TigerLilyFoundation.org)