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I Am Worthy- For Our Daughters Community Campaign

I Am Worthy LogoFour Girls in Birmingham Alabama 51 years , 250 girls in Nigeria four months ago. Are these two things linked? Absolutely. We are the solution to the issue. Come let us stand for dignity, safety and vision FOR OUR DAUGHTERS.

Saturday September 20, 4pm New Winston Museum 713 Marshall St. Winston- Salem, NC

Join us in a community discussion led by Oyesina Ogunmola as we discuss the problems surrounding the continual misuse of women for the entertainment and comfort of men. This worldwide phenomena create a hostile environment for women and girls to grow and flourish. Let us discuss our responsibilities to address this troubling issue.

This event is free and is a part of I am Worthy’s FOR OUR Daughters Community Campaign. For more information or questions you can visit http://www.iamworthyenterprises.com/ . You may also send an email to worthyiam@gmail.com.

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In Their Own Words, Domestic Violence Survivors Explain ‘Why Didn’t You Just Leave?’

Love | Money | Fear | Family | Shame | Isolation

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In June, after The Huffington Post ran an investigative report on a woman allegedly murdered by her boyfriend, we received an outpouring of responses from domestic violence survivors who wanted to explain why they had stayed with their abusers. We spent the next three months interviewing these women. While they offered hundreds of reasons, ranging from the logistical to the deeply personal, some common themes emerged: Fear. Love. Family. Money. Shame. Isolation.

In this series, you will hear from six survivors of domestic violence about why they didn’t leave sooner. The stories — told in their own words — are as distinct as they are similar. One woman suffered a brutal week of abuse before fleeing. Others stayed for decades trying to make things work. Two women were shot, the bullets narrowly missing their hearts. Another endured years of incessant stalking.


Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.


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World Suicide Prevention Day is Today

Suicide Prevention LogoSeptember 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. If you or someone you know is suffering, you are not alone.  The Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help.  Trained counselors are available:

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called us for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.

By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ for more information.


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Black Women Do Workout Ambassadors & Commitment Day 5K

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“We completely sold out last year which is why it is important for you to reserve your spot early with our promo code BWDW15!

My goal for Black Women “Do” Workout in 2015 is to be the largest group represented at Commitment Day 5K on New Year’s Day, so PLEASE make sure you enter BWDW15  code during registration and get your FREE T-Shirt and FREE registration for any child accompanying you under 12!  

Or, volunteer as a Chapter Ambassador for the walk/run race and FIND OUT HOW TO REGISTER FOR FREE! 

We can do this!  Just click the registration button and we will see you there!”   Crystal Adell


National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIV


PWN-USA’s first-ever SPEAK UP! A National Leadership Summit for Women Living with HIV will begin, bringing 200 women living with HIV from all corners of the U.S., together in Fort Walton Beach, FL. These fierce women are fundraising to pave their own roads to SPEAK UP! Read the stories in this eblast and find out how you can support these awesome efforts!

Why are so many women so passionate about attending this herstoric gathering? Watch these videos featuring women sharing why coming to SPEAK UP! is important to them and their communities.


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Black Women’s Roundtable Assesses the State of Black Women in the U.S.



Contributors to Black Women’s Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014 stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk; Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women’s Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network; Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS

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Don’t Miss Tigerlily Foundation’s Pink Boa Event

The Tigerlily Foundation is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Pink Boa 5k Run/Walk, on September 14, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at  Fairfax Corner. The race will start at the Fairfax Corner Pavilion, 11945 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia. Registration is open, and participants can sign up as individuals or create teams.

This event will bring together more than 500 participants from around the Washington, DC Metropolitan area to raise funds to support young women 15 – 40, before, during and after breast cancer.  Tigerlily Foundation’s programs provide education, buddies, buddy bags, meals, financial assistance and support to young women.  Tigerlily’s Pink Boa 5K Run/Walk will be hosted by Lesli Foster, Anchor WUSA9 and Allyn Rose, Ms. District of Columbia 2012.  Visit our Pink Boa 5K website to register as a participant, join a team, sponsor, donor, fundraise, volunteer or help us spread the word.    We’ll have giveaways, music, fun activities, and lots of friends from around the beltway and there will be lots of fun to be had!   Sponsorships and vendor opportunities available.

Visit the Pink Boa 5K website or email pinkboa5k@tigerlilyfoundation.org.

Mental Health the Focus for Youth Day Celebrations

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Mental Health Matters is the theme of International Youth Day (IYD) 2014. Although an estimated 1 in 5 young people experience one or more mental health conditions, many are afraid to speak out and seek the support they need, due to the stigma doing so can entail. Taking place on 12 August, the IYD event will bring together young people, youth organizations, Member States, civil society and UN entities to discuss the issue of youth and mental health.


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Did You Know That Today is International Youth Day?

International Youth Day 2014Today is International Youth Day, an opportunity to highlight the care, health, housing and other social service needs of youth around the world.

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health:”

“As we mark International Youth Day 2014, let us enable youth with mental health conditions to realize their full potential, and let us show that mental health matters to us all.”  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is imperative that we not only develop programs that specifically meet the needs of youth from diverse backgrounds and socio-economic circumstance, but that we enlist youth themselves in this work.

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The Story of Henrietta Lacks

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On May 17-18, 2014, join the discussion about genomics at a FREE two-day event examining race, class, gender, and bioethics through the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were removed from her body during a biopsy in 1951. Her cells have contributed to many medical advancements, including treatments for polio, leukemia, and influenza.

Join descendants of Henrietta Lacks and Spencer R. Crew, Ph.D., the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of African American, American, and Public History at George Mason University, and curator of *Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: Era of Segregation 1876- 1968, one of eleven inaugural exhibitions to be featured at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as they discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by award-winning author Rebecca Skloot. Family members will provide their perspectives on the life and contributions of their grandmother Henrietta Lacks to biomedical research. Together, Dr. Crew and the Lacks family will explore the scientific achievements and the ethical issues surrounding the use of cancer cells collected from Mrs. Lacks.

This program is produced in collaboration between the Macon Library of Brooklyn Public Library, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, with generous support from the National Genomic Research Institute, National Institutes of Health Foundation.

Teen Girls At a Healthy Weight Perform Better in School


The current study analyzed data from nearly 6,000 adolescent students in the U.K., comparing their body mass index from ages 11 to 16 with how well they performed in standardized tests during those years.

The academic exams, which tested the students’ English, math and science abilities, were given three times at ages 11, 13 and 16. After adjusting for factors like socioeconomic status, IQ and menstruation cycles, the researchers found that, on average, girls who were obese at age 11 performed worse at age 11, 13 and 16 than girls deemed to have a healthy weight. Being obese at 11, the scientists found, was enough “to lower average attainment to a grade D instead of a grade C,” by age 16.

David Katz, the director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, who wasn’t involved in the study, says:

“Girls are much more affected by obesity in terms of mental health and well-being than boys are… The issue with girls is that they’re much more subject to the peer pressure and ridicule associated with obesity.”

He adds the fact that stigma’s negative effect on things like self-image, self-esteem and even depression may lead girls to skip school more often, leading to poorer grades.

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Sisters of Change: Becoming Champions

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“We need to groom women to become champions,” says PWN-USA board member Pat Kelly in this month’s A&U Magazine. “We have to stand up and be counted. If we don’t, it will continue to be a male-dominated world.”

Article by Chip Alfred, Reblogged from A & U Magazine:

African-American women are more impacted by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity in the U.S. Yet when it comes to addressing their plight, it’s mostly men who call the shots and set the agenda. Meet five positive women from across the country who are committed to being a part of the solution, fighting for gender equity.

They call themselves “Sisters of Change.” As members of Positive Women’s Network-USA, they motivate women living with HIV to get involved in all levels of policy and decision-making. They’re raising their voices for women’s rights in the HIV-positive community, refusing to be counted out. In a no-holds-barred discussion, a group of female activists share their stories of surviving the past, embracing the present, and empowering themselves to change the course of the future.

Mary Bowman, twenty-five, from Prince George’s County, Maryland, is a poet, singer, and peer navigator for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Sharon DeCuir, forty-six, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is an HIV prevention program manager.

Loren Jones, sixty-one, from Berkeley, California, is a member of the board of directors, Positive Women’s Network-USA.

Pat Kelly, fifty-nine, from Orangeburg, South Carolina, is the president of “A Family Affair” HIV/AIDS Ministry, Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple.

Waheedah Shabazz-El, sixty, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the regional organizing coordinator, Positive Women’s Network-USA.

Healing and Economic Empowerment

Empowering entrepreneursWhen 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…