Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby Storm’s mother speaks on gender, parenting and media


The bus driver smiled at me, my three children, the snacks that were rolling in all directions and the grocery bags hung too heavy on the back of the stroller. As always, he said, "You got everyone?" Then he added, "I haven’t seen you this week!" I was so relieved. "I’m glad to hear that," I said.

We went to soccer class, played in the park with friends, read books at the library, learned a little bit about dinosaurs and observed the butterflies that only yesterday hatched from chrysalises in our kitchen. Jazz and Kio drew pictures. Jazz wanted to go to badminton at a local gym. An ordinary day.

My name is Kathy Witterick. I’m shy and idealistic, and all my life I’ve worked in the field of abuse and violence prevention. I married a teacher named David Stocker and we have three children.

Jazz is five years old. Since he was a young baby, he’s enjoyed colour, texture and vibrancy. When he was 18 months, he loved to wear layers of wildly striped and mismatched clothing and when his grandparents took him to get his very first pair of shoes, he chose the ones with orange toes and pink flowers on the side. When his brother was born, I joked I’d grow old as woman in a man’s world.

As Jazz grew, his love of bright colours (especially pink) and lots of fabric (especially dresses) continued, and he wanted to grow his hair. The older he became, the more he met with pressure from peers and adults to adjust his image and "act more like a boy." Jazz remained committed to his own style.

I re-read the research and approaches of Alfie Kohn, Barbara Coloroso and Adele Faber to find ways to support him. The firm rule around self image became: it has to be clean and healthy, but you can choose the colours and the lengths.

When Storm was near arrival, Jazz was listening to Free to Be You and Me on repeat (it was a gift from a friend). He wondered if people would respond differently if they didn’t know the baby’s sex. What gifts would they bring? If Storm were a boy, would he be allowed to wear dresses? Pink?

There are these moments as a parent when you wish your child could bring a different issue to the table — but there it is, plop! And if you really mean what you say about being kind, honouring difference, having an open mind and placing limits thoughtfully where they help children develop competencies and be safe, then you better walk the talk.

We agreed to keep the sex of our new baby private.

It is true that an infant, at four or five months is still learning to recognize themselves — to look in the mirror and think, "Hey, that’s me!" — and is not ready developmentally to find a place in a gender binary. It is true and demonstrated in research and in the day to day world that strict gender stereotyping causes suffering to both men and women. So surely, we thought, people would understand our five-year-old’s curiosity about why people need to know the baby’s sex.

The events of the last week suggest otherwise.

More accurately, we have received many letters that include intelligent, heartfelt, research and experience based support for the idea. We’ve also heard some articulate and meaningful concerns expressed. We’ve witnessed a discussion erupt that could be transformative. It is important to challenge orthodoxies and raise questions, because the discussion that emerges not only "outs" issues (in a rush to pass judgment, people articulate prevailing views, prejudices, and misconceptions), but also has the effect of helping people examine whether they truly do believe the status quo to be the best that we can do. Will these norms grow healthy, happy, kind, well adjusted children?

The strong, lighting-fast, vitriolic response was a shock. These voices demonstrate how much parents are in the world’s critical eye — in particular mothers, who are judged based on little (mis)information and not offered opportunities to share, grow, learn and be supported and celebrated by the community to raise children.

The psychologist on the Today Show for example, was willing to make strong, unqualified conclusions about a family (and children) he had never met, based on (generously) one per cent of what there is to know about said family. Will that behaviour help grow healthy, happy, kind, well adjusted children? Ironically, the idea to keep the baby’s sex private was a tribute to authentically trying to get to know a person, listening carefully and responding to meaningful cues given by the person themselves.

This short letter won’t help you to know my family. And to protect our children from the media frenzy that we did not anticipate, we have declined over 100 requests for interviews from all over the world, including offers to fly to New York all expenses paid and to appear on almost every American morning show.

We have learning to do, parks to visit and butterflies to care for. But we do feel it’s important to correct clear factual errors in the media, who incidentally have been reporting false information.

Having spent many years facilitating on the topic of abuse and violence prevention, particularly as it pertains to children, I would never tell my children (or anyone) to keep a secret.

Secrets are not safe and healthy. I, like many parents, have taught my children that some things are private matters, and when you want to share them, you need to do so honestly with sensitivity and consideration. If I had to convince my children not to share Storm’s sex (which I don’t because my children simply are not interested at this point) — I would teach them that someone else’s genitals and sense of how they relate to their gender is their private business, to be shared by them or in a context where safety, acceptance and sensitivity are paramount. Storm will certainly need to understand his/her own sex and gender to navigate this world (the outcry has confirmed this clearly!), but there has never been any question that within our family, the issues of sex and gender and the decisions relating to it are open for age appropriate discussion and action.

In my heart of hearts, I squirm when my son picks a dress from the rack (won’t people tease him?), even though I know from experience and research that the argument that children need a binary gender orthodoxy taught to them in order to feel safe is simply incorrect. My children know who they are, through supported and facilitated experience with their world, and I avoid hypocrisy, inaccuracy and exhaustion by saving my energy for non-negotiable limit-setting related to safety, kindness, self respect, health, fulfilment and fairness.

None of my children are gender-free or genderless (and neither am I). It is true that my oldest son Jazz does not have a traditional notion of what boys should wear, look like or do. It is also true that we believe our children should have the right to choose their clothes and hairstyle. Jazz has a strong sense of being a boy, and he understands that his choices to wear pink and have long hair are not always acceptable to his community. He chooses freely to do them anyway, because he also has been taught to respect difference, love himself and navigate the world in a way that is true to his own voice. Kio also strongly self identifies as a boy, and his choices around behaviours and image are different but have an equal amount of two-year-old integrity.

Storm has a sex which those closest to him/her know and acknowledge. We don’t know yet about colour preferences or dress inclinations, but the idea that the whole world must know our baby’s sex strikes me as unhealthy, unsafe and voyeuristic.

Storm is my third child and this is what I know — some day soon, Storm will have something to say about it, so in the meantime, I’m just listening carefully.

— Kathy Witterick is the mother of Jazz, Kio and Storm. They live in Toronto.

Friday, May 27, 2011


When: Friday May 27, 5-7pm

Where: In front of the Manhattan Criminal Court building at 100 Centre Street.

How: Public Transportation Directions:
...Take the No. 4 or 5 train to the Brooklyn Bridge Station; the C, N, R, 6 train to Canal Street; the 1 train to Franklin Street.
Take the 1, 6 or 15 bus line.


1. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly must institute sustained and comprehensive trainings for every incoming class of officers on rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and proper police conduct. A single training session, or a simplistic lecture not to rape, is NOT acceptable.

2. The NYPD must institute a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexualized behavior while on the job. While this case illustrates an extreme example of police officers using their power to abuse women, too many of us have witnessed officers behaving in sexually inappropriate ways while on the job. There is no excuse for that behavior, and the police force must take it seriously. We want an easily-accessible reporting mechanism for sexual assault and harassment at the hands of police officers, and a demonstrated commitment to punishing officers who exploit their position to harass and assault the people they are supposed to protect.

3. The NYPD must be accountable to the New Yorkers they serve in a transparent process for implementing the above two demands. They must keep community leaders, local politicians and New York City residents informed about the initiatives they institute, and how they are working to make sure that an incident similar to the one involving former officers Mata and Moreno does not happen again.

Even if you can't make the protest please sign our petition and share far and wide:

Why: On Thursday May 26, New York police officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were found not guilty of charges that Moreno raped a woman in her apartment while Mata kept guard, despite the fact that the amount of evidence against the officers in this case was overwhelming. Instead, the jury convicted both officers of official misconduct for entering the woman's apartment, but found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records. This despite the fact that one of the officers had been recorded on tape admitting to using a condom when having sex with the woman who made the accusation. The cornerstone of the defense required that the woman was too drunk to have a credible account of the incident, but sober enough to consent to sex.

Join us in protest. Because raping a drunk women while on patrol is more than "official misconduct". Because calling 911 should not be an invitation to be raped. Because NO behavior, including being drunk, is an invitation to be raped. Because rapists do not deserve the protection of our tax-funded police department and city officials. Because we recognize this incident as part of the NYPD's long, horrific history of violence - sexual and otherwise - often and disproportionately against people of color. Because the people of NYC will not accept victim-blaming, cronyism, and a culture of silence that allows rapists to roam free, without consequence.

For more information:
Read more about the case here: http://feministing.com/2011/05/26/breaking-new-york-police-officers-acquitted-of-rape/
and here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/nyregion/two-new-york-city-police-officers-acquitted-of-rape.html?_r=1

Direct questions about the protest to Lori@feministing.com, heidivanderlee@gmail.com or laveye@gmail.com

Why we don't trust you, NYPD

Why we don't trust you, NYPD

In light of yesterday's acquittal of New York Police Department, officers, Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata, and the endemic problem of rape in the United States, I drafted an open letter to the New York Police Department.

To the New York Police Department:

My name is Nancy Schwartzman, I'm a filmmaker, an activist and a survivor. I made a film about consent – called The Line – about my own sexual assault, and my decision to confront my perpetrator with a hidden camera. I have shown this film and led discussions around the world – at film festivals, on college campuses, and to people in the government and in the military. Sergeants, Lieutenants and Police Officers have come to my screenings. Some of them want to know why I didn't report my rape, why I didn't use the system, why instead, I confronted my perpetrator with a hidden camera, and created The Line Campaign to educate and prevent rape.

If you're wondering why women hesitate to report a rape or a sexual assault to the police, and why a victim wouldn't trust the justice system: look no further than the acquittal of NYPD officers Moreno and Mata.

Here are some definitions of rape and sexual assault:

If a woman is drunk or incapacitated she cannot consent to sex.

If a woman has consented to one form of sex, she is not consenting to all forms.

If a prostitute is raped, it is not theft of services, it is rape.

You must get consent every time for every act, or else it is not consensual.

The "bad-guy" rapist, the one referred to as "a criminal" he's also the guy who preys on drunk and incapacitated women, employs a look out, returns to her apartment 3 times and places a false 911 call to cover his tracks. That guy? He's a rapist, too.

So now, I ask you, what are you going to do to prevent sexual assault – from this moment forward? How will you use Moreno and Mata as a "teachable moment" and hold these men accountable?

Here are some ways you can prevent sexual assault:

Don't pretend it doesn't happen.

Talk about rape and sexual assault throughout the year, every year. With programs that work. With facilitators. With advocates. With survivors.

Make mandatory violence-prevention and sexual assault awareness trainings part of a police officer's education.

Make sure your officers know what consent is.

What alcohol + consent is.

Make sure your officers HAVE EMPATHY and to the best of their ability know how rape and sexual assault affects victims. If they do not have the ability to empathize – THEY NEED TO FIND A NEW JOB.

Host screenings, trainings and workshops with The Line and other programs that work — we don't mess around, if you don't get it now, you'll get it by the end of the workshop.

The sad conclusion to the acquittal of Moreno and Mata is that you can expect us, victims of rape and sexual assault, to trust you less than we did before.

You can fix that. Win our trust back. Get serious about sexual assault and rape, get educated, and get to work.

Nancy Schwartzman
Founder, The Line Campaign

National Organization for Women Gears Up for National Conference in Tampa, Florida

NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

NOW Gears Up for National Conference in Tampa, Florida

May 27, 2011

Hundreds of feminist activists from around the country will gather in Tampa, Fla., for the National Organization for Women National Conference from June 24-26, 2011. This year's conference theme, "Daring to Dream: Building a Feminist Future," is centered on advancing the principles that have been steering feminism all along: equality, fairness, opportunity, non-violence and empowerment.

"This is a very important conference for us as conservatives continue waging their War on Women," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "We will join together to strategize and get ready for the many challenges ahead of us, including economic justice and reproductive rights. We will also soon be faced with the 2012 Elections, which will be critical to women."

Who: National Organization for Women activists and leaders
What: 2011 National NOW Conference
When: Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26, 2011
Where: Embassy Suites Tampa-USF, 3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, Fla.

Media Credential Information:

The 2011 conference will be filled with workshops, issue hearings, regional caucuses and networking. Some of the dynamic guest speakers that will be heard during plenary sessions include Marleine Bastien, Jane Castor, Kate Dillon, Celinda Lake, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore and Patricia Schroeder. A full list of confirmed speakers is available online.

The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of thousands of members and contributing supporters and hundreds of local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOW's goal is to take action to bring about equality for all women.


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Show your support for rape survivors by protesting the NYPD verdict

NOW-NYC Masthead

"Not Guilty" Verdict Does Not Hold Up in Court of Common Sense
NOW-NYC Urges Judge to Give Max for Misconduct
Are you as shocked as we are about the NYPD officers who were acquitted of raping an intoxicated woman whom they were dispatched to assist? Is it open season on intoxicated women?
We're asking ourselves these questions, and demanding that our culture Take Rape Seriously. After a 6-week long trial where mounting evidence and emotional testimony documented the sexual assault of an intoxicated woman by an NYPD officer that was called to her aid, the two officers involved were convicted of only three counts of official misconduct. Sentencing is set for June 28. NOW-NYC Press Release
Show Your Support for Rape Survivors Everywhere
Friday, May 27, 12:00 NOON
Stand with NOW-NYC and other advocates on the steps of City Hall to speak out on the verdict and call on our justice system and the public to Take Rape Seriously.
More info: contact@nownyc.org | 212-627-9895
260 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
to Park Place
to Broadway-Nassau Street
to Fulton Street
to City Hall
train to the Brooklyn Bridge station or Fulton Street station

Activist Buzz
Moreno & Mata Fired from NYPD After Official Misconduct Charges

Jury Clears Officers

Why Do We Make Excuses for Men in Power?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal Voted Down By Senate

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats wasted no time capitalizing on Tuesday's Medicare-fueled upset in a New York special election, holding a vote on the GOP budget plan Wednesday designed to put Republicans on record backing the controversial House budget plan.

The measure failed, 57 to 40, with five Republicans breaking ranks: Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rand Paul of Kentucky...

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/paul-ryan-budget-medicare-senate-vote_n_867126.html

Tell Psychology Today: Apologize for "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive?” article

A week ago, the magazine Psychology Today published an article titled "Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” on its website. Within hours, following widespread outrage and criticism, the post disappeared.

Colleagues and peers of Satoshi Kanazawa, the article's author, have since analyzed his same data and unanimously (and unsurprisingly) found his conclusions in error.

Yet Psychology Today has remained silent. They have refused to apologize or even explain why they published the article.

Articles like Kanazawa's are more than offensive or spurious—they're deeply harmful because they promote racist and sexist stereotypes as science.

That’s why documentary filmmaker Aishah Simmons and academic Alisa Bierria are leading a petition on Change.org to call on Psychology Today to apologize and take transparent steps to prevent the publication of racist and sexist material in the future. Click here to sign Aishah and Alisa's petition.

Kanazawa's article never would have survived a thorough and responsible editorial process. In fact, the author himself doesn't stand up to review.

Kanazawa has a history of pushing discredited research and is particularly notorious for making meritless claims about race and gender. (He is also known as the mind behind the much-mocked book Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters.)

In an attempt to defend previous publications, Kanazawa wrote, “If what I say is wrong (because it is illogical or lacks credible scientific evidence), then it is my problem. If what I say offends you, it is your problem.”

Well, as Khadijah Britton of Scientific American put it, “Satoshi Kanazawa has a problem.” So does Psychology Today.

Prominent women’s rights advocates, including Gloria Steinem and Beverly Guy Sheftall, former President of the National Women's Studies Association, have already declared their support for the campaign.

Please click here to add your name to theirs:


Thanks for taking action,

Shelby and the Change.org team

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Monthly Divorce/Child Custody Forum in Nassau County, Long Island - Wednesday, June 1st - 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Divorce Forum Meeting
Sponsored by the National Organization for Women-NYS

The next divorce/custody/support forum meeting will be held on 
Wednesday-June 1st ,  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. 

As always there is an experienced matrimonial attorney attending to answer your questions.  Hope to see you there.  Call Tracy for location.
Please RSVP Tracy at  (516) 233-9343

What the Forum is NOT: free legal representation.
What the Forum IS:  It is an opportunity to learn how to help yourself navigate the murky waters of the court systems procedures and rules, to learn what options may be available to you, and to get answers to legal questions from an experienced matrimonial attorney free of charge.
It is also an opportunity to occasionally be involved in actions like supporting legislation so desperately needed to bring women a level playing field in courts.
It is an opportunity to network with women who are facing the same challenges that you are, and other women who often have the same judge, attorney, forensic and/or law guardian as you do.
 Want to be involved in an important survey that addresses this issue?

Go to our  home page www.nownys.org and download the survey, fill it out and send it to us asap.

Rape is Rape - no more excuses!

From Feminist Majority:

Earlier this year, House Republicans tried to redefine rape exclusively as forcible rape. Thanks to feminist activists like you, Rep. Chris Smith backed down and left "forcible" out of his bill.

But that didn't solve the whole problem, and we need your help. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) – the go-to national record on violent crimes – uses a narrow definition of "forcible rape" written more than 80 years ago. In the UCR, a rape only counts if a woman's vagina is penetrated by a penis by force and against her will.

That definition needs to change. The Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. magazine are launching a campaign to demand that the FBI update and broaden its definition of rape.

Sign a letter to the Director of the FBI and the Attorney General urging them to define rape as rape, period.

Unbelievably, the outdated UCR definition of "forcible rape" excludes
• excludes those raped with an object, finger or fist;
• excludes those raped anally or orally; and
• excludes all men who are raped.

And many police forces leave out drug- and alcohol-facilitated rape, rape of incapacitated or unconscious women and rape of those with physical or mental disabilities who cannot forcefully resist. That means a huge number of rapes "don't count."

Without accurate reports, we cannot know the magnitude of the problem. Without correct statistics, we will never have adequate funding for law enforcement to deal with rape.

Please join us, by sending a letter to the FBI and the Department of Justice, to demand an expanded and modernized UCR definition of rape.

After you sign the letter, visit feminist.org/nomoreexcuses for other simple actions you can take to help. It's time for change.

For women's lives,

Ellie Smeal

Eleanor Smeal

P.S. To find out more about the UCR definition and its impact on rape survivors, pick up the new issue of Ms. now on newsstands, or visit www.MsMagazine.com

NOW Congratulates Hochul on Breakthrough Win in New York Special Election

NOW Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Latoya Veal, 202-628-8669, ext. 116

NOW Congratulates Hochul on Breakthrough Win in New York Special Election

May 25, 2011

In a New York special election Tuesday, NOW/PAC-endorsed candidate Kathy Hochul (D), County Clerk of Erie County, decisively won the open House seat in the state's 26th District.

The election has garnered national attention as the Ryan budget (which polls show most Americans oppose) became the heart of debates between Hochul and her opponents. Hochul adamantly opposes the House leadership's plan to voucherize Medicare and cut Social Security, education, and other programs that serve and employ women, as do the voters in this district traditionally held by Republicans.

"The election of Kathy Hochul from New York's 26th District is a significant victory in the battle for women's rights, and NOW is confident that her term will establish her as a strong leader in the fight for full equality for women and girls," said Terry O'Neill, chair of the NOW Political Action Committee. "We look forward to working with Kathy when she arrives on Capitol Hill."

O'Neill extends a special thanks to NOW volunteers from around the country who phoned for Hochul and the Rochester NOW members who worked tirelessly in the campaign to ensure Hochul's victory.


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White Feminist Privilege in Organizations

Published on Daily Kos over the weekend. Worth reading:

An excerpt:
...Anyone who has done anti-racist work for more than a few years has run up against this problem:  most racists are happy being racists, and simply don't want to change.  But at the same time they want to be protected from accusations of racism, and resent anyone who makes them "feel bad" about it.  White feminists are no different from other white people in that regard, as feminists of color well know.  A few are truly committed to diversity and anti-racist action, but the majority of us are not, and get angry and nasty when we're driven out of our comfort zone. In my estimation, however, a racist feminist is no feminist at all.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thu, 6/2: "Birth Control Post Health Reform: Will it be free?"

From National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

May 25, 2011

Birth Control: Nuestra Salud, Nuestra Prevención

We think birth control is preventive care. Don't you?

A key part of the health law that Congress passed last year will require new health insurance plans to fully cover women's preventative health care services with no co-pays for their members. But birth control is still at stake.

Join us for a cafecito as we discuss the challenges and opportunities the decision to offer free birth control by the Department of Health and Human Services presents to those of us fighting for reproductive justice.

You will enjoy listening to the discussion led by Rebecca Medina, Policy Analyst, (NLIRH), and featuring guests:

Destiny Lopez, Director of Latino Engagement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America,

Amy Allina, Program Director, National Women's Health Network, and

Sara Hutchinson, Domestic Program Director, Catholics for Choice. 

Thursday, June 2nd

11:00am EST - English

12:00pm EST - Spanish

For English call-in details you must register, please click here.

Debe registrarse para obtener mas detalles sobre la llamada. Por favor, regístrese aquí.

In solidarity,

Silvia Henriquez

NOW News & Action Summary: Federal Budget, NY Special Election, Ending Violence Against Women

NOW News and Action Summary

National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary

MAY 24, 2011


Only 30 Days To Go!

Tomorrow's the deadline -- it's your last chance to order an official conference t-shirt designed by the local organizing committee. Remember, these shirts won't be for sale on-site, so place your order online now!

Not registered yet? What are you waiting for?! Register online today. We have 13 fabulous speakers and honorees confirmed -- check them out online.

Take Action: Urge Senators to Vote Against Destructive House Budget Bill

This bill would cut $4.3 trillion over 10 years from programs that support moderate- and low-income families, programs that disproportionately employ women as well as disproportionately serve them, while maintaining $4.2 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthiest. Take action NOW »

Leaders of Women's Organizations Sign Letter to President Obama Calling for Meeting on Budget, Ask that Women be Included in Deficit Talks

The Older Women's Economic Security Task Force, in a letter today to President Obama, called for the concerns of women to be considered in budget talks to reduce the deficit. The task force asked that members of the administration with expertise on women's issues be added to the White House's advisory team discussing strategies to reduce deficit spending. Read more »

NOW/PAC Endorses Kathy Hochul in New York's Special Election May 24

Democrat Kathy Hochul has an incredible opportunity to take this seat in a traditionally Republican district. This race is receiving national attention, with The Washington Post suggesting that a Hochul win could be "evidence of the deep danger of the Ryan plan for Republicans at the ballot box in 2012." Read more »

Open Letter to President Obama on Women and the Budget (PDF)

The Older Women's Economic Security Task Force of the National Council of Women's Organizations (of which NOW is co-chair) sent this letter to President Obama requesting a meeting to discuss the impact of budget negotations and potential cuts on women and their families. Read more »

Action Spotlight

Strauss-Kahn Case Illuminates Violence Against Women Issue

Just hours after National NOW's demonstration in front of the IMF calling for the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn from his position as managing director, the chief did resign. This case illuminates many of the ongoing challenges in addressing violence against women. Read more »

Watch the video of NOW President Terry O'Neill speaking »

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Apply to Global Connect! Google NY Supports Gender Justice Program for Women of the Diaspora


On Thursday, June 16, 2011, Women's eNews and Global Press Institute, with the support of GoogleServe, will co-host Global Connect! – a one-day gender justice and technology training event to empower women from the Diaspora living in New York City.


GoogleServe – the volunteer arm of Google – will provide technical guidance using Google Applications to coach attendees on news writing, editing and reporting, enabling participants to amplify their voices in their communities and online following the event.


Space is limited to 25 women representing local ethnic media, facilitating the production of enhanced reporting on gender justice themes from local communities to locations across the globe.


To apply for entry to the program, complete an online form: www.womensenews.org/global-connect


Global Connect! creates an opportunity for local media and writers to improve their knowledge and sensitivity in reporting on gender justice issues. The training will strengthen connections between local and global communities through Women's eNews' and Global Press Institute's international news desks, and bring issues effecting women's participation in society to the forefront of reporting.


The training will be led by Cristi Hegranes, founder of Global Press Institute, and a 2008 Women's eNews' 21 Leaders for the 21st Century award recipient, and Juhie Bhatia, Women's eNews' managing editor.


Six women from the training session will become writers on retainer for a special series published by Women's eNews, providing commentary and reaction on articles published from their country of origin by both Women's eNews and Global Press Institute.


For more information please contact Charlotte Cooper at

(212) 244-1744 or charlotte@womensenews.org


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