On May 4, 2010 I sat in a packed room of women (and a few men) coming together to raise awareness of women and girls efforts in the reconstruction of Haiti after the devastating January 12, 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. While Haiti has subsided from the headlines of most mainstream media, this assembly of women, which included women from all parts of the African Diaspora, proves Haiti is still on our minds and in our hearts. But the major recurring question of the evening was, now what? What does this room, packed to capacity, full of progressively minded individuals do when we leave here? The forum, with its panel and audience sought to answer that.
NCRW announces an innovative professional development program for young women. Funded by the American Express Foundation, the year-long program will benefit young women who are engaged in the nonprofit and social justice sectors by providing training and sustained support to build the next generation of women leaders.
For more information, visit the program page here.
Like many other Americans, I was unfamiliar with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) until recently. CEDAW (also known as the Women’s Treaty) is an international agreement on basic human rights for women. So how had this escaped my attention? Is it because the US has supported human rights for decades so there is little talk of this particular treaty? No. Is it because it is a new treaty that we have just not heard of yet? No. CEDAW was introduced to the UN back during the Carter Administration and our Senate has been sitting on it ever since! Is it because we have achieved equal rights for women as a nation and help all other nations reach that same goal? Certainly not.
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NCRW is pleased to announce a new project focused on Building the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Nonprofit Sector. Funded by the American Express Foundation, the program will encourage young women to enter the nonprofit arena, and provide training and sustained support to become leaders.
The founding president of the National Council for Research on Women, Mariam Chamberlain, just turned 92. Gwendolyn Beetham, a former NCRW staff member, posted a "tribute a gender studies godmother" on Feministing in Mariam's honor. Mariam's many contributions to the feminist and social justice movements include:
Building the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Nonprofit Sector (NCRW-Amex Fellowship) is a 15-month development program for women leaders in the nonprofit sector. The Program offers skill-building workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities that provide promising young leaders with access to career guidance and resources for professional development.
The purpose of the program is to promote retention and advancement of women leaders in the nonprofit sector by:
Providing trainings that develop and enhance skills to effectively manage growing responsibility in an organization;
Engaging Fellows in career planning, networking, and professional development opportunities to build confidence, problem-solving, and leadership capability.
Women in cinema are still relishing Kathryn Bigelow's best director win at the Oscars, but, at a women's film festival in Paris this week, admitted the challenges they face in the film industry cross the gender boundaries.
"Film directing is like leading an army", Dorothee Van Den Berghe said, "which is not what women are used to". She said she works "spontaneously" and shows she has doubts, which does not always go down well.
Directing can be a very peripatetic and precarious job, said Van Den Berghe, and "women may find it less easy to live with this uncertainty".
In Belgium Van Den Berghe notes a "growing conservatism" over the last ten years in young people's attitudes, more centred now on marriage, family and the home.