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Recent events: Beijing Plus 20 and Women Make Movies Film Festival at Futures Without Violence

A little over a week ago I sat in on two days’ worth of empowerment activities beginning with Women’s Intercultural Network’s annual meeting on Saturday and a film festival appearance hosted by Futures Without Violence and Women Make Movies.

2015 marks the 20 year anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, an agenda created at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995. As a defining framework for change, the Platform for Action made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern. Even 20 years later, it remains a powerful source of guidance and inspiration. Our last session at UN headquarters centered around discussing Beijing Plus 20 to benchmark progress the BPFA has made for women and girls globally under the 12 critical areas of concern and how far we still have left to go to improve existing conditions.

On day one of the meetings I spoke on a panel about the CEDAW ordnance and the Cities for CEDAW campaign to encourage mayors from around the country to adopt the treaty into practice. CEDAW, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

The following day I had the honor of being a featured speaker at the Women Make Movies film festival about 50 Women, Book One and the upcoming Book Two (November 2015) and the importance of first – person narrative in the media.

Below are some photos, but you can see the full albums here:
Day One – Beijing Plus 20 and CEDAW
Day Two – Women Make Movies Film Festival

Panel presentation at Futures Without Violence

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Elmy Bermejo from U.S. Department of Labor makes introductions

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Elmy Bermejo from U.S. Department of Labor makes introductions

Speaking at Women Make Movies film festival

Speaking at Women Make Movies film festival

Women Make Movies film festival

Women Make Movies film festival

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Book Passage – July 18

Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 30 years, providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected annual conferences. They have hosted Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Eve Ensler, Carlos Santana, John Waters and Nick Hornby to name a few!

Now they are hosting an event for 50 Women, Book One Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 PM!  Click here for details and join me and a few of the contributing women.

A New York Times-reporting bookstore, they offer a wide variety of books ranging from children’s literature to travel guides, from top-selling fiction to mystery novels, and they continue to work diligently with community and nonprofit organizations as well as universities.

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Nothing but the Truth- the ROARtastic masterpiece!

Tomorrow is the launch for Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection, a book anthology of 51 Women produced by the social network, A Band of Wives.

ABOW was established as a private place for all women (married, single and everything in-between) to connect and flex their voices. It has turned into a multicultural and multigenerational woman-promoting organization with over 4,000 members since its initial launch in 2009. Founder Christine Bronstein, created the network based upon her belief that if every woman felt that their voice mattered, and that they were connected and supported, the world would change dramatically.

My essay entitled “Help a Sister Out!” is included in this edition, covering the topic of global women’s rights and economic development.

Without any political or religious agenda, the book promotes the power of positive connections between women and illustrates how those bonds can transform our world. With research confirming the human need to have meaningful relationships in our lives, it is time to look beyond the abundance of negative stereotypes in the media and shine a light on the powerful, positive aspects of female connection.

Nothing but the Truth So Help Me God: 51 Women Reveal the Power of Positive Female Connection is the first book in a compelling forthcoming series bringing together essays, poetry, and artwork focused on themes within the self-help and personal improvement genre. This anthology provides insight through essays, poetry, and artwork into the life-changing effects of meaningful connections between women and touches on important topics such as parenting, body image, rape, racism and self-love. It also empowers women by providing a platform for them to share their stories of the complex and vital aspects of female relationships

The authors and artists are women from around the globe, varied racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and ages.

I have practically been jumping through hoops of fire in the last several months in attempt to launch “50 Women” for publication, so the bestseller success of this title is certainly a great energetic boost to my efforts! In this book I discuss the conception of “50 Women” and important situations concerning certain women I have met in the process of developing the book project over the past few years. The publishing process has had its challenges, but I have always been one to turn storms into sunshine. I am ready for the future of this project I have dedicated the past 3.5 years of my life to and nothing could usher in the “second era” of its existence better than the launch of this powerful masterpiece.

The anthology is endorsed by Eve Ensler, Peter Coyote, Rita Henley Jensen, Michael Krasny and Tiffany Shalin.

A shout out to all my fellow contributors who are women working towards a better world in all their unique ways everyday! A big, loud, unapologetic  ROAR!

Amie Penwell
Ana Hays
Andrea Drugay
Aspen Baker
Caitlin McCaffrey
Carol Pott
Chieko Murasugi
Christine Arylo
Christine Bronstein
Colleen Joyce
Cristina Robinson
Dana King
Deborah Santana
Diane Tober, Ph.D.
Dominique Browning
Eileen Chao
Hyla Molander
Janine Kovac
Jen Siraganian
Jessica Buchleitner
Joanie Wynn
Joy Nordenstrom
Joyce Maynard
Judy Zimola
Kim Shannon
Kimberly Pinkson
Kristin Gerbert
Laura Fenamore
Leila Radan
Liesl Gerntholtz
Lenore Perry
Lissa Rankin
Lone Morch
Margaret Kathrein
Marie Drake
Medea Bern
Mickey Nelson
Mimi Towle
Monica Michelle
Nancy Calef
Rebecca Lubin
Sarah Manyika
Shasta Nelson
Susan Noyes
Susan Schneider
Tamara Holland
Tracy McGhee
Vicki Nelson
Victoria Loren Miller
Violet Blue
Yvonne Latty

Want to continue to celebrate in the ROAR! ?  Join A Band of Wives today!  (Only if you are a woman)

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