Globalizing Gender - New Partner Organization

By: Annika Springsteel

First ever anti-FGM/C march in NYC.

First ever anti-FGM/C march in NYC.

Gender-based violence is prevalent all over the world and targets women and girls especially. The World Health Organization estimates that 1 in 3 women have been physically or sexually assaulted and that more than 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation or cutting. UN Women estimates that in 2017, 87,000 women were killed by either their partner or another family member as a result of gender-based violence. These are the types of statistics that Globalizing Gender is aiming to change. Globalizing Gender is a nonprofit on a mission to create a gender-just world which they are tackling through many avenues such as “capacity building, technical assistance, rule of law, governance, advocacy and restorative justice”. They are a rapidly growing NGO always looking for new partnerships and Kota is proud to collaborate with an organization pioneering new forms of activism for a very deserving cause.

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Globalizing Gender wants to create more ways to prevent gender-based violence as well as to help survivors physically and mentally to regain their dignity after the fact. They aim to use social entrepreneurship to combat gender-based violence as well as de-stigmatize and de-criminalize efforts to help GBV survivors. (GG) is also working towards fostering connections between local governments and NGO’s to create alliances to stop gender-based violence. They want to close the gaps for services to gender-based violence survivors. One of Globalizing Gender’s most important goals is to advocate for the end of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. They are currently in the process of creating the first task force in the country to combat genital mutilation and cutting. 

Meeting to discuss plans for FGM/C Task Force.

Meeting to discuss plans for FGM/C Task Force.

Globalizing Gender was founded by Natasha  R. Johnson, J.D. because she saw a world full of policies that hurt those who have been victims of gender injustice and she wanted to to create systems for those that have experienced GBV to restore their own dignity. Natasha is a Fulbright Specialist Fellow, an Equal Justice Works Fellow and a TEDx speaker (9/7/2019) among many other distinctions she has received. Natasha received her J.D. from CUNY School of Law and her Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University.

You can learn more about how to support this pioneering organization by contacting Globalizing Gender via email at info@globalizinggender.org


Rise of Broken Women Supporting Homeless Women in Shelters and on the Streets of NYC

by Iida Pirttiniemi

Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression in 1930s. Every night almost 64,000 people sleep in the New York City municipal shelter system. Nearly 1 in every 121 New Yorkers is homeless. 

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Charlee Newman, the founder of the non-profit organization Rise of Broken Women, used to be one of them. As a domestic violence survivor, she became homeless in 2008. It was a Friday afternoon and she had nowhere to go, so she spent the night sleeping in the A train before being able to get a spot at a Drop-in Center. The whole experience was shocking and devastating.  

- It felt like being on a rollercoaster blindfolded, and I just kept telling myself to stay in control and not give up, Newman says.

Newman quickly realized that being homeless is an abuse in itself. During the two years that she spent at the Drop-in Center; she came to realize that she wanted to start an organization to help women who are facing similar difficulties she faced. That is how the story of Rise of Broken Women first began. 

Homeless Periods: A Problem of Poverty, Dignity, and Feminine Hygiene

Menstruation creates a very specific problem to people without homes. Shelters don’t provide menstrual hygiene products and because they are not covered by SNAP, women might have to sell their food stamps or even their bodies to get the necessary items they need to make it through their period. Homeless women on the streets of NYC end up using things out of the garbage: newspaper, socks and t-shirts – anything they can find on the streets – to cope with their menstruation. 

 - Just imagine if you will, how would you feel if you had to use dirty rags, newspapers or whatever you could get your hands on, to use during your menstrual period?  This does not only affect the women physically it is affecting them mentally, socially, emotionally and environmentally, Newman says.

- I remember once in a shelter there was a woman who was asking the guard for menstrual hygiene products. The guard told her to go to the toilet to get some toilet paper and use that, and the woman was devastated. There are homeless women whose daughters must miss school every time they have their periods because the family can’t afford pads or tampons, she continues.

Rise of Broken Women provides women in shelters with menstrual hygiene products, pantyliners, bras, underwear and other necessary items related to personal hygiene. They also help women who don’t get their periods with feminine hygiene products. These women will receive pantyliners, feminine wipes, etc.

- My goal is to give women in shelters and on the streets one less thing to worry about. If I can make a woman have one less worry, I have achieved something, Newman says. 

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 Health and wellness as main goals 

Newman started her organization in March 2019, and already got her 501(c)(3) in May 17, 2019. Things have moved quickly – thanks to Newman’s perseverance and drive.

- This was a dream that manifested in my heart, she says. 

- The dream became a vision and that became Rise of Broken Women. It did not come out of passion, but out of necessity. I want to make sure that these women get what they need. This is my purpose, she continues. 

Rise of Broken Women works both with shelters and on the streets. Newman’s goal is to help women where they’re at. Due to her personal experiences, she understands what women in shelters and women on the streets NYC need.  

- Being homeless, you become invisible to certain areas of society. It’s like that. No one sees or hears you because they don’t want the involvement, Newman says. 

Newman wants to uplift homeless women and the organization focuses on health and wellness as well as building self-esteem through communication, healing, forgiving themselves and financial healing. 

 

All support is warmly welcomed

Donations and volunteers are essential to keep the work of Rise of Broken Women going. All donations are welcomed because every donation counts.

- Donating through us is effective because we can buy menstrual hygiene products in bulk, which makes them cheaper in comparison to smaller packages, Newman says.

Rise of Broken Women also organizes events to fundraise and to raise awareness on the issue of homeless periods. It is also possible for a community or a workplace to organize a donation box for menstrual hygiene products.

- Women need to start thinking about other women. The time to help is now, she says.  

Support Rise of Broken Women! 

Fundraiser dinner at Alston & Bird September 29th, 2019 

Women’s Lives Matter PERIOD Walk-a-thon, April 25th, 2020

Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner August 29th, 2020

Halloween Costume Party Fundraiser October 31st, 2020

 

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Follow Rise of Broken Women’s website for further event updates and news! 

Questions and inquiries at info@riseofbrokenwomen.org

 

Rise of Broken Women is a partner organization of the Kota Alliance. 

 

Introducing a New Kota Partner Organization: Partners for Creative Development (P4CD)

by Agnieszka Wilson

Partners for Creative Development (P4CD) delivers a one-stop-shop where organizations can find project based and creative solutions tailored to their needs.

Partners for Creative Development (P4CD) was founded by Agnieszka Wilson to support emerging non-profits, NGOs and other social enterprises.  With a project based approach, she helps these organizations take their passion to the next professional level. P4CD strives to enact social change through collaboration, bringing global experts together to create real and sustainable results.

Agnieszka Wilson, the founder of P4CD

Agnieszka Wilson, the founder of P4CD

After several years working for the United Nations in areas diverse as post-conflict, gender and disarmament, Agnieszka established her own non-profit based in NYC. Through this process, Agnieszka saw the need for a wide range of services, both short term and long term solutions, that would help similar nascent organizations thrive.  Running a non-profit can be a very lonely and exhausting job, said Agnieszka. You end up having to do everything yourself and even with amazing and hardworking interns, it is challenging as they leave after short periods and the quality of work fluctuates with them.

Whether running a small venture or a larger more successful organization, many lack the funds to pay their interns.   Payroll is often not included in donor budgets. As a result, non-profit staff are forced to wear a variety of hats, further stretching scarce resources, creating an exhausting and unproductive work environment.   Funding options can also be limited, as existing donors may lack confidence in new non-profit groups that have yet to prove successful implementation. This creates an ecosystem where large organizations continue to receive funding and grow, while smaller ones struggle.  From my experience, the most significant impact is driven by these small organizations, led by passionate and loving teams. Statistics also show that women are more often doing unpaid non-profit work, and this needs to change.

Partners for Creative Development provides services to companies and global organizations working on humanitarian issues and social change. Their services are project-based and they hand pick experts according to their client’s specific needs. What differs P4CD from other consulting agencies is that they offer experts with a humanitarian experience and background.  A disconnect currently exists between content, knowledge, experience and executive skills. P4CD is here to help bridge those gaps and connect NGOs to UN agencies and identify rising stars, build partnerships, offer training and more. They believe that in order to create peace, balance, and sustainable social change in the world there is a need to collaborate and work holistically.

Partners for Creative Development is a partner organization of the Kota Alliance.

ZNMN Concerned with Increasing Number of Suicide Cases Among Men

Press release by the Zambia National Men’s Network (ZNMN), a partner organization of the Kota Alliance

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The Zambia National Men’s Network (ZNMN) is deeply concerned with the high number of men committing suicides in the country. Within a space of two weeks, two male police officers have taken their lives in disturbing and tragic circumstances. The case of a police officer who shot himself with an AK47 rifle after killing two people and wounding two others in Lusaka’s Mtendere Compound in anger over a relationship that had soured with his girlfriend, and the latest case of another police officer in Namwala district who took his own life while on duty are a huge concern to us an organisation that positive masculinity. The two incidences shows that there is a serious challenge among men to deal with their psychological problems.  

Last year alone 50 men committed suicide in Eastern Province while several other cases of men taking their lives remain unreported. The increasing cases of men taking their lives need serious interrogation to determine appropriate intervention for men’s emotional support at all levels.

As men‘s organization that works for the advancement of gender equality, believe that one of the causes of this behavior is that men lack support structures and programmes at various levels to support their psychological needs. It is difficult for men to disclose their emotional challenges because culture expects men to be ‘manly’ whenever they are confronted with serious psychological situations such as disputes in relationships. The end result is that some men become depressed or develop violent behaviors.

ZNMN has noted with concern that some men are going through economic and social problems that are leading to acts of suicides going by the cases that we receive. Other men are suffering silently in relationships and their families but opt to remain quiet for fear of being considered weak thus resorting taking their lives.  

Therefore, ZNMN will step its community safe spaces for men initiative where men and boys receive counseling to help in curbing the increase in suicides among men. Other services to scaled up will include encouraging men to discuss their infertility problems amongst themselves, which in many cases lead to marital problems such as gender based violence and divorces.

ZNMN would like to urge all stakeholders to support the safe spaces for men that will offer conducive environment for men to interact together and find solutions to some of the challenges they are facing as well as enhance men’s participation in sexual and reproductive health programmes and gender equality and equity.

In line with the vision 2030 theme which states that Leave No One Behind, we urge Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), cooperating partners and government not to leave men behind in initiating structures and programmes that will reduce cases of suicides make the country safe for all.

Contact information:
ZNMN National Coordinator
Nelson Banda - 0979612029

Zambia National Men’s Network (ZNMN) is a Zambian group of men dedicated in combating issues that are affecting women in their society. The main objectives of ZNMN are to combat the issue of gender based violence and create awareness of GBV and gender equality in communities across Zambia. The Network is currently based in Lusaka, though their works stretch across the provinces of Zambia.