Endorsements


            Through countless meetings and conversations with women, experts in various fields, The Kota Alliance has received warm and enthusiastic endorsements from  international organizations, large and small nonprofits, and the New York community at large. Below are a few of the most encouraging comments we have received:


A joint space would promote networking and synergy between organisations while also filling a demand for accessible conference and meeting facilities in the vicinity of the United Nations. Therefore UN Women wholeheartedly welcomes this initiative.
— Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director
 
The special focus of the Kota Center being on equality, gender, and human rights is particularly timely and relevant. By being located in New York City, this unique initiative will have a global reach.
— Mari Simonen, UNFPA former Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director
 
Right now instead of using our global resources to develop our own space, we are always using our own funds investing in private hotels, conference sites, etc. New York needs a women’s center where they can meet, conference, and have affordable space for their offices.
— Jan Peterson, The Huairou Commission Chair of Coordinating Council
 
New York is a city at the crossroads of the world. It needs and should have a women’s center, which would help the many women’s organizations in New York City working on a broad range of issues relating to girls and women in New York, in the United States, and around the globe.
— Jessica Neuwirth, Donor Direct Action
 
As the co-founder of a small NY-based Non Governmental Organization (NGO) working on women’s rights and peacebuilding with a focus on the Global South, I immediately recognized the remarkable potential the project had to bolster collaboration and partnerships between small NGOs struggling to survive in an ever increasingly harsh funding landscape while maintaining their presence in New York, and specifically around the United Nations. Through providing high quality services that would not be accessible to small NGOs otherwise, the Kota Project has the potential to fill a substantial gap in sustaining peacebuilding work.
— Helena Gronberg, GNWP Program Manager
 
As a new NGO based in New York City, space to operate an NGO is truly impossible to afford. We have been operating from our own clinical offices. We are in serious need of office space, meeting rooms, and event space. With these, we could offer trainings to clinicians and researchers from around the world, have equipment and space for volunteers, interns and staff to work, and host events or potential donors, supporters and human rights defenders, attorneys and clinicians from around the world. We firmly believe that the ability of small, new NGOs to thrive and grow will rest on the cooperation and resources found in the Kota Project and we give it our heartiest endorsement.
— Joanne Ahola, M.D., RIWW Medical Director
 
Spaces for organizing, collaborating and fostering participation are very important to the continued momentum of our work in the women’s peace movement. A space like The Kota Project could be a place for planned meetings and strategic convening, but equally important, it could be home for unplanned encounters and ideas that make change possible. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) believes in the importance of supporting local and national women leaders, and enabling space for voices to be heard directly by decision-makers in international fora like the UN. A space to make this work more effective would be very welcome.
— Maria Butler, WILPF PeaceWomen Programme Director

Schoolgirls in Nepal supported by one of our partner organizations, Empower Nepali Girls.

Schoolgirls in Nepal supported by one of our partner organizations, Empower Nepali Girls.