Queens Community Board 4 presents a short film screening and discussion about what it will take to get to 50/50.
Film Screening-Watch the 20 minute film 50/50, directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, that explores the 10,000 year history of women + power — from setbacks and uprisings, to the bigger context of where we are today.
Share your thoughts, experiences and ideas.
Doors Open at 6:30
Millions of perspectives on one topic:
Watch a 2 minute trailer about 50/50 Day here.
Sign up for 50/50 Day 2018
We invite you to participate in the Finland Center’s Midsummer 5K Run and Nordic Pole Walkathon on Father’s Day, June 18th, to support the Kota Alliance’s work for gender equality. Yes, this benefits men too, particularly in the realm of fatherhood!
Working out of the Center for Social Innovation in New York City, the Kota Alliance supports organizations and social enterprises working for gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
REGISTER at Active to run or Nordic Pole walk (starting time 9:00am for everyone)
Walkers MUST finish by 10:00 according to Park rules. Bring your own poles if you have them! HYVA Nordic Walking has a limited number of loaners - if you would like to sign up for a pair, email firstname.lastname@example.org by June 16! Their instructor will be present at 8:30 to show you how to use them correctly. You can also buy a set of poles from Bungy Pump.
PRIZES for the best man and woman runners! There will also be a raffle among Nordic Walkers with a grand prize from Bungy Pump!
FUNDRAISE for the cause at Crowdrise Click on SET UP and get your family and friends to contribute to this cause! Biggest fundraiser wins a prize!
Pickup of kits, T-shirts at the Running Company store in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle the day before the race.
Father’s Day, June 18, 2016, 9AM EST.
As part of a citywide effort to prevent FGM/C of girls sent to their parents’ home countries during school vacations, we are looking to establish a database of organizations and individuals who can assist by distributing information and/or organizing events about this issue: expatriate community groups, churches, mosques, health clinics, daycare centers, school nurses and counselors, teachers, ethnic restaurants, food stores, hair salons and other businesses, etc. If you have information, please contact email@example.com.
We are collaborating with UMACA (USA-Mali Charitable Association) in their campaign Finally Girls Matter!
Please come support them and enjoy some Malian cultural performances on May 26, 12pm- 2pm in Washington Square Park.
Discount ticket sales have ended!
The Kota-Alliance is inviting all their friends to attend the new Broadway Musical Ernest Shackleton Loves me on May 12 at 8:00 p.m., followed by a moderated talk-back with the cast which will include a discussion of female empowerment as it relates to both the show and the creation of the musical. Female empowerment was the goal of the writers when scripting this show and it is an interesting story how this evolved between the writer and the star. Exclusive talkback after the show with the cast.
“AN INTREPID NEW MUSICAL. EXHILARATING.”
The New York Times
“THANKS TO ‘SHACKLETON,’ ANTARCTICA HAS NEVER SEEMED SO WARM.”
“VISUALLY IMPRESSIVE, SONICALLY INVENTIVE AND WHIMSICALLY DIVERTING.”
“A MUST SEE MULTI-MEDIA EXTRAVAGANZA!”
Join us and be inspired to take an active role fighting for equality!
Ticket Price: Free!
Time: 6pm on April 21, 2017
Location: Centre for Social Innovation
Third Floor, 601 W 26th St #325, New York, NY 10001
On April 21, 2017, Hunter College of the City University of New York will be organizing a Campus Equal Rights Amendment Day.
We will be hosting a free parallel screening at 6:00pm in the Centre for Social Innovation of the award-winning film Equal Means Equal.
This is an insightful and thought-provoking documentary that sheds light on the social, economic, and legal setbacks women continue to face every day. It makes the compelling case for why the Equal Rights Amendment, stalled for many years, is necessary to ensure justice and equality for everyone living in the United States.
The screening will be followed by a live-streamed panel discussion moderated by Carol Jenkins featuring Gloria Steinem, Patricia Arquette and other honored guests offering attendees across the country the opportunity to participate in a real-time Q&A session via social media.
Free beer tasting by ToastAle! Thanks to @ToastAle for sharing your mission to brew away food waste! Check out https://igg.me/at/toastale and join us supporting @ToastAleUSA's campaign at for a delicious and drinkable solution to food waste! #RaiseAToast @ToastAleUSA"
Finally Girls Matter:
Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the New York area
Meeting for coalition building to fight FGM:
April 20, 2017 The Women's Lab,Centre for Social Innovation
6:30pm 601 West 26th St. Suite 315, New York, NY 10001
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 19.
As part of a citywide effort to prevent FGM/C of girls sent to their parents’ home countries during school vacations, The Kota Alliance is looking to establish a database of organizations and individuals who can assist by distributing information and/or organizing events about this issue: expatriate community groups, churches, mosques, health clinics, daycare centers, school nurses and counselors, teachers, ethnic restaurants, food stores, hair salons and other businesses, etc.
We are collaborating with UMACA (USA-Mali Charitable Association) in their campaign Finally Girls Matter!
A meeting of volunteers, both youth and adults, representing various immigrant communities in the greater NY area who want to join our Coalition Building subcommittee, will be held on April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm at The Women's Lab,
Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th St. Suite 315, New York, NY 10001.
Let's talk about periods because that's what we do!
UnTabooed has a one of a kind, one-hour workshop that blends all the facts and FAQ's about the menstrual cycle and reusablemenstrual products (you know, like those menstrual cups everyone seems to be talking about). Join us at the amazing New Women Space in Bushwick for a drink and sweet treat!
Leave feeling empowered from taking control of your body, and helping further our mission to provide UnTabooed workshops and reusable menstrual products to menstruators in need!
WORKSHOP AT A GLANCE
- What is the menstrual cycle?
- Cloth pads and menstrual cups - what they are, how to use them, how to wash them, and where to get them (hint: from us!)
- What are the benefits to switching to reusable menstrual products?
- Get some products and #choosetoreuse!
We like to think of it as show-and-tell.
Through our work with over 450 menstruating and non-menstruating workshop participants, we've found that most people want to see and feel the products in person before they are ready to make the switch from disposables.
We bring the highest quality and highest rated products to you, to help you make the switch to wallet, environment, and health friendly products!
It's your chance to help us #breakthetaboo!
NGOCSW Parallel event: GIRLS LEARN - Primary and Secondary Education in the Developing Country Context
The Kota Alliance is hosting a NGOCSW Parallel event
- a panel discussion and interactive Q&A:
GIRLS LEARN - Primary and Secondary Education in the Developing Country Context
@777 UN Plaza (at 44th St), Hardin Room
Primary and secondary education for girls is lacking in many parts of the world. It is essential to enable the participation of women in the workforce, which will lead to more prosperity, health, and peace. Come learn and engage with some of the organizations tackling this challenge from different angles:
Dr. Irving Fish, Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative
Dr. Susan Blaustein, WomenStrong International
Christen Brandt, Co-Founder and CPO, Shesthefirst
Gulalai Ismail, Co-Founder, Aware Girls
Dr. Sari Gold, Empower Nepali Girls
Moderator: Richard Lui, MSNBC anchor
Keynote speaker: Louise Guido, CEO, Mobile Technology in Emerging Markets
RSVP to email@example.com
Stress happens to all of us.
Up to 90% of all visits to the doctor’s office are stress-related, according to Harvard. Stress can be considered as much a risk factor for disease as smoking.
Why can two people be in the same situation and respond to stress differently? Can going through stressful times without stress be a learned skill?
Learn the difference between good stress, bad stress and how stress impacts the body.
Whatever your age or situation, this presentation will provide 10 tips to manage stress.
Everyone will learn a technique to minimize stress and maximize vitality.
About Dr. Wendy Hurwitz:
A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Wendy Hurwitz is a nationally recognized expert on stress. A former medical researcher for ABC News, Dr. Hurwitz is an expert in two fields: Mind/Body Medicine and Energy Medicine. She has a forthcoming book on stress.
Dr. Hurwitz helps organizations and individuals achieve peak performance by enhancing vitality and wellness. She translates the latest and most sophisticated scientific research into practical, easy-to-use techniques people can use to maintain and enhance vitality even under the most trying circumstances. Dr. Hurwitz has provided training for AT&T, Unilever, Lowe Worldwide, the FDNY, and has been an invited guest speaker at the United Nations.
Register for free from HERE!
Yoga Event: Align With Intention
Come and be a part of this special charity Yoga class that will help you align your intention for the new year, with Slow Flow Yoga + Yin + Essential Oils. This class is for everyone! You will not regret taking this time to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Slow Flow- yoga asana practice done gently and slowly.
Yin Yoga- passively held floor poses. Yin is deeply nourishing and has many benefits for any yoga practitioner. Enhances the flow of prana (life force energy) especially in the tissues around the joints, where energy often stagnates.
Essential Oils- Young Living oils are 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. These oils have an incredible power to shift your energy and bring you back into (spiritual) alignment.
Bowery Yoga (302 Bowery @Houston)
Instructor: Aino Siren
100% of the proceeds will benefit the work of The Kota Alliance. Thank you to Aino Siren and Bowery Yoga for making this possible!
Do you feel like you're always behind the eight-ball? Do you spend most of your day overly engaged with your devices? Why not merge these two habits, spin them around and make them work for you?! MacktaWorks is a consultancy that helps you with the business of your business so you can re-focus on your mission. Jess Mackta, founder of MacktaWorks, will be presenting tips and tricks for improving your workflow through time-keeping, project management and other organizational resources. Take a break and join us. We can't wait to see you! Bring your lunch.
Jess Mackta is a seasoned streamliner, having worked in creative services and non-profits for over 20 years. She thrives on sharing knowledge on how to implement less stressful, more efficient workflows through all facets of business. Her clients range from boutique service firms, architectural and design studios, to after school programs and family venture capital funds. Mackta graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received a Masters from the University of Arizona and has worked at Pentagram Design, Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others institutions.
If you come from outside the building, tell security you are going to CSI, on the third floor.
Around the corner from elevators B and C, take the corridor along the northern side of the building to suite 315. Welcome!
"In the future everyone will have 15 minutes of fame"
- Andy Warhol
We now live in that future. Come as the beautiful self you are. Makeup totally optional.
Work with photographer & artist Florence Montmare to tell the story of you, your brand, and create an effective profile image for your online presence.
Find your voice in front of the camera and drop in on this special for only $250. Part of proceeds will benefit the Kota Alliance. This offer is made possible with the support of the Kota Alliance and the Womens Lab of CSI.
Two lightly edited photographs for your website and social profile
White backdrop with professional lighting OR environmental shot at the Women's Lab
Come hang out, do a meditation in the BuddhaBooth or imbibe a lovely drink while you wait. Mingle with other great professionals and be photographed.
Book your ticket today to ensure a spot — space is limited so please register now!
Hope to see you there!
Join us for an interactive conference on this current topic!
While the participation of men and boys is critical to counter the effects of patriarchy, gender-based-violence, and gender inequality, men’s involvement is still limited. Only by transforming unequal power relations between men and women, and challenging traditional gender stereotypes, social norms and notions of masculinity, can gender equality be achieved. Men play a crucial part in this transformation.
Join us for a discussion with men who are engaged gender advocates to transform social norms, behaviors and gender stereotypes that perpetuate discrimination and inequality. They will share their experience and recommendations on how men and boys can creatively contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and discuss how male leaders and activists can be more effective in moving the agenda forward.
Complimentary breakfast included.
Free admission, registration required.
Designer Pop-Up Shop Benefit right after election day at Tatiana Designer Resale boutique! Come browse the discounted garments from several designers - various Italian designers from Ekavi Boutique, sustainable fashion from Bela NYC and luxury fashion from Richard Meyerson, Anjé Clothing and Junghee Kim. Also, Susanna Galanis is supporting us through the sale of her beautiful jewelry. If the weather is nice, refreshments will be served in Tatiana's charming backyard.
Date & time: 11/6/16, 1-4PM
Location: 126 Park Avenue East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
The day includes:
• master yoga class
• self defense class
• health and wellness seminar/Q&A with a Young Living Essential Oils representative
• food and beverages
Tickets can be purchased here.
Directions to the location:
20 minutes ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal. Take bus 163 and get off at Paterson Avenue at Lincoln Plaza. Head southeast on Paterson Ave toward Grove St. Turn right onto Park Avenue, the location is on the left.
Special Film Screening & Holiday Pop-Up Shop, featuring Local Artisans & Social Entrepreneurs
Please join the ZONTA Club of New York, in partnership with MOSAIC & ABN for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film, THREADS, November 17, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
THREADS is an intimate portrait of 84-year old Bengali artist, Surayia Rahman, who transforms the quilt-work tradition of Kantha to create possibilities for a better life for her family and hundreds of destitute mothers in Bangladesh. Over three decades, as their art becomes prized possessions of connoisseurs around the world, Surayia Rahman and the artisans overcome their hardships with needle and thread, stitch by stitch. THREADS takes us on a journey into the heart of an artist and illuminates an unconventional path to dignity and independence.
Following the screening, Llenay Ferretti, founder of Bhavana World Project will moderate a thought-provoking discussion with Film Director & Producer, Cathy Stevulak.
Please join us for a cocktail reception to network with local artisans and entrepreneurs, who have benefitted from empowering women. Learn more about how these women turned their passion and dreams into thriving businesses, while browsing their product lines.
Participating organizations include Kantha Threads, NUS Beauty, Same Sky, Florish, and Woven.
If you'd like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
An informational session developed by former small business owner Lisa Macbeth expressly for small and growing businesses, detailing how to provide low cost and no-cost benefits like medical coverage, group benefits and retirement savings incentives without sacrificing an equity stake in the business.
Free admission, registration required.
"Small businesses are competing with big businesses on multiple playing fields. As a small business owner, you know what it takes to attract customers and retain them in the marketplace.
But how can you do the same with your employees?
You might not offer the largest paycheck-yet. But you CAN offer something valuable to keep your employees growing with your business: A great work environment, a supportive manager AND ...employee benefits.
We can’t help you with the first two- but we can help with the last!"
Our affiliate organization New Women New Yorkers' event
Having a good credit score is essential to so many things in your everyday life.
From getting an approved loan application to renting a car, reserving an airline ticket, purchasing insurance (yes insurance companies check credit too!), getting a job, and in some cases, getting an apartment, your credit is your bargaining chip. You need to protect it. Using credit wisely and having good credit is critical in wealth building.
This powerful and interactive session will show you exactly how to let credit work for you and help you build your wealth.
During this 2-hour workshop, you will discover:
- What credit scores are and how your score is calculated
- 4 things you never knew about (your) credit
- The 4 factors that don't affect your credit score
- The one reason your loan might still be denied even with “good credit”
- The 7 actions that will hurt your score
- 2 sure fire ways to establish or rebuild your credit
- My personal tips on how I built my credit
- And 4 easy ways to get your credit report for free!
Early bird tickets available here: https://creditscoreworkshop.eventbrite.com
All proceeds from the event will go towards New Women New Yorkers and its professional development program for young women immigrants.
Interactive workshop exploring wellness and beauty with Mary Chan Wellness and Rebecca Casciano
Do you feel too overwhelmed or busy to take care of yourself?
Join health coach and yoga instructor Mary Chan and makeup artist and natural beauty expert Rebecca Casciano for an interactive workshop exploring wellness and beauty, from the inside out.
Take home simple, practical tips that will allow you to bring self-care into your daily lives. Leave feeling feeling rejuvenated and inspired to create your own health and beauty rituals.
The event starts at 5.30pm with a healing, 20 minute Tai Chi class by Jonathan Angelilli. Feeling relaxed and refreshed, we continue to the workshop with Mary Chan and Rebecca Casciano at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Social pole walking event with Sonja Johansson from HYVÄ Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking Group event is a social walk using walking poles which is a Nordic thing. Compared to regular walking, pole walking is more efficient (burns 40% more calories) and activates your whole body (90% of body muscle). It's a perfect way to get good exercise while chatting with your friend and getting to know new people!
To teach us how to do it, we have Movement Educator Sonja Johansson giving a 20min representation of the technique, equipment and health benefits before the walk at CSI. The poles for the walk are provided by the instructor. The walk takes an hour, we will make a circle and return to CSI. Once you get excited, you can purchase your own poles after the walk!
For more information about pole walking in NYC, visit HYVÄ Nordic Walking website: http://www.hyvanordicwalking.com/about
The event is completely free. To register, please email to: email@example.com
* Directions to CSI:
It is located almost by the river, so 4 blocks to walk from the C, E train at 8th Ave and 23rd St - leave early! You can also transfer to the M23 bus and get off at 11th Ave & 23rd st., then walk up 3 blocks, turn left. Tell security you are going to CSI on the third floor. It is around the corner from the elevators on the north side of the building. We are in one of the classrooms at the back of the lounge.
Brown Bag lunch with Anu Partanen
Anu Partanen, is the author of
“The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life.”
A Best Book of Summer 2016
—O, The Oprah Magazine
A Best Nonfiction Book of Summer 2016
A Must-Read, Summer 2016
—New York Post
A Book You Desperately Need to Add to Your ‘To-Read’ Pile This Summer
Anu is a journalist originally from Finland, now based in New York City. She has lived in the United States since 2008, and her work has appeared in the New York Times and The Atlantic. She also worked at Fortune Magazine as a visiting reporter through the Innovation Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
In Finland she has held many positions ranging from managing editor to columnist, features writer to news reporter, lecturer to on-air commentator.
Her book “The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life” compares everyday life in the United States with life in the Nordic region.
Anu will talk about her book and we hope for a lively Q&A about issues affecting women in the Nordic countries, the US and elsewhere.
Bring your lunch!
Calling all dreamers!
If you have a dream and are not sure how to start it, if you are a social entrepreneur and are working on your business but need some help making it happen, or you want to uncover the dreams in your heart and move onto the path of your purpose, this DREAM Conference is for you.
If you are ready to be activated into action and want to be equipped with the practical ways to launch your dream idea, business, or charity, you don't want to miss this event!
Hosted by The Women's Lab @ The Centre for Social Innovation, and sponsored by COFFEED, some of the speakers include Gina La Morte, Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Social Entrepreneur for Oprah magazine, People StyleWatch, and Neiman Marcus. Kris Miyake, Counter Culture Expert and Business Coach from Maui, Hawaii, and Brandon Holt, Singer and Songwriter and Music Consultant.
We will be featuring businesses and organizations from The Women's Lab @ Centre for Social Innovation.
Both guys and gals are welcome!
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR, COFFEED. COFFEEDNYC.com
The Fashion For Good! Sustainable Style Awards were a huge success! Check out more information here:
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM New York, NY
We're happy to invite you to our partner NGO NFCC's event!
The #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign brought together Kiran Gandhi and Rupi Kaur, two activists and artists, to meet for the first time and create a unique composition meant to empower women around the world that was recorded at DMNDR Studios in NYC. We are excited to finally release the short music video for "Sun Spills" on March 30, 2016.
There will be brief introductions by Rupi Kaur and Kiran Gandhi before showing the video. A night of fun and celebration to follow!
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The #Let’sFaceItPeriod social media campaign aims to start an open and global dialogue on menstruation, to break taboos and stigmas that exist worldwide, and to raise funds to support menstrual health programs in Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan and the US to keep girls in school. The launch event of the Let’s Face It. Period. Campaign took place at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City on September 1st 2015.
The first collaboration between Rupi and Kiran, amongst many others, will support the #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign by allocating all benefits to the campaign. The #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign will be supporting four organizations that work in Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan, (Huru International, Girls Health Ed, Femme International and Stand4Education). Through these projects, we will provide 23,000 girls with access to sustainable and reusable Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) products, including training on Sexual Reproductive Health and women’s rights. The #LetsFaceItPeriod campaign will continue until the end of March 2016.