to Oct 5

Bravo - Bra Donation Campaign

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Many women have un-needed bras in their wardrobe. Instead of throwing them away, why not donate them for a good cause? The donation boxes can be found in the Starrett Lehigh building October 1st -5th, 2018. Remember to make sure the bras are either new or washed if they are lightly used. The donated bras will be sent to El Salvador, Mozambique and Uganda for women who are survivors of human trafficking, to start their own businesses selling second-hand bras in their local communities.

Join the movement and support women together with The Kota Alliance!

For more information: https://freethegirls.org

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to Oct 27

The Dignity Project

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The Dignity Project is a New York based collaboration between The Kota AllianceAware Girls and Florence Montmare. The Dignity Project envisions to establish a safe space for young women, where they are free to create their own personal expression through digital storytelling. We strive to raise awareness and build collective responsibility in the community. The mission of The Dignity Project is to empower young women to become agents of change. The ultimate goal is to end violence against women, protect women’s rights.

Expectations of the Program: The program is 4 consecutive weeks and the participants will learn explore themes of gender based violence in their communities and with the help of creative writing and videography experts develop their own stories using modern technology. 

This digital storytelling program is currently offered to the young women immigrants between the age of 15-18 residing in Queens and Brooklyn of South Asian origin (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka). The leadership program is free of cost. Travel, refreshments and equipment for the projects will be provided. 

*Being part of the program you will get a chance to win up to 300 USD prize money

Workshops every Saturday 10:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Program will run October 06 - October 27, 2018
Location to be Disclosed only to the Selected Participants
Attendance in all 4 sessions is mandatory to receive a certificate and become an alumni of the program. 

Deadline for the application is September 10th, 2018
Link for the online application coming soon!

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6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable Fashion and SDGs: Different Contexts, Same Mission

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This event presents and debates how a transformation in the fashion and textile industry can contribute to a shift towards a more sustainable and resilient society.

This industry can together be transformed to resilience to respond the most threatening development, equality and poverty questions of our time. Discussion table will be joined by actors from private to public sector, all supporting and giving visibility to leading sustainability innovations creatively tackling social and environmental issues via textile industry to inspire how different industries in collaboration with civil society, business and governmental level can transform as a force for good.

The speakers of the panel include professor Steven Cutting from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), founder of Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) and activist Patrick Duffy, desinger Jessica Schreiber from FABSCRAPS, John Meyers from Impact Capital Forum, Maria Ceccarelli from United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Nikita Varma from Hecho por Nosotros & Foro de Moda Ética Latinoamérica.

All interested in fashion and the UN work toward Sustainable Development Goals are welcome! The event is free but get your tickets soon: the space is limited to 50 participants. Remember to sign up on Eventbrite!

This is an official side event of the UN High Level Political Meeting on Agenda 2030 (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018).

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to Jun 28

A Joint Celebration of International Yoga Day and World Refugee Day

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In celebration of International Yoga Day and World Refugee Day, Amal Alliance, Inc. and The Kota Alliance are organizing yoga classes to support Syrian children in refugee camps in Greece and Lebanon.

The event is part of Amal Alliance’s program #Reach4Refugees, which is a global call to action for “like-minded” organizations to raise awareness and share outlooks to counter marginalization and build cross-cultural relations.

We would like to invite you to enjoy the power of yoga and support a good cause with our amazing teachers.

The classes are open for all experience levels.

Please bring your own mat.

The class details:

- Wednesday, June 27, 6:30pm-7:30pm @ Women's Lab. Teacher: Jennifer Cook

- Thursday, June 28, 11:45am-12:45pm @ Classroom B. Teacher: Rima Zabian

- Thursday, June 28, 3:30pm-4:30pm @ Classroom B. Teacher: Sari Gold

Remember to sign up on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-joint-celebration-of-international-yoga-day-and-world-refugee-day-tickets-46857455912

 Tickets are $15 and discounted tickets for students and interns are $10.


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Midsummer 5K Run / Nordic Walk


This is the 7th annual Finland Center Midsummer 5K run/Nordic Walk which is to be held on Sunday, June 17th, with start at Bartel Pritchard Lot at Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.

Pre race packet pick up will be at the Running Company, at Time Warner Center in Manhattan, on Saturday, June 16th, from 11 AM to 5:00 PM.

Nordic Pole walking is noncompetitive. Walkers will leave after runners. Instruction in proper use of poles at 8:30am by certified instructor from Hyva Nordic Walking. Nordic Walking Poles and Audio Receiver will be provided. Please bring a pair of headphones.

The race starts at 9:00 AM, the course will be a 5K loop of Prospect Park. Arrive at Bartel Pritchard Lot for pre race meeting at 8-8:30 am. 

Participants will receive: T-shirt, discount coupons from the Running Company, and candy from Sockerbit. Ekavi Boutique will donate a $200 gift certificate as women’s First Prize. Men’s First Prize will be two custom shirts made with a special fitting at Woodies Clothing.

At the finish line, participants will enjoy water and rye and cheese sandwiches. 

Runners can create their own fundraising campaign for the race and get a chance to win a $150 gift certificate to fashion boutique Samuji. For fundraising campaign, visit here.

Children are also welcome to join with their parents.

Register here: https://www.active.com/brooklyn-ny/running/finland-center-midsummer-5k-run-2018?int=

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6:00 PM18:00

A Fundraiser in support of Hope and Dreams Initiative

Hosted by Kota Alliance in collaboration with BeGirl and Days for Girls

Join us for an inspiring evening in celebration of the Global Menstrual Hygiene Day, with an incredible panel discussing periods, global taboos and more. Learn about Hope and Dreams Initiative and their work in Nigeria empowering girls with education and menstrual health. Get your very own copy of Periods Gone Public signed by the author, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. Enjoy our silent auction while having drinks and hors d'oeuvres and mingling with a beautiful crowd.

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6:30 PM18:30

Impact Investing for Global Business


The largest event room at the Harvard Club will be the stage for bringing together the different stakeholders in the field of impact investing: Nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, women's enterprises, social impact investors, and corporations and their CSR departments, particularly those involved in US-China trade relations.

Host: New York Woman Association; Co-host:The Kota Alliance; Moderator: Han Bao, Prophet Partners LLC


6:30-7:00pm Cocktail Networking session, introduction of keynote Guests

7:00-7:30pm Guest Speakers

7:30-8:00pm - Panel discussion:

Topic 1: How impact investing changes the role of corporations and institutions

Topic 2: Global impact investing targeting women's enterprises and leadership

Topic 3: The Trend of China’s impact investing and cooperation with US

8:00-8:30pm Networking reception - Cocktails, coffee/tea, pastries

Speakers, panelists and ticket purchase:

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6:00 PM18:00

Board Management 101 Workshop

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Come exchange experiences, learn and increase our collective effectiveness and impact! 

Rachel Patterson, Board Development and Strategic Planning consultant, and Founder of Glocal Consultants Group LLC has agreed to offer her Board Management 101 workshop to the The Kota Alliance, Women's Lab and CSI community. Board Members, Non-profit executives, and even those considering joining a Board are welcome. The workshops has been offered at the University of Chicago OnBoard conference, online, and directly to a dozen boards.

When we get the right people at the table, and have the honest discussions, magic can happen!

Here is a quote from a recent Glocal client:

"Working with Rachel renewed our commitment to becoming a higher functioning board, reminding us of our responsibilities and giving us empowering tips on how to get our work done for the greater good and our own personal/professional satisfaction as well."

- Sherry Miller, Board Chair, SERES Global Board

The workshop takes place in the Women's Lab on Tuesday, April 10th 2018, at 6 - 7.30 PM. The event is free for CSI members and $10/person for non-members.

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8:30 AM08:30

The Kota Alliance's CSW62 parallel event: Storytelling for Women's Empowerment

Come investigate efficient tools with us for making women's voices heard!

The Kota Alliance has the honor of organizing this free parallel event with NGOCSW during the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW62) of UN Women  on Wednesday March 21 at 8:30 - 10:00 AM. In order to explore the power of storytelling in different formats, we will review stories on video and engage in interactive exercises with  Saba Ismail of Aware Girls, followed by a presenation, including a live performance by Nadia Manzoor of Burq Off! Everybody are welcome to join this free event and you do not need to have a UN grounds pass to enter.

Hope to see you there!

A collaboration of: The Kota AllianceBurq Off! and Aware Girls

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12:30 PM12:30

Celebration of International Women's Day on Monday March 19

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Join us in celebration of International Women's Day at CSI for a potluck lunch followed by a fem-powered campaign video and storytelling. 

Inspirational stories about women and the enriching impact they have on our world. Become part of the #WhenSheThrives movement, a global campaign of adoration and appreciation of the important women in all of our lives. All campaign funds will benefit You Can Thrive! and their thriving breast cancer sisterhood. Have a tasty potluck lunch with our wonderful CSI (Center of Social Innovation) community. New faces are welcome!

Please send us an email (info@kota-alliance.org) to let us know what you are bringing to the potluck. There is a 10 dollar fee for those who decide not to bring anything but only eat.


12:30 potluck lunch (free if you bring food - ethnic encouraged! - $10 fee if you just come to eat)
1:00 #WhenSheThrives fundraising video
1:15 Social media posting about a woman who has inspired you
1:30-2:30 Sharing stories about influential women in our lives

A collaboration of: The Kota AllianceLife Of I, #WhenSheThrives, You Can Thrive!Virtueconomy and Centre for Social Innovation

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2:00 PM14:00

Photoshoot With Florence Montmare

Be photographed by acclaimed photographer Florence Montmare and create a lasting memory, celebrating yourself and/or be photographed with your loved one(s)!

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Drop in on this special for only $300, usual package price is $550. Part of proceeds will benefit the Kota Alliance.

You receive:

  • 3 lightly edited photographs
  • Professional lighting OR environmental shot at the Women's Lab room 315

Come hang out, do a meditation in the BuddhaBooth or enjoy a refreshing drink and snacks while photographing with her. Hope to see you there!

This offer is made possible with the support of the Kota Alliance and the Womens Lab of CSI. Next photoshoot 2/26/2018, if the times don't work with your calendar buy "set a date" ticket and email us about your preferred photoshoot time at info@kota-alliance.org

How to buy the ticket?
You can buy your ticket on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photoshoot-with-florence-montmare-tickets-43205952166?aff=es2

What can I bring into the event?
If you want a casual portrait, dress casually, if you want a more formal feel, wear something with more structure. If you love fashion, just go ahead and splurge! Stay with a classical look and avoid patterns and fashions that easily gets dated. Keep make-up light and natural if used.

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9:00 AM09:00

#KotaDay 2018: Storytelling for Women's Empowerment

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We are hosting our next #KotaDay in February and we would love to see you there, especially if you are a woman entrepreneur or work in a nonprofit with a mission to empower women. The theme for this year’s #KotaDay is Storytelling for Women's Empowerment. You are also welcome to join us if you are a student interested in women's empowerment and storytelling.

The first half of the day is dedicated to our guest speakers. Our keynote speaker is the Education Director of Democracy Now: Simin Farkondeh, an award-winning filmmaker, artist, educator and activist. In addition, there will be expert insights on public speaking, theater as medium, website design, photography, virtual and augmented reality followed by afternoon workshops on actual storytelling challenges faced by nonprofits.

RSVP on Eventbrite 


Read more about our speakers and workshop leaders here and take a look at the program below!

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to Dec 10

Kota @ Lightfoot Market Holiday Pop-up

Kota is participating in Lightfoot Market in Chelsea, New York. At Lightfoot Market, you can find gifts that are socially responsible and eco-friendly, gifts with a story and a purpose for good, that include apparel, home goods, accessories, bath and body products, art, outdoor gear, food, children's accessories and toys, and more.

Join us!
Saturday, December 9, 2017 12pm - 7pm
Sunday, December 10, 2017 11am - 6pm

The Metropolitan Suite, Chelsea - 123 W 18th Street, 2nd Floor
New York 10001

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12:30 PM12:30

Lemonade Party to Squeeze Gender-Based Violence

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Welcome to a fun and interactive discussion with our speakers Saba Ismail of Aware Girls and Jonathan Kalin of Party With Consent.

The proverb “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is to encourage optimism in the face of adversity. Aware Girls and The Kota Alliance are also very hopeful to see a world free from gender-based violence - but 1 in 3 women face violence in their lifetime. Aware Girls and The Kota Alliance are marking the 16 Days of Activism campaign by throwing a lemonade party at the Center for Social Innovation on 07th December in their efforts to end the increasing violence against women.

2017 marks the 26th year of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence; an international campaign that put strong emphasis to challenge violence against women and girls around the world. Every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize actions to end violence against women and girls around the world and rightfully stresses that gender-based violence is an international human rights violation. In the lead up to, and during, the 16 days of activism, organizations and individuals highlight the systemic nature of gender-based violence. The international campaign was initiated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (Rutgers University) in 1991.

This year’s theme is “Together We Can End GBV in Education”. For many children, especially girls, sexual abuse and harassment while receiving education is routine; they face verbal, physical, sexual or psychological violence at all levels of education in formal, non-formal, public, and private educational spaces and on the way to and from schools/ educational institutes due to stereotypes and gender roles attributed by the society. Gender-Based Violence in Education does not happen in isolation - it interacts with other forms of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, caste, class, indigenous status, migration status, shaping different forms of violence and further marginalizing women and girls.

Aware Girls in partnership with The Kota Alliance will throw a lemonade party at the Center for Social Innovation on 07th December 2017 at 12:30-PM -02:00 PM to turn this problem around and encourage everyone to play an active role in ending gender-based violence. Bring your lunch, unlimited lemonade will be served!

This event is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Location:                                                                                                                         RSVP
Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th St. suite 325.                                                             

New York, New York 10001
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6:30 PM18:30

Young Women and Disability: Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights to Leave No One Behind

We welcome you to join us to talk about issues young women with disability deal with. Our speaker Tanzila Khan from Pakistan addresses the challenges and opportunities for young women with disabilities in accessing sexual and reproductive health and rights ensuring to leave no one behind.

An estimated 15% of the world’s population live with a disability. Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs as other people but they face multiple barriers and challenges when it comes to information and services. This discussion will address the challenges faced by young women with disabilities and explore opportunities for inclusion of young women with disabilities.

Mostly disabled young women face significant challenges and experience multiple layers of discrimination which places them at higher risk of neglect, exploitation specifically related to the information and lack of information and services to SRHR. The World Bank reports that every minute more than 30 women are seriously injured or disabled during labour and that those 15-50 million women generally go unnoticed
Promoting gender equality and empowerment of women is essential to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this event Aware Girls and The Kota Alliance wants to change the stereotypes towards women especially young women with disabilities and to showcase the power of disabled young women activists as they have tremendous potential for leadership and the ability to transform communities.   

Light refreshments served. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated.

Location:                                                                                                            RSVP
Centre for Social Innovation
601 West 26th St. suite 325.                                                              
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6:30 PM18:30

An Evening with Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls, September 27, 2017

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Come join us for an evening with Aware Girls founders Gulalai and Saba Ismail and hear their views on empowerment of girls and young women in Pakistan.

Light refreshments served. The event is free but donations are greatly appreciated.


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601 West 26th St. suite 315.

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Gulalai Ismail, Bio

Gulalai Ismail, is the founder and Chairperson of Aware Girls; a young women led organisation in Pakistan working towards gender equality and peace which she established at the age of 16. She is a highly motivated women’s rights and peace expert, founder of the first ever young women and girls’ led organization Aware Girls working for women empowerment, peace building and countering violent extremism, with over 13 years of experience of human rights and peace work.

She has received 2009 YouthActionNet Fellowship, 2012 International Democracy Award, 2014 Humanist of the Year Award, 2015 CommonWealth Youth Award for her extraordinary efforts in building peace, gender equality. She has been recognized among 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy, 2013 and among “30 Under 30” youth activists by National Endowment for Democracy, USA. She recently received Chirac Peace Prize for her work on building peace, conflict resolution and countering violent extremism. She is also the Gulmakai Champion of The Malala Fund.

Gulalai Ismail of our member organization Aware Girls shared the story of her journey from jihadist sympathizer to peace activist in a TED talk: see www.kota-alliance.org


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7:00 PM19:00

Getting to 50/50 Rethinking the Past, Present & Future of Women + Power

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.

Read 50/50 Day Press including coverage of the Times Square billboard, recent ABC News article, NPR interview, Variety, Bloomberg, Time Magazine and more here.

Register HERE

Sign up for 50/50 Day 2018

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8:00 AM08:00

Finland Center 6th Annual Midsummer 5K Run & Walkathon

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 info@finlandcenter.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.
Prospect Park

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12:00 PM12:00

Finally Girls Matter: Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the New York area

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 info@kota-alliance.org.

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.

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8:00 PM20:00

An Epic Musical Adventure: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

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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.


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6:00 PM18:00

Equal Means Equal Screening @ The Centre for Social Innovation

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"

Vivian Chen is bringing her Hippie Cartel collection of affordable elegant jewelry tonight to the screening - make sure to get a gift for Mother's Day (or one for yourself!)

You can also get it from HERE

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1:30 PM13:30

Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Meeting

Finally Girls Matter: 
Combating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the New York area

Meeting for coalition building to fight FGM:

When:                                 Where:
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 rsvp@kota-alliance.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.

RSVP to rsvp@kota-alliance.org by April 19.
More info here

Dr. Jaana Rehnstrom, Founder and President, The Kota Alliance
Ms. Assetou Sy, UMACA Malian Cultural Center

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7:00 PM19:00

UnTabooed: Have a Happier, Healthier, Period.

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!


  • 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!

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2:30 PM14:30

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

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10 Tips to Manage Stress!

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.

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7:00 PM19:00

Align With Intention

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!

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12:00 PM12:00

Big Helpers for Small Businesses: Apps to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

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. 

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12:00 PM12:00

Fempowered Popup Shop Wed Dec 21 , 12-3pm

Come support female empowerment via Kota by shopping your holiday gifts from Anje Clothing and Hippie Cartel!   (if you can't make it, shop online!)

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!

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