Nontoxic Living: Simple Tips to Detox Your Home, Body and Our Planet
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Nontoxic Living: Simple Tips to Detox Your Home, Body and Our Planet

Are you interested in sustainability and well being of our planet? Are you trying to reduce toxins in your life and at your home? Are you a woman entrepreneur on a social mission? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, this is the event for you! 

Join us for a relaxed breakfast event with Agnieszka Wilson, CEO of Urban Witches, Sophia Gushée, writer of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures and creator of the D-Tox Academy, and Eileen Moran, Program Director of You Can Thrive, to discuss non-toxic living and detoxing! We will talk about why reducing toxins in our lives is relevant for us and the planet as well as get practical tips on how we can make changes in our day to day lives to live healthier. These amazing women will also share their insights on being a female entrepreneurs with a social mission, so make sure to join us on May 15th in Women's Lab, CSI!

Make sure to bring some cash with you because we will be having Sophie's books and non-toxic items from Urban Witches sold at the event! Urban Witches are going to be launching their very own toxic free, high performance, organic, sustainable skincare line that day, so get ready to check that out as well! 

A light breakfast will be served.

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Campus ERA Day Viewing Party
5:30 PM17:30

Campus ERA Day Viewing Party

We are organizing a viewing party of the Campus ERA Event on Monday, April 15 at 5:30 pm, at the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City (601 W 26th Street (btwn 11th & 12th ave) Suite 325 New York, NY 10001)! We'll be connecting to the event via live video connection and we have the possibility to join the discussion and the Q&A in the event. The viewing party will take place at the Women's Lab of CSI and we will provide some snacks and drinks for you as well. Please join us for a chill after work session and learn about the Equal Rights Amendment and the movement to make the Amendment happen!

The actual event is organised by a group of students participating in the Grove Fellowship at Hunter College led by Carol Jenkins. Together with the ERA Coalition, they aim to spread awareness of and gain support for the revitalized push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution. 

In 1923,the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was introduced in Congress to ensure that women were equal under the law and prevent sex-based discrimination.Almost one hundred years later, the United States Constitution still does not guarantee equal rights for women! To accelerate the pace of change, the Campus ERA Day was started in 2017. To learn more about the ERA Coalition visit and to learn more about the Campus ERA Day visit

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5:00 PM17:00

Girl Be Heard Performance and Reception with Kota


Join us for a meet and greet before heading over to see the Girl Be Heard 2019 MainStage show two blocks away. 

There will be a short introduction to the Kota Alliance, a hub and an incubator for not-for-profit organizations and businesses that work to advance gender equality. You will have a chance to network with friends over a glass of wine or Long Drink and enjoy enough hors d’oeuvres to last you through the show.

There will be a talkback with the cast after the show.

There are three ticket types:

Regular: $40 (This ticket type includes the reception and a ticket to the Girl Be Heard show)

Fairy godmother: $60 (Regular + contribution to GBH programming)

Fairy godmother + one-year Kota membership: $100 (Fairy godmother + individual membership to the Kota Alliance)

Students may request free admission with a school email address (There is a limited number of free tickets. Email to request a free ticket)

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6:00 PM18:00

What is Your Crazy? Women in the Workplace

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Let's explore what you can bring to your job, wages, feelings and how to move from the mailroom to the boardroom!

What does diversity and inclusion mean to women in the workplace?

Inspirational and motivational speaker, change agent and entrepreneur, Leslie Short from the Cavu Group will lead this fun and interactive workshop! Leslie's talents and skills are uniquely designed to seek growth through open conversations, conflict coaching, trainings and workshops. She has worked closely with Daymond John for nearly 20 years running his businesses. At the workshop, she will be addressing the unique challenges women face while navigating their careers; finding their voice, co-workers, wages and advancements. 

The Cavu Group believes that diversity and inclusion should be strategic and proactive with unlimited vision, not just an option in response to a crisis.

Drinks and appetizers will be served. 

Non-members: $20

Kota members and students with a school email address: Free (Limited number of free admissions. To reserve your spot, please email

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10:30 AM10:30

2019 NGO CSW63 - Economic Empowerment of Refugee and Immigrant Women

Join us for a workshop on intersectionality and economic empowerment of refugee and immigrant women!

Empowerment has become a buzzword for anything gender equality. But what does it mean to be empowered? Does empowerment mean the same for all? This event addresses economic empowerment from an intersectional perspective with a focus on sustainable livelihoods of refugee and immigrant women. 

The event is organized as a workshop in which representatives from refugee and immigrant communities from around the world share their experiences and strategies to promote sustainable livelihoods. Together with the audience, intersectional approaches to economic empowerment will be developed. The objective is to create a global network on economic empowerment for refugee and immigrant women. 

The event is co-sponsored by WoW e.V. and the Kota Alliance. It is part of the 2019 NGO CSW63 Forum parallel events.

WoW e.V. is a human rights organization that addresses intersectional discrimination in the German labor market. 

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9:30 AM09:30

#KotaDay2019 - Different and the Same: Collaboration for Gender Equality

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We are hosting the next #KotaDay in February and would love to see you there! The theme this year is Different and the Same: Collaboration for Gender Equality.

Many not-for-profits deal with economic and political but also social and cultural inequalities between genders. At the same time, cultural and social understanding of gender still varies greatly across nations and regions. How do we all work together toward SDG5 in the most focused and impactful way? How do we counter similarities and differences in inequality in the content of our programmatic work, but also in NGO workplaces, leadership practices, decision making? How do we learn from other contexts, from each other? Collaboration is science and art.

Our keynote speaker is Elizabeth Anne Eddy, Chief of Staff for SAP Next-Gen, a purpose driven innovation university and community aligned with SAP's commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals for sustainable development.

Most of the day will be spent in workshops on different topics. You have the opportunity to attend 5 different ones.

Workshop topics and leaders:

Foundational topics: What are the common tools needed across cultures for organizations promoting gender equality and women's empowerment?

1. Leadership/soft skills - Susan Blaustein, WomenStrong International; Arabella Meyer, media and strategic communications consultant.

2. Leadership/hard skills (project, legal and financial management) - Elizabeth Dembrowsky, Good Counsel Services, Inc. & Ryan Rogers, Oracle+ Netsuite

3. People management: Engaging volunteers and other allies - Christian Baldia, Constellation Strategy & Analytical Services & Johanna Seppalainen, Baruch College and NYU

Mastering and working across institutions and cultures

4. Generational and religious challenges across cultures in SDG5 advocacy - Saba Ismail, Aware Girls & Basilio Monteiro, St. John's University

5. Diverse approaches to non-violent communication and conflict resolution - Rachel Patterson, Glocal Consultants Group; Shneaqua Purvis and Amy Ellenbogen, Neighbors in Action

6. Multi-stakeholder program evaluations - William Bloomfield, Civic Strategies Partners;

Concrete tools to aid in collaboration

7. Human-centered program design across cultures - Joann Halpern, & Susie Kavanaugh, Hasso Plattner Institute

8. Incredible impact: collaborating for social good with social media influencers - Neil Feinstein, St. John's University & Minna Aslama Horowitz, St. John's University

9. Social media for nonprofits; innovation, collaboration and gender - Agnieszka Wilson, Partners for Creative Development & Helene Diyabanza Peterson, St. John’s University

Foundational topics (workshops 1 - 3) will be held in the morning and other workshops (workshops 4 - 9) in the afternoon.

The event is free of charge and open to all, but donations are very much appreciated. Breakfast and lunch will be served, courtesy of Proskauer LLP. 

More about the keynote speaker and workshop leaders here

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5:00 PM17:00

Destination Dining - Tokyo Kitchen (Sold Out)

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Over the last 40 years, millions of people in Japan have participated in one of the biggest de facto longevity and anti-obesity experiment of all time. Through the research they have discovered how to conquer obesity and live longer than any other nation in the world. Now you have an opportunity to learn how to cook the most delicious and healthy meal when Naomi Moriyama, the noted Japanese food writer, will demystify Japanese home cooking and show you how to prepare a typical Japanese home-style meal. At the end, we will sit down and enjoy our meal, and each participant gets to invite a friend to join us at 7pm.

Naomi will show you: Japan-style food patterns, characteristics of Japanese cooking, and a typical Japanese meal. The event will be held in a prestigious private Midtown residence. The exact location will be disclosed to attendees.

This event is part of Kota Alliance’s crowdfunding campaign to establish a World Center for Women; a hub and incubator for women-focused nonprofits and women social entrepreneurs in New York City. You can join this fun, delicious event and support our hard work to get there!

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About Naomi Moriyama: Naomi is a mother, wife, daughter, author and marketing professional. She is a co-author of “Secrets of the World’s Healthiest Children: Why Japanese Children have the longest, healthiest lives and how yours can too” (Little Brown, UK), “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old Or Fat: Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen” and “The Japan Diet” (Random House, US and UK). She was born and raised in Japan, and lives in New York City with her 11 year-old son and her husband and co-author, William Doyle.

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2:00 PM14:00

The Dignity Project: Screenings

The Dignity Project is a storytelling workshop for young women to learn new digital skills and share stories about important issues in their lives, in the process empowering themselves and each other. It establishes a safe space for young women, where they are free to create their own personal expression through digital storytelling. We strive to raise awareness about women's rights and build collective responsibility in the community. The mission of The Dignity Project is to empower young women to become agents of change and to end violence against women and protect women’s rights.

During this fall's 4-week-program, the participants of The Dignity Project learned to explore themes of gender-based violence and learned the basics of digital storytelling, creative writing, video making and vlogging with modern technology and with the assistance of the professionals of the field. The outcome of the project was 5 short films, each telling a different story about the experiences of living in this country as a young woman immigrant with a South Asian background.

We are proud to invite you to the screenings of the short films made by the Dignity Project students! During the event, the participants of the program will receive a certificate of graduating from the program.


The Dignity Project is a New York based collaboration between The Kota Alliance, Saba Ismail of Aware Girls and Florence Montmare, supported by Eileen Fisher Community Partnerships. Thank you to the Lower East Side Girls Club for generous contribution of their space and equipment which helped make this program possible!

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6:00 PM18:00

Impact Investing in Women - Locally & Globally

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You are warmly welcome to join The Kota Alliance and SAP Next-Gen who are co-hosting this event with five amazing panelists exploring an increasingly important topic.  We will discuss the importance of investing in women's enterprises whether small or large, local and global. There will be a brief presentation of Kota's plan for a World Center for Women in NYC. Ann Rosenberg (Senior Vice President and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen) will share global perspectives on making technology, innovation and entrepreneurship work better for women and girls conversation, and there will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation.  For social impact investors, women investors, philanthropic foundations, MBA students, corporate CSR people, nonprofits with or considering investment income sources, women entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the topic!


Ann Rosenbergmoderator, SAP Next-Gen

Stephanie Finigan, Value For Women

John Meyers, Impact Capital Forum

Alissa Lentz, Hero Backpack

Nathalie Molina Niño, Brava Investments

Further panelists to be confirmed.

Free admission for Kota members; non-members suggested donation $10. RSVP here!

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6:00 PM18:00

Beyond #MeToo - Take Action for #WomanPower

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Exactly one year ago the world was changed forever by the #MeToo movement, and the way sexual harassment and assault are discussed has definitely changed for the better. Millions of women around the world were encouraged by the campaign to come forward with their experiences of sexual harassment which has been a milestone on our way to gender equality. #MeToo is a culture-changing campaign, but the question remains: what now?

We need to make sure the gender equality message gets across to new audiences and new generations. At Kota, organizations such as Colors of Connection, WomenStrong, and Aware Girls can collaborate and increase their impact. Kota is the framework where this happens.

Come listen to these organizations talk about their work, and join us at our crowdfunding campaign launch party, let’s get to know each other!

Drinks and appetizers; free admission for Kota members; non-members suggested donation $10.

RSVP here

Music by Michelle Green 

Michelle Green is an Israeli native, who served in the Army and participated in the writing and recording of a special project honoring and memorializing soldiers who passed. 
She finished her studies at the Berkeley College of Music in Boston and is fluent in both English and French.

She was an Israeli Idol semi finalist and has a very impressive resume, some of which is highlighted here.

Michelle Green has acted in a lead and vital role in Voca People, an internationally famous ensemble performing vocal theater that combines various vocals to reproduce the sounds of an entire orchestra. Created by award-winning comedian and actor Lior Kalfo, Voca People has received numerous impressive reviews in leading publications such as The New York Times, Broadway World, and Huffington Post.

As one of the key vocalists in Voca People, Michelle has had the honor of performing with the group all over the world which includes tours in the United States, the United Kingdom, Columbia, Uruguay, Germany, France, Holland, Hungary, and Italy, as well as performances in major cities in Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Switzerland, Guatemala, Canada, Malta, and Japan. Michelle’s performance in these tours distinctly marks her as amongst the top professionals in the field of performing arts.

Michelle is also a distinguished and talented voice-over actress and singer who has worked on a long-list of impressive projects. She has recorded her voice for popular productions by prominent film studios like Disney and Pixar, which includes the films Enchanted, Bolt, Wall-E, Tinker Bell, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Pokemon, and Camp Rock. She has also performed as the voice-over for characters in many well-known television series such as Phineas and Ferb, Sesame Street, Care Bears, and Strawberry Shortcake. Additionally, she has been selected to use her exquisite voice to sing in the theme songs for famous films including Sailor Moon, Tiger and Pooh, The Lurex, Baby Looney Tunes, and many other dearly loved movies. 

Michelle Green has certainly established a reputable career in the performing arts industry, and her long-list of performances and projects is something that any performer would envy.

Michelle Green

Michelle Green

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10:30 AM10:30

The Dignity Project

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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 15-21 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: Lower East Side, Manhattan. Exact location to be disclosed only to the selected participants
Attendance in all 4 sessions is mandatory to receive a certificate and become an alumna of the program. 

Deadline for the application is October 1, 2018
Link to the application:

The Dignity Project is a New York based collaboration between The Kota AllianceAware Girls and Florence Montmare, supported by Eileen Fisher Community Partnerships.

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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.

The donation boxes can be found on the 3rd floor outside the Centre for Social Innovation (#325) and outside of the Property Management Office at Starrett Lehigh, 601 W 26th St, New York (2nd floor).

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

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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 (

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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:

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


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9:00 AM09:00

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:

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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.

Get your tickets on Eventbrite!

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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 ( 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

How to buy the ticket?
You can buy your ticket on Eventbrite:

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.

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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.

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6:30 PM18:30

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

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Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls

Gulalai Ismail of Aware Girls


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


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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.

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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 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

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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