IGNITE VULNERABILITY — EMPOWER YOURSELF AND BE THE CHANGE
Oct
19
12:00 PM12:00

IGNITE VULNERABILITY — EMPOWER YOURSELF AND BE THE CHANGE

A panel organized by Kota Alliance, FTDA (Finnish Tech, Design, Art), and Finland Center Foundation followed by a sound healing session by FTDA artists and #breakthemold photoshoot.

This one-day discussion & networking event contains a one-hour panel discussion, Voices From The North sound healing concert and empowering voluntary photoshoot.

We invite you to join us to talk about the achievements and positive changes that non-profits, academics, innovators and human rights organizations have achieved and will create in the future. Let's ignite our vulnerability together, make impact and cultivate concrete collaboration between our organizations.

As one of our highlights, we offer the possibility to take part and experience the well-known Finnish empowering photography movement "Break the Mold", and have your own picture taken.

Panelists

  • Anna Juusela is a founder of social impact startup We Encourage Education a Nordic Startup Awards 2019 Best Social Impact Startup Nominee, preventing child marriage.

  • Abdalaziz Alhamza is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender activist and IT trainer.

  • Tuulia Järvinen is a healthy food lover who believes in the power of empathy. She is the founder of Venner, a new kind of nutrition and education focused social enterprise aiming to reduce the polarization of well-being.

  • Yasmin Fodil is National Director of Community at 100Kin10 and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration and Digital Innovation at NYU Wagner.

The moderator of the panel is Anni Huhtisaari, an artist-songwriter and Women, Peace and Security advocate.

Programme

  • 12pm - 1pm Panel discussion: How can Technology Ignite Change Through Vulnerability?

  • 1pm - 1:30pm Voices From The North – a Sound Healing Empowerment Session

  • 1:30 - 6pm Networking Lounge & "Break The Mold" Photography Session

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Beyond Borders Forum
Oct
7
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond Borders Forum

Join the Women’s Education Project in attending their 3rd annual Beyond Borders Forum!

First Generation College Women
This year at Scholastic, WEP will shine its spotlight on first generation college women to tell their stories of how education has impacted their lives and what they have done to change the world.

OUR SPEAKERS:
UN WOMEN
Anita Bhatia, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women

SESAME WORKSHOP
Estee Bardanashvili, Sr. Director & Supervising Producer, Sesame Workshop

WOMENSPHERE
Analisa Balares, Founder and CEO, Womensphere

WEP ALUMNAE
Our alumnae will call-in from India to discuss their careers.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
NGO and other professionals wanting to join a global conversation on educating women to become leaders.

Click here to register!

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Eradicate FGM/C
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Eradicate FGM/C

There Is No Limit Foundation, Kota Alliance, and MALA will host an event on September 19, 2019 on the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly titled “Eradicate FGM/C”.

This event will discuss and concentrate on successful eradication examples of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). It will also highlight the commitment made worldwide to end the practice under SDG 5 – Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls.

There Is No Limit Foundation, Kota Alliance and MALA have three objectives for the event:
1. To mobilize stakeholders towards the achievement of target 5.3, the elimination of FGM
2. To share best practices on how stakeholders are implementing their commitments towards ending FGM
3. To showcase synergies between eliminating FGM and reaching other SDGs including no poverty (SDG 1), good health and well-being (SDG 3), quality education (SDG 4), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and reduced inequality (SDG 10)

Panelists:
Natasha R. Johnson
DR. Deborah Ottenheimer
Mariama Diallo

Background:
In 2016, There Is No Limit Foundation piloted the Break the Silence campaign series to mobilize people worldwide to speak up and take action to end harmful practices and violence against individuals. Female genital mutilation is the first campaign under this banner. There Is No Limit Foundation uses the power of youth to raise awareness about the practice and engage stakeholders in discussions about the consequences of FGM, and alternatives such as sexual education.

The Kota Alliance is a New York based nonprofit organization for gender equality and women’s empowerment. It advocates for SDG#5 and collaborates with and supports other organizations working towards the same goals.

MALA is a 501 (c)3 committed to promoting Muslim American heritage. MALA is defined by an existential concern for the well-being of all communities in America, and especially of children. Accordingly, we see it as our duty to join the effort to end FGM, and to help build strong and accommodating networks of support and intervention for those affected or at risk. For three consecutive years, MALA has led the conversation on FGM in the United States at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. MALA is an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council since 2019.

Female genital mutilation is one of the greatest threats to the health, well-being and economic prosperity of women and girls worldwide. This practice was included for the first time in the United Nations set of goals in 2016. It was listed under SDG 5, Target 5.3 Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

About SDG 5:
The United Nations estimates that over 200 million women and girls throughout the world have undergone FGM in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Latin America, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Sustainable Development Goal 5 calls on countries to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls. Within this goal, three of the targets relate to Female Genital Mutilation, calling on governments to:
1. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation.
2. Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
3. Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Program of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.

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TEDxFlatbush
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

TEDxFlatbush

Natasha Johnson, the founder of our partner organization Globalizing Gender, will be speaking at the upcoming Tedx event in Flatbush at Brooklyn College. The theme is "Mindshift" and will be held in front of a live audience and will be broadcasted on TEDs website. Johnson will be speaking about her organizations efforts to end female genital mutilation or cutting.

The event is open to the public. Please use the following link to access tickets to the event https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/31587

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The Dignity Project Screening
Aug
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Dignity Project Screening

The Dignity Project is a digital storytelling project for teenagers to learn about media and video making and editing. Our students have been working very hard on their projects and they are excited to share them with a public audience. All are welcome to attend this free event to experience the media skills of New York's up and coming generation as they use the skills they learned this summer to empower one another and themselves.

The screening will be held at the Hudson Guild Elliott Center 441 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001.

Click here to register for free tickets to the screening.

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Aug
9
12:00 PM12:00

SIMPOP: NY Social Innovation Makers Pop-Up

The key to SIMPOP is in the name, imagine a gathering of social innovators who showcase their product(s), share innovation ideas, best practices and their success stories, and network, network, network. 

NY Social Innovation Makers Pop-Up Market

Centre for Social Innovation New York invites YOU to join us for a Pop-Up Show Room on Aug 9th, 2019, in the Starrett-Lehigh Building, 3rd floor (601 W 26th St, Ste 325 in NYC). This focused new trade show is open for public from noon to 8pm, Friday August 9th.

Showroom will be open from noon to 8pm, with lightning talks going throughout the day and a keynote and reception starting at 6:30.

How can you participate?

As a visitor:

Buyers, industry professionals, store owners and the public are invited to meet up to 25 innovative products and makers as a lead in event to gift show weekend.

Sign up HERE for free tickets…

As a vendor: 

  • Rent 4.5 ft by 4.5 ft space for the whole day for $75 USD (no extra charge for a table and chairs);

  • Invite your network to attend;

  • Present your product(s) story for 7 mins to the live audience at the show and worldwide through social media;

  • Attend the keynote Speech about Social Innovation and Sustainable Product Making;

  • Come to the happy hour and network!

Vendor tables are available for CSI members as well as outside makers (craftspeople, designers, artisans, artists, etc). The vendor application is available online (https://tinyurl.com/y2cfa558), and asks vendors to describe their product's contributions to sustainability and social innovation. All vendors will be offered to give a lightning presentation or interview for seven minute product story clips for social media to document this innovation cluster.

This event is co-organized by Tahrir Scarf, The Kota Alliance, Vita-Activa.org, Jaiyou and the Centre for Social Innovation in NYC. Fore more information contact us at info(at)kota-alliance.org.

We will use #SIMPOP and #CSINY on social media! Remember sharing is caring!

*To enter the building where our event will take place, remember to bring and ID and register at the front desk. You will be directed to the Center for Social Innovation in Suite 325. Use the elevator or the stairs to come to the 3rd Floor!

Sellers reserve a table/space here:

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The Dignity Project
Jul
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Dignity Project

Are you interested in learning about visual storytelling, creative writing, video making and vlogging? Willing to share your story in a safe space and connect with new people? Are you a passionate promoter of girls' and women's rights? Do you live in New York and are you in between 15-21 -year-olds?

You might be the person we are looking for! The Dignity Project is a storytelling workshop for young women to learn new digital skills and share stories empowering one another. 12 participants will be selected for the program based on your application here.

The workshops will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6- 9 pm and the program will run July 16 - August 8, 2019. The workshops will be held at the Centre for Social Innovation, 601 West 26th St. (room 315), NY NY 10001

The program is free of charge for the participants selected. Refreshments and equipment for the projects will be provided. At the end of the program each participant will receive a certificate for successful participation of the eight sessions. A public screening of the videos will be held in early September.

The extended deadline to apply is July 15, 2019, click here to access the application.

The Dignity Project will be taught by filmmaker Arilyn Martinez Cora, with assistance from Saba Ismail of Aware Girls and possible guests. Read more about the previous course on The Kota Alliance's website: http://www.kota-alliance.org/digital-storytelling

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Migrant Women & SDGs UN High Level Political Forum Side Event
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Migrant Women & SDGs UN High Level Political Forum Side Event

The United Nations High Level Political Forum will be held at the UN Headquarters in New York from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019 with side events happening around the UN during the week. The theme of the Forum will be "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality" and the discussion will center on SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 &17.

This event hopes to highlight the work done by governments as well as local or international NGOs to improve the lives of migrants. The discussion will emphasize the effects of climate change and political as well as domestic violence as factors contributing to migration. Efforts by host governments and NGOs will be critically examined in the fields of education, health and employment.

The panel will include representatives from the following NGO’s:

- Zonta International: Pamela Morgan

- WithOrWithout: Annika Gordon

- New Women New Yorkers: Arielle Kandel

- Women’s Refugee Commission: Stephanie Johanssen

- CEPAZ (Venezuela): Beatriz Borges

- Women Coalition for Agenda 2030 (Cameroon): Pauline Lambou

The moderator for this event will be Judithe Registre of The Kota Alliance. 

Organizers: The Kota Alliance, WithorWithout, Women for Family Inclusion/ Women Coalition for Agenda 2030

Click here for free tickets!

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Midsummer 5K Charity Run
Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Midsummer 5K Charity Run

The event is organized by the NYC based Finnish cultural organization, Finland Center Foundation - everyone is welcome!. Our 8th Annual Midsummer 5K run is going to be held again in Prospect Park on the 16th of June. Part of the proceeds will go to support The Kota Alliance’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Everyone is welcome to run or follow the runners walking with walking poles or without (as long as you can complete the distance in an hour or less). Race packet pickup the day before at The Running Company Time Warner center. At the finish line, water and hearty rye sandwiches await you courtesy of Finlandia Cheese. Prizes for best male and female runner!

Sign up here!

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Workshop for NGOs: Maximizing Limited Communications Resources
Jun
10
6:00 PM18:00

Workshop for NGOs: Maximizing Limited Communications Resources

Getting the word out about your mission and organization is something every NGO grapples with. Everyone has advice about who you should be talking to, what platforms you should be using regularly, and what you should be doing to promote your issue and NGO. So often organizations end up doing a little of this and a little of that. How do you get the most our of your communications activities? 

On June 10th, Arabella Meyer will walk you through how to build a communications strategy and plan that will produce results. Looking at media, social media, storytelling, and web activities, she will help you identify the questions you need to ask and answer. 

Arabella Meyer is an innovative communications leader with 25+ years’ experience across sectors: NGO, nonprofit, Fortune 100, and media. She consults with NGOs and nonprofits, advising them on communications strategy and tactics. She specializes in uncovering the core of an idea, policy, or organization, and creating strategies and campaigns to bring that essence to life and effectively engage key audiences. She has experience across all communications disciplines: media relations, social and digital media, web publishing, messaging, and executive communications. She is based in New York City. 

Tickets: Free, but donations are encouraged to keep the Kota Alliance up and running for future events as well!

Networking reception included, sponsored by Finlandia Cheese and Long Drink

Sign up HERE!

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Nontoxic Living: Simple Tips to Detox Your Home, Body and Our Planet
May
15
8:30 AM08:30

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
Apr
15
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 www.eracoalition.org and to learn more about the Campus ERA Day visit https://pass-the-era-today.weebly.com/

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Apr
11
5:00 PM17:00

Girl Be Heard Performance and Reception with Kota

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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 info@kota-alliance.org to request a free ticket)

Supported by:

 
 
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Apr
4
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 info@kota-alliance.org)

Supported by:

 
 
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Mar
11
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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Feb
1
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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Jan
28
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!

Tickets - Sold Out

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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Dec
15
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.

Welcome!

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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Oct
29
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!

Panel: 

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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Oct
16
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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Oct
6
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: https://goo.gl/forms/rYuDJRMGDiPDm3TS2

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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Oct
1
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!

For more information: https://freethegirls.org

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Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Sustainable Fashion and SDGs: Different Contexts, Same Mission

  • CSI (Center for Social Innovation) (map)
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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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Jun
27
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.

Welcome!

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Jun
17
9:00 AM09:00

Midsummer 5K Run / Nordic Walk

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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=

                     Supported by:

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May
30
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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Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

Impact Investing for Global Business

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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

Program:

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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Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

Board Management 101 Workshop

  • Women's Lab, CSI (Center for Social Innovation) (map)
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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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Mar
21
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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