I think it appropriate to let those who were unable to attend last night's Women's Center WomC Dinner and Award program aware of the recipients. The evening was relaxing with delicious food and great jazz. This morning, the staff should be basking in the afterglow. Hope you will take the time to read about the WomC award recipients. Zoila
The WomC Emerging Impact Award: The Duke Men's Project - The mobilization of men on a weekly basis in the Women's Center to men's voices and privilege to combat gender violence and the reduction and elimination of the role patriarchy plays in the collegiate environment.
The WomC Campus Impact Award: Nur Cardakli - FEMMES
Through Femmes, Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science, local elementary and middle school girls are nurtured and encouraged in the STEM fields while learning the skills to fight against institutional patriarchy that forces them to chose between being smart and being desirable.
The WomC Student Community Impact Award: Lori Anne Owusu-Dapaah - The Girls Club
"Over the past four years, Lori Anne has connected with more than 50 Durham Middle School girls, teaching them the importance of education, self-respect, and making healthy lifestyle choices. With The Girls Club, Lori Anne has planned innovative programs and activities, which have positively impacted the intellectual growth, confidence, and self-esteem of these young menthes.
The WomC Community Impact Award: Vivian Bowman-Edwards - Alice Fest
Vivian is the founder and director of Alice Fest, a Durham-based film festival during March, Women's History Month that recognizes and encourages female filmmakers. She convenes a monthly group to exchange ideas, critique each other’s work, and keep up to date on video technology. Within that group, information is shared about historical and contemporary achievements by women around the world.
The WomC State Impact Award - NCCASA, the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault
NCCASA for 30 years is the premier state organization founded upon education, advocacy and legislation for the reduction and elimination of sexual violence. The organization provides support to more than 80 rape crisis centers in the state.
The WomC National Impact Award - The Beautiful Project - #dearblackgirl
The creation of a letter writing campaign bringing the beauty of Black women and girls to the forefront unapologetically, with intentionality, resilience, laughter and love. Weekly motivational messages through a blog of hope and inspiration emerge from all corners of the country, amplifying loudly the mattering of Black girls and women.
The WomC Global Impact Award - Suhani Jalota - Myna Mahila Foundation
She is the founder of a menstrual hygiene company, Myna Mahila Foundation, a network of young female entrepreneurs in slum communities in India who produce low cost high quality products. Her goals are not only to develop a business that can be sustained by the local women, but to promote hope, helping the women visualize a future for themselves and their families.”