Updated May 5, 2013

WomenNC 2013 Fellows Global-to-Local Community Presentations

WNC 2013 CSW Fellows hit the ground running upon their return from a packed schedule  at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women!
An integral part of the Fellowship is to share experiences and new ideas garnered at the U.N CSW conference, with members of our local community.  Their enthusiasm is contagious and often encourages volunteers and students to get involved with WomenNC’s leadership training and advocacy works.

March 13, 2013 – UNA Wake Dinner Forum, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Four fellows & CSW Chair Jeff Martinson presented “Reflections of UN CSW Conference” to a packed dinner meeting of 40 plus UNA members and university students.

April 3, 2013 - UNC-Chapel Hill
Cabinet Center for Social JusticeCSW Fellow (Williams) presented:  Domestic Violence Awareness, Global-to-Local - Reflections of U.N. Participation CSW 2013, (40 persons) Chapel Hill

April 17, 2013 – Global-to-Local Symposium & Scholarship Award, UNC Chapel Hill, sponsored by WomenNC, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., UNC Dept of Women's & Gender Studies, Carmichael Community Government
All five 2013 CSW Team presented to a crowd of 50 students and local supporters, sharing personal stories, solutions and tactics, and how WomenNC Fellowship will impact their future plans to advocate for women’s human rights.  Also included was a slide show depicting  WomenNC Fellows 2009-13.   Many students posed questions regarding the Fellowship program for 2014. Emcee for the evening was 2012 CSW Fellow, Abby Bouchon.

A highlight was Cyrus King, Sr., presentation to Brian Min as recipient of the 2nd Annual Carolyn King Honorary Scholarship, demonstrating passion and advocacy for social justice, persistence to seek out solutions, and continuously went beyond the “call of duty” of WomenNC Fellows. Brian’s topic focused on The Benefits of Men’s Engagement in Violence Prevention against Women & Girls.

April 23, 2013 – AAUW, Raleigh Chapter –Student Fellows Present: Reflections of CSW2013 & Q&A  Immigrant & Refugee Women in NC (Narozi) and Human Trafficking Policy & Legislation (Fair)

April 28,, 2013 – CSW Fellow (Fair, UNC Law) Guest Speaker - HUMAN TRAFFICKING THE HIDDEN CRIME, hosted by United Methodist Women, UMC, Chapel Hill, (65-70 attendees).Speakers/represented included retired Senator Kinnard, Salvation Army (case management services), UNC Chapters Groups (i.e., Intl Justice Mission).

April 30, 2013 – UNC-Greensboro CSW Fellow (Wise) to Law and Society Class (15) Presentation: “ WomenNC Connecting as 1st Fellow to UNCG, & Reflections of U.N. CSW 2013”.

Many WomenNC Fellows Alumni continue making presentations throughout the year speaking at various Non-Profits, workshops, and events.

WomenNC members Join with NC Women United for Advocacy Days (pictures)

Beth Dehghan, Sue Ellen Rosen and Sandy Irving joined with NC Women United for advocacy days at the NC Legislature on April 9, 2013.  NC Women United (NCWU) is a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across North Carolina. NCWU works to build women’s power through grassroots activism, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and engagement in the political process.

Women’s Advocacy Day brought about 100 supporters from across the state to Jones Street to meet with lawmakers and advocate for proactive measures that prioritize the needs of women and their families in North Carolina, recognizing that the current legislative session has done little to advance the economic, social, and political status of women in the state. Kim Gandy, CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, was the keynote speaker of Women’s Advocacy Day.

“Already, the developments of the 2013 legislative session indicate many lawmakers have no problem reversing decades of progress or contributing to the steady erosion of critical rights and protections for women and families,” said Jina Dhillon, President of NC Women United. “We are here today to make our voices heard in the political process.”

Beth, Sue Ellen and Sandy visited the offices of Senator Neal Hunt and Representative Jim Fulghum.  We spoke with Research Assistant, Kyle Hall, in Senator Hunt's office, sharing with him our concerns about domestic violence and sex trafficking in NC.  We also shared the work of WomenNC and our concern about issues in this legislature that impact women in a negative way.  Representive Fulghum was unavailable so we left him messages with brochures about our concerns. We were invited back to speak with him at a later time.

This was a day when women broke the age-old silence of women and spoke on behalf of women throughout our state. The last of our actions was attending a press conference on behalf of all women and their issues.

WomenNC's Symposium - Global to Local: Reflections from the United Nations

What: WomenNC 2013 Student Fellows Present Reflections from the UN
When: Wed., April 17, 2013, 7:30 to 9:00pm
Where: Carmichael Residence Hall Ballroom - Google Map
101 Stadium Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Parking: Free parking available on Stadium Drive after 7:00pm
Sponsors: WomenNC, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., UNC Department of Women's & Gender Studies, Carmichael Community Government
Who: Free to the public!
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More Info: Email at or see our flier.

WomenNC sponsored five select students (Meredith, UNC-G and UNC-CH) to participate and present at the annual United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women. The 57th CSW Priority Theme focused on the "elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls".

Join us as the students share observations, what they learned, and reflect on their inspiring experiences. Learn about WomenNC's CSW Fellowship Program and how you can apply and get involved!

We will debut the 2013 CSW Fellowship slide show and award the 2nd Annual Carolyn King Scholarship.

Summary Report - WomenNC Fellowship "Local-to-Global" Dinner Forum – February 21, 2013: (pictures)

WomenNC's fourth Annual CSW Student Fellowship Dinner Forum proved to be an inspiring evening for the 180+ registered guests at NC State University Club. This event was an opportunity for local WomenNC supporters, including non-profits, business leaders, academicians, government officials, and students to witness the outcome of the WomenNC's signature Student Fellows' Research and examples of North Carolina "best practices" that they would share on the global stage.

The five 2013 Fellow's presentations focused on the UN's 57th CSW Priority Theme: "...status and programs to eliminate violence against women and girls".  Each student gave us a unique perspective on different elements of violence against women and girls, comparing local, national and global status. Although these unfortunate topics are often difficult to grasp, it was motivating to sense the passion exuded by WomenNC Fellows and progress being made by several North Carolina programs. For complete research papers and presentations, see the CSW2013 Fellows webpage.

Deborah Holt Noel, producer and host at UNC-TV, honored us as our illustrious emcee. She spoke of the importance of becoming aware and engaged in community issues and underscored the significance young leadership development. Bobby Moody, set the tone of the evening, serenading us with his mellow saxophone and accompanied WNC Advisory Board Member, Slater Newman, PhD, as the audience joined in the hail to "Ratify CEDAW".

Thanks to our event sponsors including UNWomen, AAUW Raleigh, ForceConcepts, The News & Observer, NCWomen United, Ipas, Women Business Owners Network (Cary), and several individual supporters. In-kind donations were provided by Core Catering and printers DocuSource of NC and GraphicMaster.

We are most appreciative of many attendees who took the challenge to "make a difference" with their tax-deductible contributions to WomenNC's Go the Distance Campaignto assist WomenNC in sponsoring NC university students for 2014 CSW Student Fellowship Awards. For details, regarding this year-long campaign, please see the Donation webpage.

An integral part of WomenNC's Fellowship program, is when the students return to share their "Reflections of CSW" at regional university and community speaking forums. We look forward to their role as WNC Fellow Alumni, whether as post graduate mentors and speaker representatives, or undergraduates, encouraging colleagues to apply for future CSW Fellowships.  Many WomenNC Alumni continue to be involved in our local leadership training and advocacy programs. We take an active role communicating with our cadre of Fellowship Alumni; there is no better spokesperson of our mission than our Student Fellows. This experience will affect these young adults for a years to come.

WomenNC will start recruiting for the 2014 Student Fellowship Program in August 2013.

Join WomenNC’s (WNC) 4th Annual “Local-to-Global” Dinner Forum

What: WomenNC 2013 Student Fellows Present Research Findings - Status & Solutions to Eliminate Violence Against Women in N.C., U.S, & Globally
When: Thurs., February 21, 2013, 6:00 to 8:30pm
Where: N.C. State University Club, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC
Who: WNC supporters, local business, government officials, non-profits, university sponsors, community members
RSVP & Registration: Walk-ins still welcome! Pay at the door. -

You can also make a difference! Please consider helping to make it possible for WomenNC to send these committed young advocates to the United Nations! Support these leaders for social justice with your tax-deductible donations by sponsoring from “5 to 508 Miles” with our “Go the Distance” campaign!

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Introducing WomenNC’s 2013 Student Fellowship Recipients:

WomenNC received nineteen highly qualified applicants from 5 of 16 solicited central North Carolina universities and colleges. After carefully considering their academic and service background, creative essays, references, and motivation to intently research and participate at the annual United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), WomenNC CSW Committee interviewed eight competitive candidates. Only fiscal constraints limited our selection to five well-deserved recipients. We are proud to welcome:

More details to follow as our 2013 Fellows begin their research, collaborate with “best practice” local agencies, and develop tactical recommendations.

October 23, 2012 - Jazzy Evening with WomenNC & InterAct (pictures)
WomenNC and InterAct were thrilled to host 120+ persons at Raleigh Little Theatre’s Gaddy-Goodwin “in-the-round” venue. We were honored to have WRAL Anchor, Jackie Hyland, as our evening emcee, with smooth jazz entertainment by Moment's Notice and the St. Ambrose Mass Quartet.

Attendees enjoyed delicious food catered by Urbana, while bidding on creative Silent Auction and Raffle items, thanks to the gracious donations from seventy+ local vendors. WomenNC’s five CSW 2013 Student Fellowship Recipients were introduced, and participants were touched to hear a letter written by a domestic violence survivor.

WomenNC & Interact collaborated for this October event (Domestic Violence Awareness Month), to encourage support for organizations assisting, empowering, and advocating for victims of domestic violence.

WomenNC wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

We look forward to working with you in 2013 as WomenNC leads young adults and advocates to eliminate injustices against women and girls within our community, region, and abroad. We could not be nearly as effective without our volunteers, supporters, and collaboration between organizations.

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