WDN in Liberia: A Country Where Women Are Changing HistoryTue, 3 Dec 2013In early December 2013, a delegation from WDN will join forces with Meridian Institute and The Foundation for Women-Liberia (FFW-L) to meet with and learn from the inspirational women of Liberia. After nearly two decades of war, women from Liberia, with assistance from international women, multi-lateral donors, the United Nations and others, have participated in transforming Liberia. Women played a powerful role in bringing peace to Liberia…from grassroots organizing, to the coming together of Christian and Muslim women, to silent protests and prayers for peace.
In a one-week urban and rural trek, we will meet with senior government officials, including the President, Nobel Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President, Joseph Boakai. We will visit rural areas and see the work that the women of Liberia are accomplishing in this recovering country. We will spend time with FFW-L CEO Emily Guegbeh Peal, who lived as a refugee for many years in California until a peace agreement was in place in her country. She returned home to support microfinance and business development with women in thirteen of the country's fifteen counties and over 100 communities. We will also take part in cultural experiences unique to Liberia.
We are planning our dates to coincide with the 2013 All Liberian Women's Summit and the Foundation for Women Liberia's Annual Celebration. The overall purpose of our trip will be to meet and exchange stories and ideas with the women of Liberia, and to see firsthand the horrors of war, superseded by the beauty and commitment of the powerful women who have changed the future of their country.
Measuring What Matters: Getting to the Heart of ImpactTue, 10 Dec 2013
Please join us for an exciting webinar designed to build your skills as a funder by discussing a holistic approach to evaluation. Too often funders and grantees are frustrated by the inability to really measure what matters to them - knowing there is positive social impact in our communities. This workshop is designed to help you build your evaluative capacity, draw connections to effective leadership, and build power through participation.
If you want to…
· Understand evaluation as a means of learning for improvement rather than only a tool of accountability
· Learn how to design evaluation that is helpful to you as well as to your grantees
· Identify intangible aspects of your investments that you would be interested in learning more about (for instance, organizational culture or staff capacity)
· Address issues of power and get to the heart of human change
…this training is for you!
We are thrilled to have Kate Sheppard, Senior Director of Operations with the YMCA of San Francisco, and Steve Patty, Founder and Principal at Dialogues in Action as our presenters on the call. Kate and Steve will share how evaluation methods are changing the way we challenge assumptions and we’ll explore how to creatively collaborate for the change we want to see in the world.
As Founder and Principal at Dialogues in Action, a consulting firm that provides qualitative research to enhance organizational health and culture, Steve Patty designs educational processes to maximize human capital, and grows leadership development strategies with human service organizations. His background is in academia, serving as Associate Director of Doctoral Programs at the University of Monaco in the Principality of Monaco (in cooperation with the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis), where he continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member. He also held the department chair in Educational Leadership at Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. He has a Ph.D. from Trinity in Chicago, IL and has been trained at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, MA. He is a frequent conference speaker, an author, entrepreneur, and avid inquirer into the development of human and organizational potential. Steve is based in Portland, OR.
Kate has expertise in coaching and developing staff, program innovation, program management and evaluation, risk management, fundraising and community development, volunteer development, qualitative assessment, strategic planning, and leading organizational change teams. Kate has a particular passion for assessment and has participated in and led countless qualitative research studies both locally and nation-wide. Since 1996, Kate has worked and volunteered for several Bay Area and national non-profit organizations with emphasis in staff development and training. Kate’s work focuses on helping non-profit organizations develop leadership, evaluate and articulate impact, and synchronize their actions and ideologies. For the past eleven years Kate has worked for the YMCA of San Francisco. In her current role as Operations Director she develops organizational leaders to ensure the YMCA is carrying forward its mission of strengthening communities through healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Kate is based in San Francisco, CA.
Prospective members are welcome to attend. RSVP to Kathleen Andreson at firstname.lastname@example.org
WDN members may use the link below.
Bay Area Regional MeetingWed, 11 Dec 2013
Please join us for lunch and brainstorming about 2014 programs!
11:30 am - 2:30 pm, at the home of Janine Saperstein, RSVP for Location Details
RSVP to Kathleen Andreson.
If you know other women donors in the Bay Area who may be interested in learning more about WDN, please forward on this invitation!
What if Our Country's Leadership Reflected the Population it Serves?Thu, 12 Dec 2013
One of the exciting conversations we had at this year's conference was about a big idea WDN has been developing -- a project focused on creating what we're calling reflective democracy. It's the simple yet radical idea that the leaders of the country -- starting with politics and government -- should demographically reflect the population they serve. We believe that our progressive vision for the country's future would be better served if women and people of color were proportionally represented in our political leadership.
Research we've completed over the past six months has shown that despite a lot of great work by progressives to recruit and train women and people of color for political leadership, there are structural barriers that must be addressed to move the dial to achieve this vision of equal representation. These barriers are the reason why women, who are half the population, have been stuck at 20% representation for decades, and why people of color -- a growing share of the population -- have also been woefully under-represented.
We've set up a webinar on Dec. 12 for those who were not at the conference to hear and learn more, and we welcome those who were at the conference to join as well!
Those who were at the conference heard about this research, and a plan we've developed for taking on this huge problem, strategically and collectively as a network. The strategy was informed by and will be done in partnership with grassroots groups with the goal of building political power for women and people of color. We have built an "emergent strategy" to maximize WDN's resources, and we are still seeking feedback as the plan develops.
WDN members can RSVP using the link below. Prospective members can RSVP to email@example.com for call details.
The Strategic Role of Women in Peacemaking in the Israeli/Palestinian ConflictTue, 17 Dec 2013
The Middle East Peace and Democracy Circle has been learning about the very significant impacts women's input and inclusive processes in peace negotiations have on the achievement and sustainability of peace agreements. We have been engaging with the Institute for Inclusive Security (IIS), for which this is the central mission. We began to share on this topic at our Circle meeting in San Antonio, and have no doubt about its importance for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
How can we support efforts of Israeli and Palestinian women to weigh in on the negotiation issues that will and should be discussed, to add a gender analysis to the way they are understood, and to move their leaders to meet commitments on women’s inclusion in the current peace talks? How can we continue to press our government to meet its own commitments to women’s inclusion in the US part of the process?
Please join us for a call with 3 dynamic women from the Institute for Inclusive Security:
Jacqueline O'Neill, Director, Institute for Inclusive Security
Michal Hatuel, Israeli Coalition Coordinator, Forum Devora, Tel Aviv
Kristin Williams, Writer and Program Associate, IIS
Jacqui will address the value-add women bring to the peacemaking table and as advisors to negotiating teams around the world. She’ll provide an overview of the current status of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in the US, Israel and in the Palestinian Territories. Passed in 2000, 1325 is a landmark international legal framework that addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should play in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. It also calls for increased participation and representation of women at all levels of government decision-making.
Michal will describe the Israeli coalition she facilitates, and their main goals and strategies. Kristin will report on the work of the Palestinian women’s coalition IIS is working with, and the sensitive issues their involvement in cooperative work with the Israeli women’s coalition raises. In the Q&A part of the call we hope to begin exploration of ways WDN might support their work.
Click on this link for the Institute for Inclusive Security. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn directly from Jacqui, Michal and Kristin about the powerful work they are doing to amplify women’s perspectives and voices in resolving conflicts.