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Tuesday Blast: In Our Own Backyard
Delivered: November 5, 2013
November 2013 Edition
By K. Sujata, CFW President and CEO
SAVE THE DATE:
North Shore House Party taking place at the home of Jennifer Steans and James Kastenholz
With your neighbors and friends,
enjoy the spirit of giving to help
Chicago's women and girls
at this festive event.
Tickets go on sale soon and
sponsorships are available.
Jennifer W. Steans
Kirk and Kim Hoopingarner
Deborah L. Puntenney
To join the host committee
or learn more,
contact Liz Rivera at
Powerful. Inspiring. Touching. Encouraging. These are just a few words that you, our CFW community, used to describe our 28th Annual Luncheon.
This year’s keynote speakers Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof told a powerful story about the most challenging issues women and girls face, “Here & Now.” They reminded us and reaffirmed for us the central component of CFW’s mission: women and girls are the solution. (Watch GlobalGirl Media's video recap of the event).
CFW’s responsibility to the Chicago community is to identify the most pressing challenges facing women and girls - economic security, violence and access to health care - and support the most effective solutions. One such pressing challenge is sex trafficking. During his luncheon speech, Kristof said, “Sex trafficking is one of the most severe human rights violations in America today. In some cases, it amounts to a modern form of slavery.”
The Congressional Research Service’s recent report on trafficking focuses on international and domestic human trafficking and U.S. policy responses:
- As many as 17,500 people are believed to be trafficked into the United States each year, and some have estimated that 100,000 U.S. citizen children are victims of trafficking within the United States.
- Based on national criminal justice and victim assistance data collected by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an estimated 58% of all trafficking cases involved sex trafficking.
Kristof presented various solutions on how to end sex trafficking, many of which CFW grantees are already working on, here in Chicago. One of his main points was that we need to end demand for sex traffickers and those who buy sex. He told the story of a woman in Nashville who has been arrested about 200 times for prostitution. Her pimp was arrested you guessed it, 0 times. Kristof said if we shifted law enforcement’s attention to the pimps and johns, we could end sex trafficking for good. Sound familiar?
According to CFW grantee Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), an estimated minimum of 16,000 to 25,000 women and girls are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in Chicago every year.
CAASE and the End Demand Illinois campaign have been working on legislation that changes that focus. The End Demand Illinois campaign is shifting law enforcement's attention to sex traffickers and people who buy sex, while proposing a network of support for survivors of the sex trade. To date, the End Demand campaign has led the passage of three laws that offer protections to survivors of the sex trade.
Sex trafficking is a complicated subject with many layers. Many don’t believe or understand what it entails or the frequency of it happening. Innovative advocacy is a way to paint the picture for those who need convincing. After a year and a half of research and interviews, Mary Bonnett, artistic director, Her Story Theater, wrote and created "Shadow Town" based on dozens of interviews from people involved with sex trafficking in Chicago including undercover detectives, caseworkers, FBI, vice squad, parents, pimps, therapists, and trafficked girls and young women of Chicago. A portion of the proceeds from the play will go to one of CFW's grantees, the Dreamcatcher Foundation.
What other ways can we work together to end sex trafficking here and now in Chicago?
I invite you to comment on this article. Please also join CFW on Facebook and follow CFW Twitter.
CFW and Board Boot Camp
CFW is a pioneer in teaching women how to be philanthropists and civic leaders. Our annual Board Boot Camp program is one program that we use to train women about philanthropy.
CFW recently hosted its fourth annual Board Boot Camp in October thanks to a generous grant from Crown Family Philanthropies with additional support from The Pierce Family Foundation. This year's board boot camp had 32 participants who were eager to learn about the skills needed to be effective board members.
Board boot camp included a comprehensive, interactive two-and-a-half day training where participants learned about board roles and responsibilities, understanding nonprofit financials and fundraising basics. There was also a panel discussion where women currently serving on boards and CFW grantee organizations shared their experiences, as well as a reception where participants met CFW grantees in need of board members.
In the spring, be on the lookout for Board Boot Camp: Reboot. The Reboot program is designed for women who have served on a board for five years or less and are looking to take their participation to the next level.
Does ‘Orange Is the New Black’ get women’s life in prison right?
The Netflix series, “Orange Is the New Black?" is a comedy-drama series that discussed the realities of female life behind bars. In a recent Chicago Tribune article, CFW grantee Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) was asked to discuss the show and if it is a true depiction of women's lives in prison. Read the full article HERE.
New app aims to improve landlord-tenant relationship
For nearly 30 years, CFW has been an expert at identifying Chicago's evolving needs. CFW is proud to support innovative solutions to issues that lie outside the mainstream, in neighborhoods that may not see much investment. CFW grantee Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO) is one of our innovative investments. MTO is using mobile technology to improve the communication between landlords and tenants while also providing a little protection to both parties. Squared Away Chicago, a Web-based mobile phone app that the organization will launch, is designed to help renters and landlords stay in touch, document problems within apartments and create a virtual paper trail if a complaint goes unresolved and an outside party needs to step in to resolve the dispute. Read more about the app and MTO HERE.
Mujer Avanzando and The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago's Graduations
The 20th Cohort of Mujer Avanzando
The issues that CFW addresses matter to all of us. For instance, through the Eleanor Network at CFW, we support women-focused solutions to advance equity in jobs and education that lead women to living wage careers. The Instituto del Progreso Latino's Mujer Avanzando program and The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago's Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) are two grantees of the Eleanor Network at CFW. Both groups recently hosted graduations for their CFW supported programs.
The Mujer Avanzando program is a workplace development initiative within the Latino community. The program responds to the needs of Latina single mothers in Chicago through comprehensive services in career pathways, wealth creation, leadership development, and childcare services. During their recent recognition ceremony, Maria Luisa Olivo, a participant of the program, gave heartfelt speech about how the program has changed her life: "I learned about how much I can do for my community, volunteering, social justice, racism, government, advocacy! And I know how to run a meeting, I’m not scared to speak and raise my voice! [I now know] how to know and choose what career is right for my aspirations-- now I can apply what I’ve learned to realize my dreams and buy my own house. Life is marvelous!"
The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago's
2013 EMT Graduates
The Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago's EMT graduation celebrated the women who endured this program and wished them well in their new careers. To qualify, women in the program are working woman, or recently unemployed, earning between $10,000-$40,000 per year. The program is geared towards women who want to work as Emergency Medical Technicians, advance in their careers and become more economically secure.
Third Annual ThanksGIVING DINNER hosted by the Young Women's Giving Council of CFW
This year, the Young Women's Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women is hosting its Third Annual ThanksGIVING Dinner, a dinner and cocktail party to kick off the holiday season and to raise money to support young women and girls throughout the Chicago area. Come dressed to impress and ready to eat and drink an array of Thanksgiving-themed treats. Tickets are $40. It will be an evening of celebration, so come ready for a good time. Purchase tickets HERE.
CFW's Alumnae Council member and longtime supporter, Susie Rubenstein, recently passed away on Wednesday, October 23. Susie was a philanthropist, entrepreneur and advocate for reproductive health services to young people. CFW's Jo Moore said, "She was really passionate about social justice and about furthering opportunities for women and girls." To read more about her life, click HERE.
Visit our website calendar to see all our upcoming programs and events.
22: Third Annual ThanksGIVING Dinner with the Young Women's Giving Council
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