TWWI Hosts Women’s History Month Events in Harlem and Washington Heights
The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) joins Wordat4F Poetry Series in hosting a two-part, community empowerment series Women’s HERstory Celebration on Friday, March 27 and Sunday, March 29, 2015. The events financially support TWWI’s mentorship and leadership development program, Young Women Rock!, for teenage girls in the two most under-served communities in New York City.
Part 1: Poetry & Discussion
Friday, March 27th at 8:00 PM in Washington Heights, New York
Word Up Community Bookshop/Libreria Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, New York 10033
The event will feature poets and writers Elizabeth Acevedo, Mariela Regalado and Vanessa Martir accompanied by a community discussion on women’s issues.
Vanessa Mártir is a NYC-based writer and educator. She is currently compiling her memoir in essays, Relentless, and completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity for Wings.
New York native, Elizabeth Acevedo, has graced stages nationally and internationally with her poetry including renowned venues such as The Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts, and South Africa’s State Theatre.
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, Mariela Regalado is a Full Circle Ensemble poet who recently performed in the national black theater for the show “Page to stage.” She is working on documenting her multidimensional experience through bilingual poetry and prose.
Part 2: Film Screening on Women, War & Peace
Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 PM in Harlem, New York
The film, Women, War & Peace, spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones. The event will provide the opportunity to learn how we are investing in girl’s leadership in the South Bronx and Brooklyn. We believe that women and girls have the power to change the world. This includes making important contributions in the peace process.
“War Redefined, the capstone of Women, War & Peace, challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State, and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Interviewees include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; and globalization expert Moises Naim. War Redefined is an unprecedented inquiry into the ways war shapes women’s lives—and into the ways women are shaping the future of conflict.”
Stay connected during the event: #wwplive #womenworldwide @women_worldwide
The Women Worldwide Initiative:
A non-profit organization with the mission to empower women and girls from under-served communities to strengthen their own capacities as decision-makers. #YoungWomenRock! is their NYC-based personal development and mentorship program for girls ages 14 – 18 in Brooklyn and the South Bronx. Learn more: www.womenworldwideinitiative.org
Wordat4F Poetry Series:
Founded in 2012, Wordat4F is a traveling open mic with the mission to continue to cultivate poetry and a literary community in uptown New York City community: Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx. www.facebook.com/Wordat4f
Word Up Community Bookshop:
Word Up is 100% volunteer-operated by a collective of diverse booksellers of all ages, hailing from the United States, The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Canada, Israel, Argentina, Nigeria, Guatemala, and Pakistan. www.wordupbooks.wordpress.com
La Casa Azul Bookstore:
A Latina-owned bookstore dedicated to providing cultural, and educational programs via literature and art in East Harlem. www.lacasaazulbookstore.com