Community Resources Information Newscast
Special Edition
International Women's Day

                                                                    No 8- March 13, 2017
International Women's Day
The International Women's Day and the National Women's History Month in March are occasions to celebrate. These are also times to reflect.

In American and other countries there are those who are experiencing crises, tragedies, living in poverty and unbelievable conditions. We must ask ourselves how we can better improve the lives of others.

In this special edition, GWWN shares a celebratory story we received from the Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG). Organizations like DWAG, the Community Crises Center, Some's Thea Bowman House for Women and Children, and the Training Source Inc., reach out to you to make a difference through donations and volunteer services. GWWN features information about these organizations in this issue. Also a few networking events are included.

The educational information here is to "Use it and Pass it on"! Connect and commit in small ways to make a difference!

Darfur Speaks Up for Women


On International Women's Day, Darfur Women Action Group shared "We hear stories of resilience, tragedy and horror every single day. And yet, international institutions continue to betray and ignore the women of Darfur. You can help. "  

Here are additional excerpts from the article. "Darfur Women Action Group strives to change the way that the world responds to crimes committed against Women in Darfur and we need your help."

" Today, [International Women's Day] we will honor one of these brave women by sharing [Nafisa Suleiman Haroun] story, 36 years old."  [She] was recently stabbed in the heart while fighting for dignity. Please read her story and support Darfur women by taking actions."

"By honor Nafisa we will honor every single woman who has been victim of genocide in Darfur and elsewhere." 

Here is Nafisa's story:

On February 13, five women left their village in Barbogat area, North
state, to collect firewood from a nearby valley. For the past 13 years, firewood has been the main source of fuel and cooking for families in displaced  camps. Usually women have to walk for many hours, or sometimes for a whole day, to reach a forest.

As the five women distanced themselves from their home, three armed men on horseback surrounded and attempted to rape them. The women resisted with all their strength. They refused to be violated. They did not want to become victims to the systematic rape in Darfur - a tactic used by the Sudanese regime to undermine Darfuris.

As the women fought back, the armed men grew angry with their refusal. One of the men stabbed 36-year old Nafisa Suleiman Haroun - in the heart. She died on the spot."

This is a horrified and heartfelt story. To speak up for Darfur Women, here are a few actions you can take. 
  • Share Nafisa's story and educate other people. Send DWAG an email to share your feedback. 
  • Donate to the organization to support the "Women Empowering Women's Project".
  • Invite DWAG to speak at your organization, in the community to educated people and to show a video.
Community Crises Center, Inc.

The Community Crises Center offers non-threatening crises intervention and suicide intervention through outreach and 24-hours hotline service. Their vision is that those in crises connect to available resources.

Share their services with others. Also, sign up for the Spring 2017 Hotline Volunteer Training. This program is designed for those who are interested in mental health, suicide prevention/intervention, homeless services and crisis intervention.  Sign up today!  
SOME(So Others Might Eat)

SOME's Thea Bowman House for Women and Children provides low-income homeless mothers (with addiction) family-centered  residential treatment without having to separated from their children. In addition to addiction treatment, Thea Bowman's programs include mental health services, pre-and post-natal medical care, parenting education, family therapy, relapse prevention and recovery support.

SOME is in need of items for babies. Contact Rebecca Tianello.

SOME offers a wide-variety of services and opportunities, including volunteerism for (youth, volunteer corps, family services, and professional services) and career employment.

The Training Source, Inc.

The Training Source, Inc. is an award winning non-profit training and employment placement assistance organization for individual and employers primarily located in Maryland and Washington, DC.

Speaking opportunities for their Professional Mondays Speaker Series are available. Speakers usually speak from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., (roughly an hour presentation and 30 minutes of Q@A).  Interesting speakers may contact Iris Somerville, Program Manager at 301-499-8872 or her email at

Donations are being accepted for professional women clothing for interviews and careers. To schedule a donation appointment, call 301-499-8872 or send an email to

Upcoming Events 

Leading Opportunities for Women in Business
Divers, Diversity & Flexibility - Evolving Culture
Annual Conference on March 16, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017
8:15 am - 4:30 pm
300 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Alliance's Annual Conference explores success strategies for improving retention of top talent and the most up-to-date action steps highlighting the intersection for diversity and flexibility.

Register for the conference
Second Annual GW Women In Business Gala

Thursday, April 20,2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
City View Room, 1957 E. St. NW
Washington, DC 20052
Contact: Ms. L. Belllino:
HireMaryland Career Fair 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210
The TrainingSource Inc.

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GWWN is an affiliate of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)