January 2018
National speakers join local experts for  Jan. 29-30 'Violence, Victims, Trauma' conference 

What are the latest findings by neuroscience about trauma in assault survivors?

What are the lessons learned as backlogged rape kits have been tested and cases prosecuted? How can our community respond to the impact of trauma?

These and more are the subjects of two events later this month to explore "Violence, Victims and Trauma" -- one for the general public and the other an all-day conference specifically for law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, advocacy professionals and counselors.

All are invited to the kickoff event on Jan. 29, 6 p.m. at Memphis Bioworks, 20 Dudley St., #900, featuring Dr. Nancy Hardt on trauma, victims and community response.

On Jan. 30, the training conference will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center at the University of Memphis. Both events are free. To pre-register for the professionals' session via EventBright, go to http://memphiswomen.org/.

The events are organized by the Memphis Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, the Memphis Area Women's Council and Memphis Says NO MORE.

Speakers include:

Dr. Nancy Hardt -- pathologist, OBGYN, a founder of the Memphis Area Women's Council, professor emerita in the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dedicated to teaching medical students, political leaders and the community about the causes and solutions to health care disparities for children and families.

Hardt was instrumental in the development of the
Family Data Center, which unlike any previous effort, brought together multidiscipline data sources (criminal offense data, Dept. of Children and Families, Dept. of J uvenile Justice, the Dept. of Education, health records, to name a few) into one secure, data collection and retrieval system.

"After using data and maps to identify neighborhoods suffering the greatest health inequities, (Hardt's team mobilized) neighborhood based services which within four years resulted in a reduction in unintended pregnancies, a reduction in premature births, and a stunning 45% reduction in cases of child abuse and neglect."  From Hardt's September 2017 talk to the United Nations. Read the entire speech here

Detective Sergeant James Markey  served for 30 years with the Phoenix Police Department, retiring in 2012 as a detective sergeant. For 14 years, he supervised the sex crime unit which investigated more than 6,000 felony sexual assault cases, including 80 serial rapists, and processed dozens of crime scenes. He is a member of the Arizona Forensic Advisory Committee and consults with law enforcement agencies nationwide on investigating cold case sexual assaults. 

Kelly Taylor
 -- a Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Program Manager and Coordinator at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC. She holds a registered nursing degree from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing with SANE-A credentials  from the International Association of Forensic Nurses.  For the past 12 years, she has been an instructor for SANEs, law enforcement and emergency nurses on the effects of trauma on sexual assault victims. 

Markey and Taylor come to Memphis  through our partnership with the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance national sexual assault kit initiative.

For more information, contact Deborah M. Clubb,
dclubb@memphiswomen.com or call (901) 378-3866. To pre-register for the professionals' session via EventBright, click here.

Women of Achievement awards
Return; new website launched

The 34th annual Women of Achievement awards event is coming March 18 and just in time for the event is a new website that features essays and photos of every woman, past and living, who has been honored over those years.

The site - a year in the making - is more than informational. It is a library of accomplishments and of stories of women whose lives and deeds changed Memphis and beyond for the better.

Visit the site here.

Join Women of Achievement and be part of the 2018 selection process. Membership information is on the website. 

Members will gather on Jan. 27, 10 a.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, to select 2018 finalists. 
A message from Malala

"...One hundred and thirty million girls are out of school... At the United Nations two years ago, leaders committed to ensuring every girl receives 12 years of education by 2030. Since then, donor countries have either flatlined or decreased their aid to education. None of the nine biggest countries in Africa, Latin America and developing Asia have increased their education budgets. Several are even making drastic cuts, putting more girls out of school. Some days are hard - but I refuse to believe the world will always be as it is today...I think it's pointless to be hopeless. If you are hopeless, you waste your present
and your future."

Malala Yousafzai is an education activist from Pakistan. This is an excerpt from a Jan. 4, 2018, article in TIME magazine headlined "Girls Can Change the World - But We Have to Invest in Them First"

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In T his Issue

Trauma conference, Jan 29-30 

New Women of Achievement website

A message from Malala

WA nominations due Monday!

Rallies on Jan. 20

About MAWC


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Submit your nomination TODAY for the 2018 Women of Achievement awards. Find the nomination form here.
Nominations are due via email or must be postmarked by Jan. 15.

Rallies on Jan. 20 focus on action, voting

Choose from two opportunities to rally for women's issues on Jan. 20. The Memphis rally starts at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church,xxxx Cooper. The March on the Polls will feature speakers including Rep. Steve Cohen, state Rep. Raumesh Akbari and state Sen. Lee Harris.

In downtown Nashville, the statewide event is Power Together Women's March 2.0., beginning with a conference of panels and workshops offering a wide array of topics for activism and action and then a march and rally starting at 2 p.m. Buses are being organized.  

Register here.  

For more info, click here

About Memphis Area Women's Council 

The Memphis Area Women's Council is a non-profit dedicated to advocacy to assure equity and opportunity for local women and girls. Our goal is strategic changes in policy, procedure, law and regulations that remove barriers, eliminate sexism and assure equal access. 

For more information or to donate go to  memphiswomen.org
or contact Deborah Clubb at 
901-378-3866 or