Meet author Margaret Atwood at our Oct 7th national webinar; check out our 2020 annual report; and speak up for global vaccine access!
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2022 Grantees Address Critical Issues for Women & Girls

Second Mile HaitiTogether Women Rise is looking forward to an exciting slate of Featured Projects in the first half of 2022. As always, our volunteer Grant Selection Committee worked tirelessly to ensure that we are partnering with high-impact organizations addressing key issues related to global gender equality.
The first three projects of the new year are all focused on a critical and common theme: mental health needs of women, including trauma recovery. While we know that mental health care changes the future of those who receive services directly, it can also change the trajectory of life for their children, grandchildren, and beyond. These projects aim to equip survivors of torture, sexual violence, slavery, and other assaults with the tools they need to live full, healthy lives.
Project SoarWe are also proud to support projects in two countries experiencing recent crises: Afghanistan and Haiti. In January, we will feature the work of Afghanistan Libre, which is persevering despite the volatile environment in the country. Our April grantee, Second Mile Haiti, is combating childhood malnutrition which is more important than ever in the current humanitarian crisis following another devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Check out all of the amazing projects we will support in the first half of 2022. More information will be available on our website in the coming months.


Author Margaret Atwood to Attend our October National Webinar

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood
Photo Credit: Luis Mora

We have an incredible line-up of speakers for our monthly national webinar on Oct 7 at 8 pm ET, including internationally renowned novelist and poet Margaret Atwood. Ms Atwood is a friend, admirer, and supporter of Nashulai Maasai Conservancy, our Featured Grantee for Oct. She will be joined by Maggie Reiyia Koshal from Nashulai Maasai Conservancy in Kenya, and Theresa Castillo, Chief Program Officer for HealthRight International, our Sustained Grantee for October. This event is open to everyone so please share with family and friends.

Our 2021 Annual Appeal Kicks Off this Month

In October, we kick off our annual appeal. This is the time of year when we ask you for one special, year-end gift in addition to your regular chapter contributions.
Why does Together Women Rise have an annual appeal? Monthly chapter donations alone are not enough to fund all of our programs and ensure that Together Women Rise is a high-impact, sustainable organization. Nearly one-third of our total funds come from our annual appeal. These funds are used for current year expenses to:
  • Fully fund our Featured and Sustained Grants and our Partnerships
  • Conduct rigorous screening, vetting, and monitoring of our grantees
  • Provide excellent learning materials and engagement opportunities for our members
  • Support new and existing chapters across the US
  • Recruit and retain a highly competent and experienced staff
Our 2021 annual appeal goal is $400,000. Thanks to you, we exceeded this amount last year; please help us do so again!

2020 Annual ReportJust Released: Our 2020 Annual Report

This report highlights the enormous contributions that you, our members, made last year toward advancing global gender equality. THANK YOU!
2020 IRS FORM 990 2020 AUDIT

Advocacy Group Addresses Global Vaccine Access

By Leslye Heilig, Co-Chair of the Together Women Rise Advocacy Group with RESULTS
For the past couple of months, our Together Women Rise Advocacy Group with RESULTS has been working on global COVID vaccine access. We see this as an essential action if we wish to foster global gender equality, and it is the only solution to the COVID-19 pandemic available to use right now.

Travel with Us to Malawi and Nepal in 2022

Click on the links below to see trip itineraries and to register.
Malawi – June 8-17, 2022
Nepal – October 13-22, 2022 

Upcoming Events

All Together Women Rise events are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Please visit the Upcoming Events page on our website, or click here for a list of recordings.

October 7 -- National Monthly Webinar at 8 pm ET.  REGISTER HERE.
October 19 at 7 pm ET and October 20 at 9 pm ET – Advocacy Webinars. SIGN UP here to receive information about our Advocacy Group with RESULTS and receive the webinar links.
November 3 – Book Club event to discuss Standing in the Way: From Trafficking Victim to Human Rights Activist by Anjani Tamang and Sarah Symonds, co-founder of Her Future Coalition, one of our past grantees.  REGISTER HERE.

Marketplace Profile: Fair Trade Caravans

Equality Bracelet
FairTrade Caravans is a social enterprise believing in people and planet before profit. Its fair trade products are made or grown with no child labor, fair wages, safe working conditions, and sustainable practices, ensuring that the producers — many of whom are women — have the opportunity to better themselves, their families, and their communities. Together Women Rise receives 25% of all sales purchased through this link.  

Our October Featured Project:
Empowering Maasai Women & Girls

This month’s project with Nashulai Maasai Conservancy aims to create societal change that will improve the lives of Maasai women and girls in Kenya, both now and in the long-term, through education and cooperative economic enterprises.

UN Sustainable Development Goals that this project addresses:
SDG1- No Poverty  SDG3- Good Health & Well-being  SDG4- Quality Education  SDG5-Gender Equality
SDG6- Clean Water & Sanitation  SDG8- Decent Work & Economic Growth  SDG10-Reduced Inequalities  SDG12- Responsible Consumption & Production
SDG13- Climate Action

Our Conversation with Nashulai Maasai Conservancy is available here.

The Proven Platter: Mandazi

By Georgia Reader, Recipe Co-Curator
Mandazi is delicious breakfast food of lightly fried sweet dough flavored with coconut and warm African spices. What’s not to love about this popular Kenyan street food?


Our October Sustained Grantee Project:
Expanding Maternal Mental Health Care in Uganda

This project – with HealthRight International (formerly Peter C. Alderman Program for Mental Health) -- expands their Maternal Mental Health program to target South Sudanese refugees. It introduces a cost-effective, early intervention that can be delivered by lay practitioners.
Get an update from HealthRight International, Inc. in this month’s Sustained Grantee Spotlight.
UN Sustainable Development Goals that this project addresses: 
SDG3- Good Health & Well-Being  SDG5-Gender Equality  SDG10- Reduced Inequalities

Grantee Updates

Limitless Horizons Ixil in Guatemala (Featured Grantee in June 2017) was among six global laureates awarded the 2021 UNESCO Literacy Prize for its COVID remote library programming. The organization is also within four months of opening the doors of its new, girl-centered school in Chajul, Colegio Horizontes. It will welcome its inaugural class of seventh graders in January 2022. Learn more by watching this video.

New Grant Cycle Opens

Our new grant cycle opens on October 1 for grants to be awarded in the second half of 2022. Applications will be received until October 24 and must meet our grant criteria which is available on our website.

Grantee Reports Posted

New Chapters

The WA, Pullman-2 chapter for moms and teens, led by Jann Hill and Jennifer Harbour, had its first meeting in September. In addition to fun and learning together, the group shared a delicious menu of peanut soup, fufu, ginger beer, and chicken with jollof rice.
We are also excited to welcome this new chapter:
MI, Ann Arbor-2
Led by Debra Berman and Sara Robins


Congratulations to the members of the WA, Spokane-4 chapter on celebrating their 5th anniversary!  Chapter leaders are Lindy Cater and Shannon Kapek.
The CO, Denver-5 chapter, led by Linda Wagner, held its first in-person gathering since COVID, with 18 members attending and a guest who worked in maternal health in Rwanda.
They’re back! After more than a year apart, the OR, Talent-1 chapter, led by Marcia Weatherell, Diane Steffey-Smith, and Paula Fong, celebrated their return in August with an extended time for sharing and savoring their fellowship.
Look who came to the Together Women Rise booth at the Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair! Thank you to the WA, Vancouver 1 chapter, led by Katlin Smith and Frances Foley, for participating in this event and attracting new members!
A little inclement weather can’t stop this chapter! The MA, Great Barrington-1 chapter, led by Linda Baxter and Laura Mars, were forced indoors on Zoom for their August meeting, but their smiling faces show that the discussion was still lively.
The CT, Torrington-1 chapter, led by Deb Pokrinchak and Alice-Jane Slaiby, was happy to meet in person in August!
The PA, Phildelphia-4 chapter, led by Ann Mintz, Betsy Teutsch, and Joan Blaustein, met under the stars in September. Member Moya Kinnealey hosted the group in her magical backyard garden. 
Our Together Women Rise interns from Furman University in Greenville SC: from left, Amy Pollock majoring in Public Health, and Miriam Megdal, majoring in Sustainability Science. Amy and Miriam are also part of the Chi Omega sorority which is also our SC, Greenville-16 chapter.

Chapter Anniversaries

1 Year
CA, Oakland - 5
Led by Lainey Pleet & Susie Tilney
NC, Asheville - 6
Led by Jaiden Bluth & Claire Hunt
2 Years
CA, Claremont - 1
Led by Christina Coulourides
CA, Pleasanton - 2
Led by Reem Mahrat & Usha Shukla
MA, Nauset - 1
Led by Shelley Reynolds, Georgia Autorino, & Patricia Marti
NC, Apex - 1
Led by Kyle Benson & Kilby Benson
NY, North Tonawanda - 1
Led by Lisa Doherty
PA, Sewickley - 2
Led by Bonnie Miller (PA)
RI, Charlestown - 1
Led by Hsiu-Mei (Abby) Fang & Susan Jalette
SC, Lexington - 1
Led by Carol Robertson (SC) & Theresa Johnson
3 Years
CO, Central Park - 2
Led by Barbara Urich, Kathleen Sikking, & Judith Thompson
PA, Dingmans Ferry - 1
Led by Phyllis Chekenian
4 Years
CO, Lafayette - 1
Led by Mary Romano & Iseult Young
DE, Wilmington - 4
Led by Colleen Hall & Vanessa Vavala
LA, New Orleans - 2
Led by Linda Schneckenberg, & Roberta Eckert
MA, Dedham - 1
Led by Kathy Seaman, Lorraine Brophy, & Dianne Bauer
NC, Greensboro - 10
Led by Cindy Knul & Lynley San George
SC, Greenville - 13
Led by Meredith Stoudenmire & Laurie Gregory
5 Years
WA, Spokane Valley - 1
Led by Judy Bacon & Ellen Williams
6 Years
CA, Conejo Valley - 1
Led by Denice Stouffer
CA, San Jose - 10
Led by Debbie Huynh
MA, Great Barrington - 3
Led by Leslye Heilig & Dorothy Phillips
OH, Peebles - 1
Led by Sylvia Lieb
TN, Loudon - 1
Led by Dee Lilley & Barbara Eidenmuller
WA, Seattle - 8
Led by Peg Maas
7 Years
CO, Central Park - 1
Led by Janet Devor, Mary Sue Kessler, & Jeanne Dwyer
DE, Wilmington - 3
Led by Elaine Butterfoss & Bea Mercatante
MD, Silver Spring - 2
Led by Kathy Wall & Mary Tull
OR, Talent - 1
Led by Marcia Weatherell, Paula Fong, & Diane Steffey-Smith
SC, Indian Land - 2
Led by Sharon Barasch & Nancy Steckel
8 Years
VA, Alexandria - 3
Led by Sherry Schiller & Ann Liddle
9 Years
CT, Salisbury - 1
Led by Rita Delgado
DE, Newark - 2
Led by Kate Regan
DE, Wilmington - 1
Led by Sally Barclay
OR, Portland - 10
Led by Nancy Anderson & Claire McInerney
SC, Indian Land - 1
Led by Jane Harvey & Adrienne Cohen
10 Years
AL, Decatur - 1
Led by Christy Lamb & Carolyn Dobson
CA, Merced - 1
Led by Jane Guerra & Karen Arnold
NC, Raleigh - 3
Led by Gracey Vaughn, Alexandra Collins, & Braden Rawls
PA, Philadelphia - 4
Led by Ann Mintz, Betsy Teutsch, & Joan Blaustein
11 Years
OR, Portland - 3
Led by Karen McCune & Elaine Winans
OR, Portland - 4
Led by Leslie Mills
TX, Seguin - 1
Led by Whitney Bischoff
VA, Richmond - 3
Led by Sally Donald
14 Years
NY, Ithaca - 1
Led by Karin Suskin, Karen Baum, Susie Rakow, & Judith Ashton
OH, Cincinnati - 2
Led by Karen Whitney
VA, Herndon - 1
Led by Sheila Hanz & Helen Belletti

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