SAINT PAUL — On Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM Minnesotans will gather at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront in downtown Saint Paul to celebrate the Minnesota Women’s Consortium’s 33rd anniversary. Celebration is a festive gala honoring the accomplishments of Minnesotans working to achieve equality and justice for women and girls.
This year the Women’s Consortium honors individuals and organizations who are “Igniting the Spark” by fostering new leaders. Awards will be given to two women, a program, and an organization doing extraordinary work to foster new leaders. Honorees include: Kim Nelson, Senior Vice President of External Relations, General Mills; Lonna Szczesny, Director of Women’s Programs, Employment Action Center; St. Cloud National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; and Radius, a program of Amicus.
The program for the evening, emceed by KARE 11 investigative reporter Jana Shortal, will include cash bar and networking, dinner, recognition of honorees, and remarks by Franni Franken.
“Working to achieve justice and equality is challenging and it is important that we celebrate accomplishments. It is truly an honor for the Women’s Consortium to recognize the extraordinary work of these individuals and organizations that are preserving the future of Minnesota by empowering women and girls to take leadership in their lives and communities. This is an evening you will not want to miss!” said Erin Parrish, Executive Director of the Minnesota Women’s Consortium.
Admission is $75 and open to the public.
Contact Erin Parrish at [email protected] or 651-228-0338 for more information.
The Minnesota Women’s Consortium is the largest statewide network of organizations and individuals working to achieve equality and justice for women and girls. Founded in 1980, the Women’s Consortium connects 150 organizations through public policy and advocacy, leadership development, and growth and support services.
NAPAWF for Women’s Consortium
By Erin Parrish
The St. Cloud Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) has been focusing on teen development organized by teens for teens since its inception in 2005. We are part of a movement for social justice for Asian Pacific American (APA) women and girls.
This movement was birthed at the 1995 UN 4th World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China. This was an historic occasion, bringing together over 35,000 women from around the world. More than 100 Asian American women were inspired by the powerful energy and enthusiasim of the conference and transformed that into establishing an awesome movement in 1966 –NAPAWF.
NAPAWF is a national and multi-issue advocacy organization to build a progressive movement for the economic and social justice and political empowerment of APA women and girls. NAPAWF’s strength is in its membership and grassroots chapters which now number 14 around the country. (www.napawf.org)
Minnesota has always been represented in the movement, the first MN chapter began in 1998 and the St. Cloud chapter in 2005. Chapter members span the state and has supporters nation-wide. It is a sisterhood that sustains its members facing daily discrimination; it speaks out at local events and national advocacy campaigns, and it has been developing its teen leadership ever since it began. The first teen workshop was in 2007, “Our Voice and Power to Strive” on stereotypes, violence and racism. This was part of a larger conference “Listen up!: Asian and Asian American Women and Girls Want Justice.” Then in 2008 the teen retreat was called “Where’s My-Space” which sought to empower young APA women by creating a safe and nuturing space to start thinking and talking about their identities, rights, and futures. In 2011, the teen retreat continued to build self-esteem for a newer generation of young APA women and girls and affirmed that “We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For.”
Our teens of 2005 are now our young women leaders of the St. Cloud chapter of NAPAWF and continue to speak out on issues that are close to the hearts of API women and girls.