Global Women's Caucus



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    Women's March October 2, 2021

    Protect Reproductive Freedom!

    On October 2nd, we are joining in solidarity with countless women and organizations, ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening on October 4th, to defend our reproductive rights. Abortion has never been fully accessible, but we are in danger of losing our rights to reproductive freedoms completely!

    The GWC developed a Women's March Tool-Kit to help your country organize your own demonstration. Whether you plan to march in-person or virtually, we are asking all individuals (men and women) to join our social media campaign by sharing your pictures and/or selfies with our printables to our social media channels. Click here for detailed information and materials, and let's give the Supreme Court and lawmakers a clear and unified message!

    Join the GWC for a virtual March on October 2nd. We are asking members and the general public to print one of our graphics, take a selfie, and share with any of our social media platforms:

        
    Use hashtags: #BansOffOurBodies and #GWCMarches

    Additional hashtags: #WHPA #Actforabortionaccess #reproductiverights #prochoice #abortion #reproductivejustice #reproductivehealth #feminist #womensrights #mybodymychoice #feminism #abortionrights #abortionishealthcare #humanrights #plannedparenthood #roevwade #reprorights #equality #womenshealth #abortionisessential #texas #bodilyautonomy #sexeducation #sexualhealth #lgbtq #womenempowerment #reprojustice #abortionfund #vote #prochoiceisprolife #reproductivefreedom #womensupportingwomen #stopthebans #abortionaccess #activist #healthcare #women #prowoman

    Posting example: I stand in solidarity with the #women of #Texas who deserve #reproductivefreedom. Yes to #WHPA! #Actforabortionaccess #BansOffOurBodies #GWCMarches

     

          


     



    We are committed to fostering and promoting gender-informed perspectives in issues analysis, communication and policy-making for issues that impact women. We take action to address policies that negatively impact women and their families and so, by implication, the economy and our democracy.

    Our Volunteers help American women around the world become real activists in the struggle for women's rights no matter where they live and no matter how small or large their numbers -- whether a committee of one or one hundred. Learn about the ways you can volunteer with the Global Women's Caucus.

    Our Mission guides us to take actions to addresses policy that negatively impacts women and their families, and to fight tirelessly for the policies that bolster and protect them. 

    Our Leaders bring diverse experiences to the Global Women's Caucus, with expertise in a variety of fields ranging from law to education; from technology to arts. 

    DA Global Women's Caucus Leadership:

    Ann Hesse
    | Chair, Democrats Abroad Global Women's Caucus
    marnie delaney
    | Violence Against Women Task Force, Global Comms, Research, DAF-Marseille Secretary
    Jamie McAfee
    | Communications Co-Chair, Womens Caucus
    Stayce Camparo
    | Communications Co-Director, GWC; Editor of GWC Newsletter
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    News

    GWC October 2021 Newsletter

    Letter from the Editor

    Books, pages, stone walls, and now tablets have the ability to convey thought across minds, cultures, and oceans. Humans have always used the written word to fantasize, persuade, and pose questions about our environment and way of life. It is how we connect, and this month we are practicing prose in action. As we organize ourselves to protect our reproductive rights from right-wing politicians or unite in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will honor the female authors who shook the writing world with a month-long literary festival. So join us in exercising our own creative and persuasive prose.

    This October issue has important updates on the difficult work our action teams are doing in spite of unprecedented push-backs on reproductive rights. Don’t forget to check out our Artist’s Corner and take our September Newsletter quiz! Lastly, we love hearing from you and want your continued participation in our #MyStoryGWC campaign; this month we are asking you to share your October 2nd Reproductive Rights March stories, including from our #GWCMarch campaign.

    We hope you enjoy this edition, and we look forward to seeing you at our events!

    Stayce Camparo, Communications Co-director, Global Women’s Caucus

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    DA’s new Global Disabilities Caucus

    Mike Lindell’s highly criticized symposium in August failed to validate his belief that Biden did not win the election, but it did showcase attendees’ reluctance to engage with facts. One speaker began his remarks with, “…the CNNs of this world, you guys need to stop fact checking this and start reporting it.” Journalists and news organizations have a professional obligation to fact check and it is right that they do so, but facts alone don’t necessarily help to refute conspiracy theories and lies. Using facts as the main tool to convince someone that Covid vaccinations protect rather than harm, for example, can push conspiracists further into their own belief.  

    This is because human beings have a built-in confirmation bias; we tune out facts that don’t confirm our existing beliefs.  Even when we present a climate change denier with geological evidence that today’s climate change is driven by humans and not part of a natural cycle, it’s highly unlikely to change their minds. It’s not because deniers are too dumb to understand the science; rather, a fact that doesn’t confirm what someone already believes tends to be either disregarded or rationalized away. Often it is the more intelligent who are the best at rationalizing a fact to fit their belief. Our brains resist evidence that goes against an opinion we’ve already formed. 

    It’s not just our minds that resist belief-opposing-facts, our hearts do too. Peer pressure isn’t just powerful on the playground or behind the gym, it has a big influence as adults on which opinions matter to us, and the opinions that matter determine the facts that matter.  Political bodies have even used social media, enabled by bots (automated software) to successfully persuade voters in elections. The good news is that who we see as the “cool kids” can be influenced and can change

    Storytelling, centered around facts and truth, based on deep commonalities is a very effective way to help people want to hang out with the science nerds rather than the kid with the biggest car.  You can show your uncle the figures proving cats kill more birds than windmills, or you can concede that windmills do kill some birds. Good, truthfulf storytelling can affect who we feel close to, and in turn whose opinions and what facts matter to us. It can dampen the flames of conspiracy theories and help seeds of consensus sprout in fresh ground.

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, October 15, 2021 at 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 19 rsvps
    Zoom

    Writing Drop-In #3

    Grab a pen and paper and get in touch with your inner writer.

    Are you itching to write? Maybe a book, story idea, or essay is calling you. Maybe writing helps you process emotions. Maybe writing terrifies you, but something tells you it’s exactly what you need to do. Maybe it doesn’t scare you at all but you’re just too busy to do it.

    Welcome to Global Women’s Caucus Feminist Reading Group Writing Drop-Ins!
    Every week during the month of October during our inaugural Literary Fest, we will hold space for writing. Come one week or come every week!
     
    What is a writing drop in?
     
    Used by Creative writing programs, workshops, and writing groups across the world, a writing drop-in is a creative space that reminds us that writing is for everyone. You don’t have to be a published writer or an industry professional. You just need a pen, paper, or anything you choose to write with and an open mind!
    How it works:
     
    Facilitator Joy Notoma will provide a writing prompt. Participants can use the prompt or write on a subject of their own choosing. We turn off cameras. We write for 30 minutes. At the end of the period, we come back and share what we have written. Sharing is optional and only positive feedback is given.
     
    Our drop-in are inspired by The Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method. As stated on their website, “The method creates a space in which all participants can write, if they choose, and where everyone will be encouraged in their writing. This method was developed by Pat Schneider, and is described in her powerful book, Writing Alone and With Others (Oxford Press, 2003).” Visit the website here to learn more.
     
    About the facilitator:
     
    Joy Notoma is a fiction writer and journalist. Her reporting, essays, and fiction have appeared in  CNN, Al Jazeera, Quartz Africa, Longreads, Epiphany Zine, and Zora Mag, among other digital outlets. She lives in Toulouse, France, where she is working on a short story collection that deals with African American women navigating life outside the U.S.
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    Read about The New York Writers Coalition Drop-Ins which our drop-ins will closely mirror here.

     

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 18 rsvps
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    VAW Volunteer Meeting/Briefing

    Violence Against Women Team
    Volunteer Briefing Meetings

     

    Join us on October 18, 2021, at 12 PM ET / 6 PM Paris for the VAW Volunteer Briefing Meeting.
    (Monthly briefings/meetings through December 20, 2021)

    Call for Volunteers !

    The Violence Against Women Project is seeking volunteers to gather information that will help American women overseas who are victims of violent situations.

    We’re looking for a minimum 6 month commitment, a passion for this cause, and people who are team players.

    Either email us at [email protected], or join one of the upcoming Zoom calls. We look forward to meeting you!