October 2018 Board Message

The Ultimate Protection System I have been thinking a lot about this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women’s priority theme. It’s about social protection systems and special systems and infrastructure that can empower women and girls. From all my lived experiences, I have found no greater social protection system that empowers young…

10 Ways You Can Exercise Your Power to Stop Human Trafficking

 A major way that we can prevent trafficking is by reducing the vulnerability of individuals in our communities. Speaking about preventing sex trafficking, Rabbi Rachael Bregman emphasized that vulnerability comes from invisibility—we cannot let people be invisible. She said, “Smile at the people on the street as if you are you are seeing the face…

Cultivating Creativity

Days before school is scheduled to start for my two sons—one a freshman and one a senior—I am up early, preparing a lesson for the summer English class I have been teaching. My children are dreading the return to a normal school schedule—the early mornings and the late nights filled with practice and homework and…

Reflection on Wisdom

I recently read a book that challenged me deeply. I was made to see a situation I had thought had obvious right and wrong sides from a different point of view. It was painful to recognize how my judgment had been wrong. While it was an uncomfortable shift of perspective, it was valuable because I…

Someday Came Today

I said that someday I would go back. After all, we were expecting our first baby, my husband needed to get his education under way, and the thought of juggling a new baby, a young marriage, his schooling, and then mine too… well that just seemed like too much to contemplate. I made the conscious…

The Unmarked Path

I first met Nazzy Amin in a hostel in London when I had arrived to start my master’s program. She was in the city for a few days attending a conference for work. As we talked, we discovered that we had both attended CSW earlier that year. I am an introvert who tends to be…