THANK YOU for visiting my page for the Global Hmong Women's Summit!
My goal is to raise $1,000 to directly support Hmong women from around the world to attend the Summit this December 2016.
My mom used to tell me stories about growing up as a Hmong girl in the villages of Laos. Because her family was so poor, she did not have the opportunity to go to school the way her brothers did. She would follow them to the doorsteps of the school, then turn around and go back home to tend to the farm and prepare for dinner her brothers’ return. She was taught that this was the fate of a Hmong girl.
When she came to the United States, she was thrilled to take English classes and excelled. Because she had advanced English skills in the early 80's when the Hmong population was growing, but communication was limited and important, she got a job running the Women’s Resettlement Program at Lao Family. Soon, there were women that would stay long after the program with her and she realized that these women did not want to go home because they were being abused. She did what she knew and started taking these women home with her.
These were the days when every Hmong family knew each other and my mom quickly got a reputation as a trouble-maker in the community. My family received threats, but she didn’t give up. She eventually learned there are laws protecting women and children from domestic violence and became one of few Hmong women at the time to go into the court system as an advocate for ending domestic violence. She was a victim’s advocate for over 30 years and she taught me that being a Hmong woman is a blessing and that we are important, very capable and deserve to live safe and full lives. And that everybody is responsible for making this a reality for all women and children.
It is an honor to be a part of the MN Delegation going to the Global Hmong Women’s Summit. I hope to go and learn, connect with other Hmong women and be in solidarity with a community of people that share these values.
Please consider donating today! Thank you.
FREEDOM INC wrote -
A network of community change agents across the United States and Southeast Asia launched Building Our Future (BOF) in 2013 as a movement platform to focus on community-first efforts across the globe towards ending gender-based violence and building safe, strong, and thriving families.
In March 2015 we convened 30 community advocates from Thailand, China, Laos, Vietnam and the US in Thailand to begin connecting our work globally. At this gathering we explored how we could build global solidarity in order to make deep cultural shifts. We considered what else might be needed to dramatically change the practices that negatively impact Hmong women and girls’ lives across the globe because we have witnessed how oppressive gender practices are exported from country to country, disproportionately having negative impacts of young people and women.
We found great value in our time together and now are organizing a Global Hmong Women's Summit that includes more countries and brings more people in order to grow a movement that builds international solidarity to transform harmful practices.
We ask for your support to make this first Global Hmong Women’s Summit possible. We aim to hold the Summit in Thailand in December 2016 if we can raise the funds needed.
We know that building strong and thriving communities free of gender-based violence takes all of us.
Thank you for your support!
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