My name is Lyia Jalao, I am a Hmong American living in the US, in a country where I can afford to fight for my education. I am raising this money in collaboration with the Hmong Women's Summit, all of the money will go towards all the young Hmong women in Laos and Thailand. I am hoping to raise $1000 on my own, but I need all of your help!
I have met and reached out to many victims and my cause has always remained the same, ending gender based violence. I am fortunate to live in a country that supports my life goals and amazing parents (featured in my photo) who believe in all that I do. I come from a family that cares about their children, that is what I hope to show with all the funds I have here. The funds will go towards funding the Hmong Women Advocates from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China.
I hope that you share in my vision. I will be going to Thailand this year to meet with my Hmong sibling advocates and organize alongside movers and shakers.
My Day Job:
I am an advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking at Empower Yolo (www.empoweryolo.org), I am choosing to be a part of a larger movement to help my Hmong siblings living abroad who are being exploited for their poverty and youth. They do not have any to advocate for them, I may live far away, but I am connected to them as a woman, a Hmong person and an advocate to ending gender based violence.
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!
All financial donations are tax deductible.