Friends and family,
The Holidays are just around the corner and the sprit of giving is in the air. I ask you to take a few minutes to read about a community movement that I am a part of. I am thankful to have you in my life and ask, that if you can support in any way possible, please help donate to the very First Global Hmong Women’s Summit on Gender-Based Violence taking place in Thailand during December 19th- 24th of this year. I will be attending as an U.S. delegate.
On September 28th, 2016 I read the story “Fresno police detective: Man kisses wife, then stabs her 101 times” in my local newspaper. 101 times? 101 times. 101 TIMES WHILE THEIR 3-YEAR-OLD SON WATCHED. This is the second Hmong victim homicide case in Fresno since the end of last year.
I was born and raised in Fresno, CA in one of the most vibrant Hmong communities in the United States. There are many things that I embrace about the Hmong community but there are real issues silently suffocating and hurting many families, especially women and girls. Domestic violence and abusive international marriages are not unique to the Hmong community, but we have to address these issues within the Hmong community in ways that might be unique to other communities. I want to see change. I am willing to take action to make those changes.
Please support me in my journey to learn, advocate, and organize behind gender-based violence by contributing towards my trip to the First Global Hmong Women’s Summit in Thailand. With your support, together, we can build a better future for all our children.
Please read the description below and visit these links for more information on how I’ve been organizing with the Building Our Future community movement.
Building Our Future:
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.