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CARE Goes Global with #MeToo

October 14, 2018

Helene Gayle (left) and Michell Nunn (right) present award to Marcelina Bautista (Photo by: CARE/Marie Imbert) Helene Gayle (left) and Michell Nunn (right) present award to Marcelina Bautista

Twenty-five percent of men worldwide would never survive a Senate hearing and media firestorm even if they were otherwise eligible for a Federal judical appointment in the United States.  Why not? They believe, according to a CARE survey, that it is okay to demand sex from women who work for them.

Calling it a “moment in time,” with the spotlight on #MeToo, Time’s Up, and the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, CARE's CEO & President Michelle Nunn opened a “HerStory” symposium by citing the CARE survey of sexual harassment in the workplace done earlier this year in eight countries including the U.S., the UK, and Egypt. That opinion poll also showed that one-third of the women surveyed around the world experienced gender-based violence; that rose to 80% in Bangladesh, more than 66% in South Sudan, and 63% in Egypt.

Michelle Nunn (middle) chats with HerStory conference attendees (Photo by: CARE/Marie Imbert) Michelle Nunn (middle) chats with HerStory conference attendees

Alluding to the controversial Senate vote on the Supreme Court justice, Helene Gayle, CARE president emeritus, said, "The events of the last few weeks are somewhat discouraging," but she implored the audience to "keep our voices strong." Gayle said she "does take heart how the #MeToo Movement is bringing to light" the issues of sexual misbehavior.

And, on the brighter side, 63% of men and women in the CARE survey believe that change is coming.

CARE’s confab, which drew 250+ to George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium on Tuesday, was held to explore the impact of gender-based violence in the lives of women and girls everywhere.

“Now more than ever, women are taking back the workplace, fighting for their right to be heard and breaking the secrecy surrounding sexual abuse and harassment. The #MeToo Movement has given power to women in the United States. Now is the time to highlight the effects of the movement worldwide,” said Nunn.

Henriette Kolb, (left), & Carla Koppell. (Photo by: CARE/Marie Imbert) Henriette Kolb, (left), & Carla Koppell.

Speaking at the Helene Gayle Global Development Symposium on how to empower women and girls through grass-roots and top-down  changes were Henriette Kolb, gender secretariat at the International Finance Corporation; Emily Bove, former executive director of Women Thrive Alliance; Ekene Osakwe of CARE Nigeria/and Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; Carla Koppell, distinguished fellow at Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace & Security; and Marcelina Bautista, founder of the Center for Support and Training for Domestic Workers in Mexico, among others.

Bautista was presented the 2018 Helene Gayle award for her dedication to women's empowerment in the work place.

Ekene Osakwe (left) & Emily Bove (Photo by: CARE/Marie Imbert) Ekene Osakwe (left) & Emily Bove

The moderator was Raj Kumar, founding president and editor in chief of Devex, a social enterprise and media platform for the global development community.

CARE works around the globe to achieve social justice, save lives and defeat poverty.

Attending the symposium Global Leaders Network members Janet Lewis and Martha Rees and as well as supporter Peter Ackerman.


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New Film Festival Coming to Georgetown & Clarendon

October 1, 2018

Georgetown’s Halcyon and Arlington’s Clarendon Ballroom will be the venues for a new film festival – Flicks4Change -- that links the entertainment world with charitable activism.

The film festival first started in Los Angeles, expanded to Australia and now comes to the DC area. Other cities also are on the planning board. LA is slated to stage its festival again in December of this year.

Festival Director James Hawthorn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Festival Director James Hawthorn has teamed with, among others, CARE, the international charitable organization, to show documentaries on philanthropic works around the world as well as highlight challenges to advance the education and well-being of girls and women everywhere. CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

The Flicks4Change schedule:

Thursday Nov. 8, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm, Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Saturday Nov. 10, 4 pm-8 pm., Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect Street NW,  Georgetown (D.C.)

There will be light hors d’oeuvres, programs of short films, and live musical performances. Town hall style discussions will be conducted with the filmmakers, special guests such as ambassadors, the audience, and heads of nonprofits.

Festival director James Hawthorn grew up in McLean, Va.   He now resides in Los Angeles, where he and colleagues began Flicks4change.   In his own right, Hawthorn also is involved in commercial film and entertainment projects.

As a youngster, James was introduced to charitable causes. His mother, Barbara Hawthorn, is active in many local philanthropic organizations.

Singer Joe Coleman (Photo by: Joe Coleman) Singer Joe Coleman

“We wish to create meaningful social change though screening socially conscious films, and to connect difference makers with those who want to make a difference,” said James Hawthorn.

“Our captivating films from around the globe span all genre and styles of storytelling with one thing in common: they illuminate a pressing social issue facing mankind today.”

He noted that films and art have a special ability to rise above the fray and affect people deeply.

“By bringing together humanitarian filmmakers, outstanding nonprofit organizations, celebrity activists and a motivated audience, Flicks4Change seeks to be a catalyst for philanthropic grassroots activism.”

One of the performers in Clarendon will be Joe Coleman, former lead singer with the legendary Platters.  Philanthropist Manuela Testolini, founder and president of “In A Perfect World” Foundation, is helping to support the festival.

The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Contact: Flicks4Change Festival director James Hawthorn at, or by phone 571.438.4026. 

The public is welcome and encouraged to participate. For tickets, click here.

Manuela Testolini (left) & Barbara Hawthorn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Manuela Testolini (left) & Barbara Hawthorn

Two young women participate in Flicks4change (Photo by: Two young women participate in Flicks4change

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Monaco This Year; Mars By 2030

September 9, 2018

Monaco or Mars: Either way, fasten your seatbelts.

The first woman to lead the National Air and Space Museum, Dr. Ellen Stofan, thinks it is not impossible for humans to reach Mars by 2030.  In the meantime, Monaco’s ambassador said, why not visit her principality’s Thanksgiving celebration of the good relationship with the United States and to further explore NASA initiatives.

Embassy authority Linda Harper (L) chats with Claudia Eggspuhler, general manager of Hilton Washington DC National Mall (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Embassy authority Linda Harper (L) chats with Claudia Eggspuhler, general manager of Hilton Washington DC National Mall

“Mark your calendars to travel to Monaco from Nov. 19-25 to celebrate our deep ties with the USA,” said Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle. []

The trip was discussed at The Washington Diplomat’s Insider Series – moderated by the newspaper’s Managing Editor Anna Gawel -- Thursday night at The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan.

In November, Monaco is doing various events throught the principality to mark the historial  links between the Monaco and New Orleans.

So what’s the Monaco-New Orleans tie-in? It’s complicated. As is most in The Big Easy.

American-born Alice, Princess of Monaco, was the wife of the current Prince Albert’s great-great-grandfather Prince Albert I.  Princess Alice was born Marie Alice Heine in New Orleans’ French Quarter in 1857.

After separating from her husband, Alice settled in London, where she became the hostess of a glittering salon.  Marcel Proust used her as a model for the Princesse de Luxembourg in his novel, In Search of Time.  Prince Albert recently dedicated a plaque to Alice at New Orleans’ Royal Street where she was born.

Ambassador Doyle is in the news now.  Washingtonian magazine’s September issue has a story about her favorite eating spots in the City and other culinary connections.  “Meiwah is great for Peking duck and the Dabney is another excellent, unpretentious favorite.” 

Anna Gawel, Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle & Dr. Ellen Stofan (Photo by: Natalia Janette) Anna Gawel, Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle & Dr. Ellen Stofan

In her remarks. Doyle said the “Pioneers & Innovation” series in Monaco will celebrate the 60 years of NASA, hosting Commander Robert Gibson and astronauts of the 1986 Columbia space shuttle, among other programs to explore air and space travel and technology.

NASA’s Stofan told the audience of 200+ that it’s a “question of will and money” when humans will reach Mars, but it’s possible by 2030.  Asked when there might be “space tourism,” she replied that the private sector is getting more and more involved in space travel…” but we are not there yet….fasten your seat belts…it will happen.”

Stofan, who viewed her first space launch at age 4 with her dad, was chief scientist at NASA before taking charge of the National Air and Space Museum. She noted that the Museum, built in 1976, will undergo a seven year renovation beginning in November.  When done, it'll include new updated exhibits, projects on space exploration both private and government, as well as other cutting-edge developments, she said. 

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