IN THIS ISSUE:
Mark Your Calendar
In the News
Events & Meetings
Filipina Call to Action
Connecting with Your Pinay Roots
INVITATION TO APPLY: Filipina Who Could Be President Fellowship- May 10 deadline
This is a Call to Action. Nominate a high-potential Filipina woman to apply for FWN's leadership training - the Filipina Women Who Could Be President Fellowship. Self-nominations are also welcome.We launch this exciting pilot program to mark and celebrate Women's History Month.
The President Fellowship fulfills one of FWN's goals to support our mission -
- Build the Filipina community's pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the "president" position in all sectors.
Read more about the FWN President Fellowship - click here to nominate or apply an outstanding Filipina woman. Deadline for nominations is May 10.
ORIENTATION - Come to an orientation lunch, meet the FWN members, and learn more about the Fellowship on:
FWN Fellowship Program
The program is designed to provide students, recent graduates and motivated individuals seeking career development through involvement with the Filipina Women's Network (FWN) as well as an opportunity for increased learning of the programs and initiatives to advance the activities, careers and status of Filipina women in the United States.
The Fellowship Program lasts from six months to one year. The FWN Board will screen interested applicants to determine academic or personal interest in Filipino culture and women's issues, relevant experience and career development goals.
Currently, the Filipina Women's Network is looking to fill one fellowship position to replace Fellow Leah Laxamana who is ending her fellowship for the 2011-2012 period.
If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please go to www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/fellow for details about the position and how to apply or send resume with cover letter to Filipina@ffwn.org.
Deadline to apply is April 15, 2012.
Congratulations to our FWN Sisters!
Marily Mondejar: It's official. Marily has filed papers to run for the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee representing the Assembly District 17 (the Eastside of San Francisco). There are 14 members to be elected on June 5.
Thinking seriously of learning more about campaigns and elections? Go to www.marilymondejar.org to volunteer. Meet Marily on Sunday, April 15 at a brunch to be held at the Richard Gervais Garden Gallery, 965 Natoma @ 11th St. Go to www.marilymondejar.org/events to RSVP.
- Marily wants to also thank FWN Members, the Philippine Consulate General San Francisco contingent and her BFFs for attending the beautiful KQED (S)Heroes Women's History Awards on March 22. To view her speech, click here.
Gloria T. Caoile: Join us in congratulating Gloria! She is being honored by the Asian American Action Fund with the "Trailblazer Award" along side former Secretary Norm Mineta who is receiving the "Lifetime Award".
- Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6pm at the Wasserman Room, DNC, 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington DC 20003. Go to www.aaa-fund.org to reserve your seat or donate to the Gloria Fund.
Laarni San Juan: Another winner! FWN's Founding Board Member and FWN100 '07 was selected semi-finalist in the "What's Your Story" Essay challenge by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She will receive her commendation at the White House on April 5, 2012. To read her essay, click here.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Filipina Women Who Could Be President Fellowship announced. 2012 sessions scheduled for July 27-29, Oct 12-14, Jan 25-27, 2013 and March 29-31, 2013. Applications open NOW. Click to apply.
V-Day 2012: The Vagina Monologues at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Friday, May 25, 2012, 7:30pm. One-Night Show only. Interested to audition? Email email@example.com. Sponsorships available + show tickets + ads in the V-Diaries: Anti-Violence Resource Guide @ www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/events
9th Filipina Summit: Pinay Power 2012 Reunion at the Stanford Court Hotel, San Francisco on August 30-September 1, 2012. Register early to take advantage of early bird rates @ www.FilipinaWomensNetwork.org/events
Engaging the South: White House Initiative Southeast Regional Action Summit, Atlanta, Georgia
U.S. Department of Education
On March 16, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) held its first ever Southeast Regional Action Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, where community leaders met with government representatives to draw out a plan for AAPIs in the South.
The state of Georgia now boasts more than 300,000 AAPIs, from schoolchildren to business owners and professionals in science and the arts. The growth has been robust, and with time, the expanding AAPI population will make its voice heard more and more. View article.
Happy Anniversary to the Affordable Care Act
Health Care Reform is Working for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
On March 23, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) joined health advocates from around the nation in celebrating the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).“Since 2010, our communities have rallied in support of health care reform and worked with policy makers to ensure the law meets the needs of diverse communities,” said Kathy Lim Ko, APIAHF president and CEO. “Health care reform is working for our communities, such as the family that previously struggled to pay for their son’s cancer medications and now has access to better coverage, to the small business owner who can now afford to provide health insurance for her employees.” View article.
An Important New Report on Women and HIV/AIDS
The Center for Women Policy Studies is very pleased to share with you the Briefing Paper from the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) and the AIDS Legal Network (ALN), South Africa.
The Paper, Building Women’s Meaningful Participation in the Scale-Up of Vertical Transmission Programmes, is the result of the GCWA and ALN partnership with networks of women living with and affected by HIV and with women's rights advocates from the sexual and reproductive health and rights movement. View article.
IN THE NEWS
Gloria T. Caoile, Fil-Am Labor Leader and Senior Political Director for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Writer Joseph Pimentel muses on that special something Fil-Am labor leader Gloria T. Caoile has had in her lifelong service to the community as she passionately gives a voice to Asians and Filipino-Americans in every way that she can. View article.
Honor the Filipina with Women of Substance
Women of Substance, the annual event organized by Dubai-based Filipino lifestyle magazine Illustrado, will return this coming 30th of March in Godolphin Ballroom of Jumeirah Emirates Towers to honor the Filipinas from the Gulf who exemplify achievement, societal contribution and exceptional character, in the process spreading positivity that extends beyond the local Filipino community. View article.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
Women's History Trailblazers 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Vessel Gallery 471 25th St. Oakland, CA
Join Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson to honor the Women's History Trailblazers of 2012. View details.
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)San Francisco Chapter meeting
March 29, 2012, Thursday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
SEIU, 350 Rhode Island, Suite 100 South, San Francisco, CA 94103
Agenda: discussion of fundraising activities, elections.
Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment, Inc. (CORE) Board of Directors Meet-and-Greet and Networking Social
March 29, 2012, Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
New York Beer Company - 321 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
Please RSVP: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/1.646.801.CORE
Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/273343132740598/
March 29, 2012, Thursday, 6pm-8pm
Hyatt Fairfax at Fairlakes 12777 Fair Lakes Circle Fairfax, VA 22033
One of the greatest attributes of the Northern Virginia business community is the diversity of businesses and individuals that call it home. Asian American Chamber is proud to be a promotional partner for this lively after-hours networking reception hosted by Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, which celebrates diversity in our business community. RSVP
Yoni Ki Baat (or “Talks of the Vagina”) presented by the South Asian Sisters.
March 30, Friday, 7 pm
The Women’s Building - 3543 18th St # 8 San Francisco, CA 94110
A benefit event for the Mural Restoration at The Women's Building
Define American Town Hall Meeting with Jose Antonio Vargas
March 30, 2012, Friday, 4:30 p.m.
Seasons Marketplace at Landess1535 Landess Avenue Milpitas, CA 95035
The town hall meeting is organized and hosted by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations-Region 8's Santa Clara County chapter. Co-Hosts are Mayor Jose Esteves of the City of Milpitas and Seasons Marketplace at Landess. View details.
Conference on Philippine Entrepreneurship
March 31, 2012, Saturday, 8:30 am to 5 pm
South San Francisco Conference Center, 255 South Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, CA
Conference Chair Denny Roja invites FWN and friends to join some 200 Fil-Am leaders to the Conference on Philippine Entrepreneurship jointly sponsored by the Filipino Professionals and Businessmen’s Association (FILPABA), the Science and Technology Advisory Council of Silicon Valley (STAC SV) and the Filipino Entrepreneurs Network (FEN).
There will be four panels composed of successful Filipino leaders, businessmen and entrepreneurs including Mr. Dado Banatao, managing partner of Tallwood Ventures and noted philantrophist and the chairman of the Philippine House of Representatives Information Technology Committee – Rep. Fred Tinga.
The goals of the conference are to share the message of the compelling need for economic development in the Philippines as a way to alleviate poverty through science and technology and innovation, and present a call to action – how the Filipino Diaspora can be part of the strategic solution.
Admission is free. Due to limited seating, please reserve at email@example.com or call Mario Santos at (510) 396-2554 or Cip Ayalin at (510) 478-4278.
Filipino-American Democratic Club Contra Costa County Induction of Officers
March 31, 2012, Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Crowne Plaza - 45 John Glenn Drive, Concord, CA
Help bring some excitement in the Fil-Am community in Contra Costa County and get the momentum going for the November election. Join the FADCCC for the induction of officers and meet the elected Fil-Am officials. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Women's Political Caucus-Alameda North Endorsement Meeting for June 5th Election
March 31, 2012, Saturday, 9:00am-11:00am
Women's Economic Agenda Project - 449 15th Street, 2nd Floor Oakland, CA 94612
Let your voice be heard! Spring Endorsement Meeting of the Membership of NWPC-Alameda North
Consideration of Candidates for:
California Assembly District 18
California Assembly District 20
Alameda County Central Committee: AD 15, AD 18
Superior Court Judge
Alameda County Board of Education, District 4
Presentations, Discussions and Endorsement Vote
Only NWPC-AN members in good standing may vote. Membership can be renewed at the door.
VDAY Manila 2012
March 31st, Saturday, at 8 pm
Music Museum, Greenhills
Now on its 12th year in the Philippines, V-Day Manila 2012 – a benefit performance of the award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues,” by Tony Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler will go onstage at the Music Museum on March 31. Produced by the socially engaged and provocative theater group – The New Voice Company, the show is raising funds for LILA PILIPINA Philippine comfort women organization.
Save the Date: San Francisco Small Business Week May 14-20, 2012
Join the Small Business Week in saluting the heroes of the economy, make important connections within the small business community, connect with amazing free resources and attend one of more than 50 free workshops. View details
FILIPINA CALL TO ACTION
Justice for Trayvon Martin
George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager, reveals a history of racism in Sanford, FL that has stubbornly refused to die. Weeks after the shooting, the Sanford police department is slow to release details of the shooting and, more surprisingly, has not arrested George Zimmerman, a man who has a history of violence.
We urge you to sign this petition to protect private citizens from gun violence and inept law enforcement. Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi must step in and provide justice for Trayvon Martin, his family, and the community. Sign petition.
Expanding Health Care Access- A Case Study
Women’s Media Center
While many legislators seem intent on narrowing women's access to affordable care, individuals and foundations still work to expand it. Such is the mission of Dana Dornsife. View article.
Women in Tech: Female Developers By the Numbers
Lori Kozlowski runs the numbers on how much fewer women there are in tech than there are men and shares some ideas how to diversify the engineer pool. View article.
David Paraiso Interview on Job Market Prospects for New Graduates and Other Job Seekers
David Paraiso, Director of Mentorship - UCLA-PA Alumni discusses the job market prospects for new graduates and his book Job Market: Survival Guide in 2012 & Beyond. View video.
Information about the book: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/DavidParaiso
CONNECTING WITH YOUR PINAY ROOTS
A Day in Philippine History: March 4, 1879, Rosa Sevilla was born in Tondo, Manila
The Kahimyang Project
On March 4, 1879, Rosa Sevilla, educator, writer and one of the notable suffragists in Asia who fought for the Filipino women's right to vote, was born in Tondo, Manila.
She pursued her desired profession of being a teacher and graduated as "maestra superior" at Assumption College. Together with Pura Villanueva-Kalaw and Pilar Hidalgo-Lim, she lobbied and campaigned for woman suffrage.
Hence, since April 30, 1937, Filipino women have been granted the right to vote and to be voted in elective office, which has led to the election of two women presidents for the country. View article.