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Ayuda: Fighting slavery in our own backyard.

By Lisa Kays on September 14th, 2007

Ayuda is deeply familiar with the struggles of low-income immigrants in the Washington, D.C. area. We have been at the forefront of providing multi-lingual social and legal services to immigrants for the past 34 years. Ayuda routinely helps immigrants reunite with their families, apply for citizenship or asylum and protect themselves and their children from domestic violence.

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The revolution will begin with women.

By Lisa Kays on September 13th, 2007

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s International Humanitarian Symposium and awards ceremony.  The event this year was themed, "The Changing Face of Philanthropy: Evolution or Revolution?"

I couldn’t help but be pleased to note that throughout the symposium and dinner discussions–formal and informal–that there was an important subtext. 

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Washington 100: Giving that makes you feel like a million bucks.

By Lisa Kays on September 10th, 2007

You don’t have to be a millionaire to give a million, or to feel like it, when you’re partDoreen and Barbara of the power of giving together.

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Marjorie Sims speaks out on WAMU!

By Lisa Kays on September 6th, 2007

On Labor Day, Marjorie Sims took to the airwaves on WAMU, during the Diane Rehmwoman with drill Show, to offer a powerful commentary on the importance of investing in nontraditional pathways to opportunity for women in our region. Hear her speak out.

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SOME: Helping D.C.’s homeless access food, a new future.

By Nathania H. Dallas on August 28th, 2007

On almost any street in D.C., you will probably encounter people sleeping on the sidewalk or asking for money, and the majority will probably be men.  Such encounters with homelessness have generated the idea that it primarily affects the male population.  (And, as was mentioned earlier on this blog, so have some films and the media.)

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Low-income women missing on Mommy War battlefield.

By Lisa Kays on August 23rd, 2007

The "Mommy Wars," as they’re known, are heating up again, but there are key players missing from the field, it would seem. 

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A Tanzanian take on the Portrait Project.

By Sherell Fuller on August 15th, 2007

In an idle moment, a new idea popped into my head, which was to randomly select any area of the world, and profile the status of women in that particular region (in relation to women’s leadership and health and safety), sort of like a mini Portrait Project. This was a quick, fun way to see what’s going on with women outside of my home, and it’s fitting as The Women’s Foundation is in the process of reviewing Leadership Awards, which focuses on health and safety this round.

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Caution: Lack of affordable child care may result in lack of children.

By Lisa Kays on August 14th, 2007

A new national poll has found that women are delaying having children because of the high cost of child care and preschool–which can run about $10,000 annually (more than my college tuition not that long ago).

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Friends of Guest House: Writing a second chance into women’s lives.

By Lisa Kays on August 10th, 2007

Sometimes a handshake is returned with a hug. Not always, but sometimes.

This was my experience walking into Friends of Guest House–one of our Grantee Partners–for the first time this past weekend. When the director introduced me to a young woman–a fifth grader who was there visiting her mom–my outstretched hand was summarily discarded in favor of a hug.

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Walking the city in women’s shoes.

By Lisa Kays on August 8th, 2007

Wanna lose weight or get healthy in the cheapest, most easily accessible way possible? 

Many sources will tell you to walk.  Roads are free, after all.  (Minus a small taxpayer contribution.) 

But what if can’t walk in your neighborhood because the streets aren’t safe from harassment, or worse forms of violence?  What if they’re deteriorated or don’t have maintained sidewalks? 

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