Tuesday, March 24, 2015

President Jimmy Carter: violence and discrimination against women is #1 human rights violation

Former President Jimmy Carter, a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner, says discrimination and violence against women and girls is the number one human rights violation in the U.S. and the world. He spoke March 6, 2015 in Minneapolis at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum sponsored by Augsburg College. His book is titled, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power."
Q/A moderated by Monica McWilliams, former chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Listen to Broadcast Here 53 minutes, 56 seconds
MPR Presents, for 3/23/15


Thursday, February 5, 2015

What's Coming up in March

Action Day to End Violence
Minnesota State Capitol, 
March 18th, 2015

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Monday, December 8, 2014


Funding to Support the Brainerd Women's Shelter

While domestic violence has experienced a boost in awareness due to recent
events, women and children in the Brainerd area continue to be in need of
housing, resources, and support programs as they flee abusive situations and
work to rebuild their lives. 

The Women's Shelter, a program of the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center, Inc. in
Brainerd, has received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay Foundation as part
of the organization's annual Shelter Grant program to maintain critical
services and programs. The grant will benefit the Women's Shelter operated
by the Mid-Minnesota Women's Center. The Mary Kay Foundation awarded a total
of $3 million in funding to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states,
the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam in advance of Domestic
Violence Awareness Month in October 2014.

"It's been a bigger challenge than ever for shelters to keep their doors
open, and grants from The Mary Kay Foundation are a vital part in helping
shelters move forward in their missions," said Anne Crews, board member for
The Mary Kay Foundation and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay,
Inc. "The shelter grants are a signature program of the Foundation and
represent just one of the ways Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic
violence. We are proud to support local shelters like Brainerd that are on
the front lines of helping women and children who need shelter and support
from abuse."

"We are very pleased to be selected for this generous grant from the Mary
Kay Foundation, especially in these economically challenging times," said
Elizabeth Harris, Board Chair of the Women's Center. "The Women's Shelter
offers services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to hundreds of women and
children who have fled abusive relationships and need a safe haven.  This
grant will go a long way in helping us meet the growing needs of the

For nearly 20 years, The Mary Kay Foundation has supported the prevention
and elimination of domestic violence, an epidemic that touches one in every
four women in her lifetime. Through the Foundation's annual shelter grant
program, $37 million has been granted to domestic violence organizations
since 2000.  Nearly 700 shelters requested funding this year.

A huge thank you to the Mary Kay Foundation!!!