March 2009

As we celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day, we are moving our agenda forward into a new policy and economic climate on local, national and global fronts. We are organizing in the Central Valley, we are growing US Women Connect into a 50 state action network and meeting with global partners at the UN.

This Spring we are holding a Call to Action in the Valley to look at the critical issues facing women and their families there and the effect of the drought and economy on our state. For example, see this article "Drought Adds to Hardships In California - Central Valley Towns and Farms Wither" MENDOTA, Calif. - The country's biggest agricultural engine, California's sprawling Central Valley, is being battered by the recession like farmland most everywhere. But in an unlucky strike of nature, the downturn is being deepened by a severe drought that threatens to drive up joblessness, increase food prices and cripple farms and towns. Read the full article

Find the Women's Month event in your county or region on the right bar and following and connect for action!


California Women's Agenda (CAWA) leadership, representing 18 counties, ten policy areas from the CAWA and Beijing Platform for Action, key legislators and women of the Central Valley, are coming together for strategic planning in Tulare County, a historic region of California and the US.
As women locally and globally begin preparation for a Fifth World Conference on Women, Beijing+15, CAWA will kick off state planning following the UN CSW 53rd Session in March.
At the Friends Meeting House, Visalia, CA, Central Valley, April 3 - 5, 2009.
1. Include marginalized women and girls' voices in state policies affecting their lives and the lives of their families.
2. Revisit and reaffirm a progressive California Women's Agenda for review by California women from the ground and from the internet.
3. Continue building the 'bandwidth' of CAWA's electronic action network through hub counties and partner organizations in California, and through e-networks in US Women Connect states that link to Commissions on Women, national and global NGOs, and.
4. Assure that all California women have a voice in a US Women's Agenda for the 5th World Conference on Women, 2012.

Put this significant reunion of CAWA activists on your calendar and bring us your agendas for 2009!

...For registration information mailto: [email protected]
or watch for updated information!


WIN and CAWA are at the UN Commission on Women with panels and workshops. See our announcement by Karen Lodrick on the web page by Carol Hansen Grey.

Watch for the Spring WIN e-news for reports back from the UN CSW!


March 6, 7, 8th, 1 in 3 Art Exhibit In Solidarity with Every 1 of us who Experiences Violence, San Francisco, click here for details

Saturday, March 7th, Fundraising Lessons: $4 Million Grassroots Success, United Nations Association-USA East Bay, click here for details

Tuesday, March 10th,Word & Get Screen Oakland present, 'One Sister at a Time', see flyer for details

Saturday, March 28, "Celebrating Women:Women Taking the Lead to Save their Community.... Our Planet !", at Loomis UCC Church Donation: $10 Senior $8, Reservations appreciated, call (916) 435-9760, Diana Madoshi, Placer CARA coordinator

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To learn more about CAWA, visit us online. We continue to update our Internet technology for a more effective and interactive on-line activist community and for adaptability to "women behind the digital curtain" - a CAWA goal. Your membership donation will help to support our efforts on the ground to connect marginalized women to the CAWA network for a voice in public policy.

Women's History Month Events:

San Diego County
Saturday, March 7th- UNA's Women's Equity Council, and TJSL present No Way to Treat a Treaty, 10:00A.M. - 1:00 P.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2121 San Diego Avenue, Rm. 101 Free; RSVP: 619.233.3970 or [email protected]
Sunday, March 8th-Women from Iraq, Somalia, U.S.A., Iran,Philippines, and Venezuela discussion 10:30 A.M-1:30 P.M., Women's History Museum, 2323 Broadway #107, Golden Hill. Free;RSVP 805.403.4773 or [email protected]

Sunday, March 8th - American Association of University Women, Cabrillo-Diego Branch, presents the documentary Women in America, 2:00 P.M., Women's History Museum, 2323 Broadway, #107, Golden Hill. Free! RSVP: 619.223.8074 or [email protected]

Saturday, March 14th - San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women presents the 2009 Forum on the Status of Women and Girls see flyer for details

Wednesday, March 18 - The Fifth Annual International Women's Day Breakfast, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, UCSD Questions: 619.260.7509 or

Saturday, March 21th - Dr. Gail Dimitroff discusses her memoir,Mande!, Women's History Museum, 2323 Broadway, #107, Golden Hill, 3:00 P.M. Free. 619.223.8074 or [email protected]

Sunday, March 22 -Electing Women Seminar, presented by Run Women Run & VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, UCSD Chapter. Auditorium,UCSD, 1:30-4:00 P.M. Program fee: $25 for Run Women Run members; $35 for nonmembers.

Saturday, March 28th- Annual San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame Questions: [email protected]

San Mateo County
Saturday, March 7th-WOW (Women On Writing) Skyline College see flyer for details

Friday, March 13th-Wise Up-Take Off-Destination: Financial Success, San Carlos,CA see flyer for details

Tulare County
Saturday, March 7th, Coming Out for Justice: Strength in Diversity, Visalia
see flyer for details

Nevada County
Gather the Women: International Women's Day, Grass Valley,CA
see flyer for details

San Francisco County
March 5th "A Powerful Noise", Documentary about three women in Mali, Bosnia, and Vietnam as they bring social change to their communities, click here for details

Santa Clara County
Saturday, March 14th,6:00 to 9:00 pm In Celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, Amnesty International Group 35 presents "1 in 3" Art Exhibit, Gallery:Works
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Alameda County
March 3 through 5, 2009, Oakland, California,TRANSNATIONAL FEMINIST STUDIES PROJECT: MILITARISM AND GENDER CLUSTER click here for details

Ventura County
Saturday, March 7th, The 7th Annual Women SEE* Justice Conference,
see flyer for details

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