May 09, 2014
Mother’s Day Walk to Send Solidarity Message to Nigeria #BringBackOurGirls
The Dutchess County Women’s Leadership Alliance & the Omega Women’s Leadership Center Announce Gathering at Walkway Over The Hudson this Sunday at 10 a.m.
RHINEBECK, NY – As the world watches and waits on the fate of 276 stolen Nigerian schoolgirls, organizations and concerned citizens around the world are speaking out this Mother’s Day to call for an end to violence against women and girls everywhere. In the Hudson Valley, concerned leaders are organizing an event at Walkway Over The Hudson this Sunday morning, May 11th, to send a message that what has happened in Nigeria cannot be ignored, and that they stand in solidarity with the mothers and girls of Nigeria. The event will begin on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway at 10 a.m.
“This is the worst shame. We are walking in moral outrage as once again girls’ rights are trampled on. Imagine their fear and horror and sense of isolation. We are there with them,” said Manuela Roosevelt, board chair of the Eleanor Roosevelt Partnership at Val Kill.
“Key to ending violence against women and girls is making it visible, and ensuring that it is culturally and legally intolerable,” said Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer at Omega Institute and cofounder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center (OWLC). “This September we are hosting a program, Women/Men: The Next Conversation, that features global leaders working to end violence against women and girls. We could not stand by on Mother’s Day without connecting the dots.”
“The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA) is proud to lend its support of this awareness and walk together to symbolize solidarity. The WLA each year holds events to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th,” said Gloria Cukar, Women’s Leadership Alliance liaison, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
About Omega Institute for Holistic Studies
Founded in 1977, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is the nation's most trusted source for wellness and personal growth. As a nonprofit organization, Omega offers diverse and innovative educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. The Omega Women’s Leadership Center is a special initiative of Omega. Located on 200 acres in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Omega welcomes more than 23,000 people to its workshops, conferences, and retreats in Rhinebeck, New York, and at exceptional locations around the world. eOmega.org
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