The Red Shawl Grandmothers are community members of Gila River and Salt River communities, and Phoenix Metro areas. The Red Shawl Grandmothers are comprised of women who collectively have been praying and working for Native people for more than 108 years. We are women who have actively worked in urban and reservation communities for more than 30 years. Providing professional guidance, education, healing and support services addressing the effects of alcoholism, drug addiction, gang and domestic violence, historical trauma, and overall health and wellness. We have performed this work in both compensated and uncompensated roles. We continue to move the healing of our women forward as essential to the well being of our people and in particular our future generations and the health and well-being of our families.
In the last year, many events transpired beginning with several young women, who had been trafficked and young women who had been sexually assaulted in their own communities coming forward with their stories. A vision then came forward to Bring the Sacred Back to Women through the laying down of prayers through horse rides.
The Red Shawl Grandmothers will provide a “Train the Trainer Program” for women from the underserved community of indigenous women in collaboration with Horses Help (HH), a 27-year well-established not-for-profit equine therapy program providing activities to empower participants to break through physical and emotional barriers. The program will provide women with leadership development tools to “ride” to a level of power and return to their community ready to lead others. The women benefitting from this program themselves are survivors of PTSD, historical trauma and colonization, and are working with underserved women and children experiencing the same. The training will provide them with a powerful, culturally relevant, identified best practice certification. This empowerment program is one aspect of “Women'sFUSION” building to a extended long-range women's horse ride Bringing the Sacred Back to Women - restoring and celebrating the historical strong and wise leadership of women in our local and global communities.
We Invite You To Join our Gathering of Grandmothers
February 14, from 10:00 a.m. – 2 :00 p.m.
One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.
That is ONE BILLION WOMEN.
On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2014 women are being called to harness their power and imagination to rise for justice, Imagine: One Billion Women releasing their stories, dancing and speaking!
The FUSION Foundation and the Red Shawl Grandmothers invite you to join us for a day of dialogue, a collection of conversations, a lesson to learn from one another, a shift in time to share our stories of experience, strength and hope. A time to harness our power and imagination to rise for justice.
828 N 2nd St Phoenix, AZ 85004
southwest corner of 2nd St and Garfield,
one block south of Roosevelt some parking is available (car pooling encouraged),
use Roosevelt/Central Ave Light Rail Station
$25.00 suggested donation contribute what you can lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided
One Billion Rising is a global campaign to end the violence against women, rise for justice and promote gender equality. One Billion Rising was started in 2012 as part of the V-Day movement. The "billion" refers to the UN statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. On September 20, 2012, people from 160 countries signed up to take part in the campaign. In 2013, the One Billion Rising campaign culminated in the biggest mass global action to end violence against women with tens of thousands of events held in more than 190 countries.
Women in all parts of the world suffer from violence and discrimination. They are grossly under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.
The FUSION Foundation is committed to being a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, particularly indigenous women, providing opportunities for individuals to discover their powerful voice at the global, regional and local levels. This can be accomplished by ensuring the consistent and serious inclusion of Indigenous women as well as advocates of women’s community perspectives in all discussions of human rights. This action can unite Indigenous women leaders and emerging leaders to share information and knowledge, coordinate agendas, build unity and develop leadership and advocacy skills.
The FUSION Foundation promotes the advancement of women’s rights, gender equality and empowerment as an integral part of a just society.
The FUSION Foundation believes gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic
The selling of North America’s indigenous women and children for sexual purposes has been an ongoing practice since the pre-colonial era. “Generational trauma” resulting from a long history of genocide and oppression has been recognized as the major contributor to the high rates of poverty, substance abuse, child abuse, violence, and mental illness in Native communities (Evans-Campbell, 2008; Kingsley & Mark, 2000; Yellow Horse Brave Heart & Debruyn, 1998). Generational trauma has been implicated in generational prostitution and child trafficking in Native families (Lynn, 1998; Pierce, 2009). The following summarizes findings of existing research and other documents on sex trafficking of Native women and girls in the U.S. and Canada.
Human trafficking is a crime. Women’sFUSION have joined this conscious mission by taking a stand to prevent, protect and support healing and restorative justice for those impacted by this trade in human beings occurring everywhere in the world. Through education, partnership and action, Women’sFUSION are working with individuals and community groups to build awareness and ignite flames of hope for those who are trafficked.
—annie loyd, community manager, The FUSION Foundation
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and is the second largest criminal industry in the world after drug trade. The United Nations (U.N.) Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines human trafficking as the recruiting, transporting and harboring of persons by use of threat, force or deception for the purpose of exploitation. Traffickers take advantage of vulnerable persons with false promises or physical abduction, forcing them into contract slavery, forced labor and sexual trafficking.
According the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2010, the number of adults and children currently in forced labor,
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