- Geographic Location: North America
Ali Smith is a New York City born photographer and musician. Her first book of photography, "Laws of the Bandit Queen: Words to Live by from 35 of Today's Most Revolutionary Women", was published by Random House and featured portraits of and "life laws" from groundbreaking women like Pat Schroeder, Sandra Bernhard, Alice Walker, Mary Karr, Geraldine Ferraro and Sheryl Swoopes. She is currently working on a second book of photography about motherhood and the definition of family entitled "Momma Love"
My Web site:
Visit My Web site (alismith.com)
Exhibit change by:
By being self reflective in hopes of growing. By recycling everything and cutting consumption drastically.By teaching photography to young girls to help them respect their own point of view. By volunteering with teenage homeless mothers.
I'm passionate about:
The treatment of mothers by society and by their partners. Education, including self esteem and self defense classes, for young girls. Gender equality.
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Vagina Monologues by
and for Muslim Women
Three Moroccan women living in Belgium present twelve poetic, intense and touching monologues called The Veiled Monologues that offer a rare look into the lives of Muslim women. Go beyond the veil and leave all your stereotypes at the theatre door. (French)
Tap Into Women's Art in Mexico
Love I.M.O.W.? Then check out this incredible women's museum in Mexico that celebrates contemporary Mexican women artists. MUMA features captivating, controversial and political artwork such as Lorena Wolffer's renowned performance piece on the femicides in Ciudad Juarez. (Spanish)
Take Action for Mao Heng Feng
Don't let a woman's rights activist rot in jail! Send a letter to the Director of the Shanghai Women's Prison asking her to ensure that Mao Heng Feng is treated humanely. --English.
Promote Your African
Nominate an African woman for a leadership position to Femmes Africa Solidarité. Her name will be added to a database that institutions will reference when filling vacancies --English.
Promote Political Liberty
Send an e-mail to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and help free Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world's most renowned freedom fighters and proponents of nonviolence --English.
Learn About Women, Media
"From Hillary to Bella: Women, Politics and the Media" is a not-to-be-missed event taking place in New York City --English.
Claiming Equal Citizenship Campaign
Women’s right to equal citizenship is guaranteed by the majority of Arab constitutions, as well as by international law. Yet across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Gulf, women are denied their right to nationality – a crucial component of citizenship. Such laws send the message that women do not enjoy a direct relationship with the state, but must access their citizenship rights through mediation of a male family member, such as a father or a husband. Until women in the MENA and Gulf regions are recognized as full nationals and citizens, they cannot participate fully in public life, nor claim the other rights to which they are entitled as equal members of their societies. Please lend your support to the campaign. Send a message of solidarity to WLP campaign partners who are coordinating the national and regional campaigns to raise awareness of the issue, advocate for change, and mobilize support to modify discriminatory legislation.
The International Violence Against Women Act
The International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) is a historic and unprecedented effort of the U.S. government to take leadership in establishing an overall and integrated approach to respond and address violence against women and girls internationally. The Act establishes a Coordinator to Combat Violence Against Women Internationally. The time is now to capitalize on this awareness and support and to enact this comprehensive vision to address the problem of violence against women.
Help End Women's Poverty: Support the GROWTH Act
The Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act would address some of the most critical economic barriers women that keep women in poor countries from earning an income, barriers such as unequal property rights, lack of access to credit and trade, and poor wages and working conditions.
For the GROWTH Act to be passed, it needs concerned citizens to urge Congress to support it. Send an automatic letter to your Senators and Representatives asking them to support the bill.
What is Pink and
Join outrageous, provocative, and creative women who are adamant to create change. From Guantanamo and Iraq to Pakistan and Darfur, take action with CODEPINK. -- English
Respect Everyone Everywhere
If you can no longer remain silent, then this is the time to put your foot down. Join Respect-ev, sign their petition and help stop female genital mutilation. --English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish
Commit to Gender Equality
Sign on to the Breakthrough Inter-religious Commitment, a historic agreement by religious leaders worldwide affirming the value and moral imperative of inter-religious cooperation to promote gender equality and end gender-based violence. -English
Women Talk Peace
Listen to Ugandan women speak about their experiences during the war and their efforts towards peace. Hear three radio programs in English, Swahili and Luganda.
Stop Violence Against Women
Women Living Under Muslim Laws tracks violations of women's rights done in the name of religion. Visit their website to read about and sign petitions against these violations. -English, French, Arabic
Iraqi Widows Organization
Learn about the situation of two million Iraqi Widows as young as 12 living in Iraq. Learn about the problem and discover solutions by visiting the Iraqi Widows Organization website.--English
See How Your Nation Stacks Up
How many women serve in your country’s legislative body? The Inter-Parliamentary Union
keeps tabs on women’s representation in government. -- English and French
Report Human Trafficking
Women are often victims of human trafficking -- if you know of a potential trafficking case, speak up! The National Human Trafficking Resource Center toll-free hotline is a multi-lingual, 24-hour service that will follow up on tips, offer crisis support and direct victims towards resources. -- English
Empower a Girl Program
Call for participation: Take part in the Girls Helping Girls education program. Participants learn about global issues, become aware of their individual and united potential, gain leadership skills and become change makers. Applications due July 15.
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