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Human trafficking posters in strip clubs and massage parlors?

Human trafficking posters in strip clubs and massage parlors?

Human trafficking signs will save lives. It’s January 1, 2016. Is your county government enforcing human trafficking signs in strip clubs and massage parlors?   Here’s why this is so important:

  • Florida has a serious problem of  human trafficking, especially sex trafficking.  Strip clubs and massage parlors are know venues for sex trafficking. The victims in these establishments have little access to help on the outside. They need to have access to the hotline number to get help.
  • The new Florida law will be most effective when evert county in Florida requires the posting of human trafficking signs. Victims are frequently moved from one location in the state to another. Whether you are ‘dancing” in Jacksonville or Sarasota you should have access to the national hotline number. Every county in Florida has a problem with human trafficking.  Every county needs the notice to be posted.
  • Revenue-generating. Counties can impose fines ($500) for not posted signs. This type of ordinance is a “win-win” for the county.  It can reduce sex trafficking and generate revenue (which could be spent on victims’ services).
  • Code enforcers (including the sheriff) welcome the rationale to enter into these establishments  to check on the existence of the human trafficking sign. It gives them another reason to check whether trafficking or under-age dancing, etc. are going on in the establishment.
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 Kudos to Collier County Board of Commissioners for adopting the sign ordinance – September 2015.  

Other counties in Southwest Florida are falling behind.  Today, they cannot enforce the life saving signs in strip clubs and massage parlors. Reach out to your county commissioner TODAY and let them know you would like action.  The  model sign based on Florida law is above.  The Human Trafficking Sign Ordinance Template is below. Please share with your commissioner.

Lee County Board of Commissioners
Currently studying the issue.
Charlotte County Board of Commissioners
Current status unknown.
Hendry County Board of Commissions
Current status unknown.
Glades County Board of Commissioners
Current status unknown.

Human Trafficking Signs Ordinance Template


Philanthropy Redefined- Learn What the Women’s Foundation is Doing to Spark Change in Southwest Florida

Philanthropy Redefined- Learn What the Women’s Foundation is Doing to Spark Change in Southwest Florida

2016 is the year to change the way philanthropy is done in Southwest Florida. Here at the Women’s Foundation we believe the community should have a voice in determining how funds raised are allocated to organizations serving women and girls; this is the reason we created Spark SWFL.

What is Spark?

  • SparkSWFL provides a platform for professionals to develop philanthropic leadership skills and make grants to nonprofits serving women and girls.
  • SparkSWFL leaders will research, identify, and select SparkSWFL grant partners to ensure funds raised are allocated to causes that are important to the community.
  • SparkSWFL provides opportunities to learn about issues impacting women and to discover our capacity to change outcomes for women in our local community.

Are you interested in helping your community, networking and developing leadership skills?

Attend our inaugural event to see how you can reignite philanthropy and help women in need. To become a founder and learn about sponsorship or underwriter opportunities visit Connect with us in Facebook or via email


Eileen Fisher Inc. Teams up with The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida to Raise Funds and Awareness for Women’s Causes

Eileen Fisher Inc. Teams up with The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida to Raise Funds and Awareness for Women’s Causes

Eileen Fisher, the upscale women’s apparel store with Southwest Florida locations in Naples and Sanibel, donated $2,452 to support the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida after holding an event to raise awareness about women’s issues on Saturday, September 12th.  During the event, shoppers received information about the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida, learned about local women’s issues and explored ways to get involved.

“We are inspired by EILEEN FISHER,” says Brenda Tate, Founder and President of the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida.  “The corporate mission of supporting women through social initiatives that address their wellbeing is absolutely in sync with the mission of the Women’s Foundation.”

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Eileen Fisher annually awards grants to grass-roots organizations that share its goals of activating leadership in women and girls. The store also hosts special events where a percentage of proceeds are donated to local nonprofit organizations chosen by local employees. The grant will support signature initiatives of The Women’s Foundation, which include: Stop Sex Trafficking SWFL, Spark SWFL, and Kiva Zip Microloan programs.


The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Goes to the White House.

the women's foundation of southwest florida goes to the white house

We are excited to announce our President Brenda Tate, took the stage this morning along with partners from 28 U.S women Foundations at the Advancing Equality for Women and Girls of Color Summit at The White House to unveil Prosperity Together.

Prosperity Together is a $100 Million, five-year initiative to create pathways to economic security for low-income women and their families in America. The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida will invest at least $500,000 in local women and girls. The partnership will fund programs with a proven track record in providing women with job training, financial empowerment services, and child care, along with other support.

Prosperity together is about trusting women, changing the narrative and showing the importance of investing in women.

Why #ProsperityTogether?

  • In 2014 Nearly 14% of single women with children who worked full time lived in poverty.
  • There are 12 million US single-parent families; 80% of which are headed by women and are likely to fall below the poverty line.
  • Only 9% of philanthropic dollars in the U.S. are being directed to women & girls.
  • In Florida, 32.2% of jobs are low-wage. Women often dominate the low-wage workforce.
  • In Southwest Florida, 85% of women earn less than $50,000 per year.
  • Women of color have higher rates of poverty and inequality than their Caucasian counterparts. We must close the gap.
  • Women & girls of color experience violence that is institutional, individual & interpersonal.
  • Women of color are often criminalized for having been physically and sexually abused.
  • When it comes to sexual abuse Women of all races are targeted, but some are more vulnerable than others: 33.5% of multiracial women have been raped, as have 27% of American Indian and Alaska Native women, compared to 15% of Hispanic, 22% of Black, and 19% of White women.

Here’s what we learned from the summit:

  • Women & girls do not lack solutions; they lack resources. Early investments can close the gap and accelerate change.
  • We must create environments where all women can raise their families in abundance, not scarcity, with hope, not despair.
  • People want to be a part of the solution, but they have to be able to understand the problem. We must educate the public about the needs of women and girls to make strides towards equality.
  • It is critically important to talk about humanities and the social sciences to advance research on women and girls.
  • Women need safe places to address the concerns that they have.
  • Access to high-quality child care allows women to work and kids to get a good start in life.

We’re making sure the federal government is paying attention to women and girls, but it takes a community to effect change. We invite government officials, philanthropic and business leaders & everyone watching to join us. #ProsperityTogether #YesSheCan

If you want to help local girls and women achieve #ProsperityTogether, please consider donating below.


How is the Pornography Industry Impacting Child Development?

How is the Pornography Industry Impacting Child Development?

“We really need to be focused on the multi-billion-dollar internet pornography industry and the impact that industry has on child development.”

This statement was given by Brenda Tate, The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida President regarding Playboy’s announcement to eliminate nudity from its magazines in 2016.
This announcement opens up conversations concerning the impact Pornography has, especially when it comes to children.

“My eyes were opened recently as a grandmother,” said Tate. Parents need to be aware that the pornography from their day is not what their children are exposed to today.”

Some would say that children today are born attached to the internet as opposed to umbilical cords. While this is perhaps an exaggeration, it is a fact that children today have higher access to technology and more availability of online pornography.

Researchers report that children who have high exposure to pornography tend to hold attitudes and engage in behaviors consistent with recurrent themes in pornography. This can have effects on children well into their adult years. It is important for parents, teachers, and communities to understand what today’s pornography is all about and to engage in discussion to find possible solutions.

Take a look at the video below to see what women in our community had to say about the changes in Playboy Magazine. Do you feel that this is an issue of concern?

Click Here to See the Video

Paul J. Wright, (2014) Pornography and the Sexual Socialization of Children: Current Knowledge and a Theoretical Future. Journal of Children and Media 8:3, pages 305-312