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:
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.
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.
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 SparkSWFL.org. Connect with us in Facebook or via email contact@FundWomenFL.org.
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.”
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.
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.
Here’s what we learned from the summit:
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.
“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?
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