UNCSW, Jessi James

February 27, 2011

Friday I’m worn out and ready for my last events. I went to a few interesting events, but I think my last event was the most interesting out of all of them today. It was legal mechanism to promote decent work, employment, and job creation it talked about making jobs better and how jobs are in other countries.

I had to finish early because as much as I wish my school work would stop when I’m not there it doesn’t. So I had to come back to take a test and caressa’s lap top wasn’t working so I waited on denyse to show up to let me take my test.

This evening I tried getting myself out off blogging but sarah said I had to! I have made this a lot harder than it really is, but if theres a next time I’m not waiting several days to do this! Now since I’m done with blogging I’m gonna start on that paper.

UNCSW, Jessi James

February 27, 2011

Well thursday morning we all got up before our events started to go eat breakfast together. Then after I left there i went to a parallel, but left it early because sarah had to see what our schedules were for the rest of the week and she also made sure to let us know that we better blog! Then I went to the craft show and saw bead work that has a lot of similarity to native american bead work.

After I looked at the craft show I went to a event that had a power point that I still have stuck in my head. It was the engendering technologies women take charge and it had pictures that I could go my whole life with out seeing. Then there was lady who said that she mainly only uses a home phone and shes not every big on technology. Yeah that is crazy but anyways there was another lady who said shes on her phone all day long.

After I got scared for life from those pictures I went to the ecumenical women debrief and dinner. At dinner they came around and laid topics on the tables for us to discuss. And ours was let justice flow and caressa started talking about stuff that happened in the news and how should it be handled. Then she had to get up and explain it and that was about it at the wonderful dinner on thursday night.

UNCSW, Jessi James

February 27, 2011

Wednesday was a good day I started off with a good parallel that stuck out to me more than the others I went to later n that day. It was the empowering women and girls through education and mentoring experiences from mozambique they shared information about power and violence femicide and homicide in mozambique, and legal forms. Then they had talked about centers too help women and girls with law and social ethics.

Then later that evening we met up at a young adults parents apartment so we could learn more about each other. And as everybody asked sarah and them questions I learned a lot about what sarah does and the others do. They have way to much to do for me to remember, but it was nice meeting the other young adults.

After I left there I enjoyed getting to know denyse and sarah better and there not what I thought. Denyse loves to sing and dance everywhere she goes. I can’t remember how many times she forgot her hat but other than that wednesday was a great day.

On the Outside Looking In

February 26, 2011

Feb 23, 2011

The girl scouts in the United States have so much potential to move young girls in the right direction. I remember being a girl scout from a daisy to a cadette, we sold cookies and traveled to different events, I remember one specifically held for science, we had a reservation troop and learned many things from the types of clouds to making huge bubbles and learning about how the weather station worked. I also remember a time where there were racial problems, our troop was a Native American girl scout troop coming from the reservation and this young white girl told us that we should go back to the reservation because that is where we belonged. We had to calm one of  our girls down because she was about ready to beat up the girl who said that. We ignored that statement and continued to enjoy the day but it did have a little damping on the day, but as I reflect on it now I think of how we were the only troop that had a different skin color. Later on, we held a Girl Scout event on our reservation inviting different troops from neighboring counties to come and be a part of our culture, through making arts and crafts, to learning how to round dance. The girl who spoke at the panel spoke of a program called the Girls who Rock the Capital where young girls would shadow a women legislature in the senate, getting the experience of what it takes. I think this would be a great opportunity for high school girls on reservations considering the Department of Interior and that reservations have their own government. We need strong leaders to take charge and to know our rights as first nation people!

I heard a disturbing story of widows in Nigeria, they were being treated inhumane, the widows female children were also maltreated. All because a husband had passed, this doesn’t make sence to me? I dont understand why anyone would treat any human in that way elder widow mothers to young widows regardless no one should go through this type of pain. Our nation is respectful to our women because women are creators, nuturers, we are a higher power to our children, our higher power is mother nature and we give thanks with prayer and traditions. I was very disturbed by the story, I will pray for those who suffered, and I give my support in the fight against this. It was a eye opener to the reality of mistreatment,  people still suffer in the world. The United States came a long way to equality, knowing the history of Native people I know our women  were raped and enslaved,  there are historical sites throughout the United States in rememberence to the massacres of our warriors. I know where I come from, what our nation fought for, how the reservations became reservations. I know the children were taken from their mothers and put into boarding schools, their hair cut and weren’t allowed to speak in their language. Today our nation needs political leaders, science, technology, engineers, and education and this starts with our children!

Denyse B

I hope that you have found my blog posts informative and useful. I am a far better speaker than I am a writer. I feel that I can express myself better through verbalization. I’m the speaker, Denyse is the writer and Jessi is of few words but when she speaks her words will stick with you. I enjoyed meeting Nellie and Elsie. They are incredible Native women and are great leaders. I hope to go home and take all that I have learned to new levels through out my daily life. I will pray for everyone and pray that we may all find peace through unity one day.

Today I attended two parallel events and these being my final parallel events of UNCSW, I tried to pick some that would try to send me in a new direction. Today I attended “Media’s Sexuall Objection of Women: A human rights violation” and also “Non-Communicable Diseases: A Neglected Dimension of Women’s Health and Development.” Jean Kilbourn gave a great presentation about how advertising affects overall health of a woman. From magazines, internet, television to cigarettes are all means of advertising to target women and girl starting at the age of even 6 months. At 6 months of infancy, an infant can recognize an advertizement,she stated. I was completely enlightened by this presentation. She opened my eyes to how observant the subconscience is even when you think that you really aren’t taking it all in. Advertising towards women is mostly subleminal. Sexual exploitation of the female body causes big sales. The influence to have bigger breasts, lighter skin, slimmer barely there waist lines is the ultimate fantasy for most men;therefore, promoting violence or anger or unrealistic ideaologies for men to hold against most women. And also, having women to try to live out these unrealistic and un-natural idealogies as well. The Communicable disease presentation was very important to me as well. I felt that it was awesome for them to actually talk about and bring for issues such as HPV, Cancer, and Diabetes to the table. These affect all women globally and due to health care existing or not existing in certain parts of the world not everyone has access to vaccines or medicine; therefore, women die everyday from diseases that could have been prevented or cured. I felt that this was an ultimate topic to discuss and I’m thankful that they did.

My overall experience:I am very thankful that I was given this chance to attend this year’s UNCSW. I learned about women from around the world and met tons of new people. I especially enjoyed meeting the Episcopal Young Adult group. They were all very welcoming and I thank them for allowing us to join them. I feel that I have many avenues to take now, I see in a new light, I know that as women, we must always support one another and be brave each and every day of our lives, so that the young may have the opportunities to succeed us and build a better and brighter future for all. Thanks again!

LOVE~FREEDOM~PEACE~STRENGTH~EQUALITY~EMPOWERMENT~JUSTICE~HEALTH~EDUCATION~GOOD FRYBREAD!

C. JAMES

Today I attended a parallel event by STEMS and “Medicine: the Pink Collar profession” presented by Medical Women’s International Association. I enjoyed both. I especially enjoyed the Pink Collar profession event. Health care is my calling and I learned that being a woman in the health field is no longer second best to the role of a man in the health care world. Woman are taking on and tackling issues in health that mean have ignored for years. Research in women’s health is a booming business. I feel good about this. I feel that diseases such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other female anamolies especially overall female health is being promoted at an all time high today. I feel that it is important for females to step out of and take charge and for the young girl child to know that she has great female leaders paving the way for her to be all that she can be.

This evening, we also attended the Ecumenical Women’s banquet. Each table was given a topic to discuss and our topic was “let justice flow.” I was asked to get up and speak about what our table’s thoughts were on this issue and a big topic that came to our minds was once again, justice for our people too. (Natives) After hearing the many stories from women from around the world, we all stopped and wondered about how our stories weren’t out there with the rest of the worlds. A lot of the abuse of what the women from Iraq, Pakistan, Africa (a few countries to name) endure, our Native women are going through daily too! And at that this is on US soil!!!! I feel that it’s time to get the Native American woman and girl child’s voice heard. All Natives. Natives and the rest of the world can be a driving force one day.

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Today’s parallel event I would like to talk about today is over, “Sextortion: Unmasking Hidden Corruption,” presented by the International Association of Women Judges also “Girl Speak.” I felt that these two kinda went hand in hand. Sextortion is not a legal term but is a combination of the two terms “Sex” and “Extortion.” They both touched on the abuse of the girl child by sexuall means and by forcing the girl child to engage in sexuall acts for basic daily need such as food, clothing and water by men and women of power. Some of the stories told at the “Girl Speak” were very heartbreaking. The mental and physical abuse that these girls go through is beyond what I can even fathom. These young girls should be allowed to attend school with out being assaulted by a teacher or should have access to food and clean water without having to go to a person of power and being abused just for basic needs. After reflecting on this and attending other parallel events and hearing stories, it made me realize that Natives right here in America go through this all the time, even in this day and age. I feel that the UNCSW should not forget about what’s going on here with the Native Americans as well. Native life on the “rez” and “non-native rez life.” My hopes for next year is that Native Americans will have a voice here at the UNCSW. There’s so much to tell and to get out to the rest of the world about the still on-going abuse to our people.

Today is the first day of our parallel events. We have a busy day planned out. We started out with worship service with the Young Adults. Today was the day for the Young Adults to lead the worship service and it was awesome. My parallel event that attended today that I felt that I could relate to was “Relational Aspects of Gender Equality in Sport: Male-Female Collaborative Advocacy,” presented by Women Sport International, WSI. I was amazed by how much abuse occurs towards the female athletes. The pressures of being pushed to the limit to where their bodies are basically sacrificed. Female athletes are forced to train just as hard as men if not even harder and most coaches and sport organizations do not even take the time to check up on the overall wellness and health of the female athletes like they do the male athletes. Females are expected to take care of themsleves and keep up with the men if they want to stay an athlete. Not only do they put their bodies at risk, they are also forced to put up with sexuall harassment and much abuse. All of this causing much mental anguish for the female athletes. I feel that female atheletes should if anything be taken just as serious if not  a little more serious when it comes to mental and physical health. The female body is much different than the male body and needs a tad bit more maintenance than the male body does. Coaches, athletic organizations should find ways to ensure that female atheletes, all athletes, all recieved proper routine health check-ups and mental check-ups as well. This I feel would at least allow the athletes themselves to monitor what is going on in their mind, body, heart and soul.

Today is the first day and it’s snowing. Denyse, Jessi and I are all getting aquainted with one another and we hope to engage in as many things as possible.  Sarah took us over to the  Salvation Army Temple  where we attended the NGO consultation day. This consultation was basically an overview of what to expect through out the week. The speakers were great and very imformative. This is my first UNCSW event and I’m very excited to be here

. I am also very thankful to Sarah and the Episcopal church and the Anglican Council for having all of us.

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