IWD 2022


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CARE USA: CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security. We put women and girls in the center because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities.


The Carter Center: The Carter Center is guided by the principles of our Founders, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. Founded, in partnership with Emory University, on a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering, the Center seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health


USAID: On behalf of the American people, we promote and demonstrate democratic values abroad, and advance a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. In support of America's foreign policy, the U.S. Agency for International Developmentleads the U.S. Government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.


Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN): In response to a critical lack of representation for asylum-seekers within one of the toughest immigration courts in the nation, GAIN was founded in 2005 as the Atlanta Asylum Bar Project. Our project’s scope was to provide quality pro bono representation to asylum-seekers seeking refuge in the U.S. After achieving 501(c)(3) status in 2009, GAIN expanded our legal programming in 2010 to include immigrant survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes through our Victims of Violence program. Through these two flagship programs, we continue to impact access to justice for vulnerable immigrants and fight for our vision of safety, freedom, and opportunity for all. Since inception, GAIN has helped over 5,000 people and provided over $15 million in pro bono legal services.


New American Pathwaths: New American Pathways is an Atlanta based nonprofit with the mission of Helping Refugees and Georgia Thrive. Our vision is for new Americans in metro Atlanta to become successful, contributing, and welcomed members of Georgia’s communities. We fulfill our goals by offering the most comprehensive, fully integrated continuum of services targeted to meet the specific needs of refugees and other immigrants in Georgia.


Afghan American Alliance of Georgia: The Afghan American Alliance of Georgia is a newly created non-profit organization that supports Afghan refugees as they begin their new lives in the United States. We work in partnership with resettlement agencies to welcome Afghans joining our community, orient them to life in the United States, and help them establish long-term self-sufficiency. While the impetus for our formation was to serve our allies from the United States' mission in Afghanistan, we gladly serve all Afghan refugee families.


Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE): ACE is a Georgia 501(c)(3) nonprofit and community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides capital, coaching, and connections to help borrowers create and grow sustainable businesses that generate jobs. We have provided more than $135 million in loans and business advisory services to support 2,000+ small business owners and helped create or save 14,000+ jobs for Georgians.


IBEX IT Business Experts: IBEX is a proven reliable, responsive contractor with exceptional internal subject matter experts and an extensive network of qualified partners and consultants. Our focus is on supporting and promoting world-renowned, industry-recognized frameworks and standards. In doing so, we help our clients develop world-class, business-centric services and business change environments. IBEX is an 8(a) and Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), certified through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) respectively.


Shared Demands: We are a family-owned business with the distinctive characteristic of paying attention to details and the organizing and personal goals of our clients. We value the time, health and energy of our clients, as these are precious commodities to each person we service. We specialize in making even the most complex organizing project, stress-free, simple and more effortless for our clients. https://www.shareddemands.com

Atlanta Women's Foundation: www.atlantawomen.org

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The "Fearless Girl" statue was installed on March 7, 2017—the day before International Women's Day by State Street Global Advisors. It depicts a girl four feet high, promoting female empowerment, and it is located at Broad Street across from the New York Stock Exchange Building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City.  

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Click here to view the article by Maria Saporta in the Saporta Report. 

"International Women’s Day program explores gains losses for women"

March 3 2022 7:59 pm

"1 million women left the labor force. Here's what many are doing now"Mar 9, 2022, 1:14pm EST Updated: Mar 9, 2022, 2:11pm EST

​When Malika Sylvain lost her job in August 2020 as head of operations and strategic planning for YearUp Atlanta, she did what many people did during COVID-19 lockdowns, she began “decluttering her home.”

Then, she turned her attention to other people’s houses, and soon realized she was onto something—a new business. She launched Shared Demands, LLC, a personal organization and lifestyle concierge company in December 2020.

“We’re more than a year in, and I’m booked,” said Sylvain who spent much of her career working for nonprofits.
Sylvain is one of thousands of Black women who became an entrepreneur during the pandemic out of necessity. Women of color were more than twice as likely to start a new business because of financial concerns or a layoff, according to a Gusto-NAWBO survey.
“A couple of years ago, minority women startups accounted for just 27% of all new companies. During the pandemic, it jumped to 47%,” said Qaadirah Abdur-Rahim, chief equity officer and executive director of the City of Atlanta, citing the Gusto-NAWBO survey.

That trend is a “silver lining” in what has mostly been a difficult two years for working women, Abdur-Rahim said. More than 1 million women left the labor force between February 2020 and January 2022.

If starting a business during a global pandemic seems counter-intuitive, lending to one would also buck conventional wisdom.
But Grace Fricks, president and CEO of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) has seen her organization grow “tremendously in the past two years.” Before the pandemic, ACE had 91 borrowers. Last year, it had 797.

The community development financial institution (CDFI) offers “capital, coaching and connections” to business owners who are typically underserved by mainstream lenders.

Fricks calls ACE “counter cyclical.” When traditional banks pull back because of perceived risk, that “creates an opportunity” for ACE.
Seizing opportunities often takes courage—a key quality for entrepreneurs.

“If I’m going to bet on anyone, I’m going to bet on myself,” said Tracey Grace, president and CEO of IBEX IT Business Experts. She started her IT consulting business on the heels of the Great Recession.

Now 10 years old, IBEX IT has 120 full-time employees. Its clients include hospitals, corporations and government agencies. Last year, the Inc. 5000 list named IBEX IT one of the fastest-growing small businesses in America.

Grace said during the pandemic, the company focused on training employees and building its back-office infrastructure. She anticipates once the pandemic ends, “the floodgates will open,” and she wants to be ready.

“The past two years have been especially hard for women,” Abdur-Rahim said. Women of color had some of the highest rates of job loss during the height of the coronavirus spread.

But women are “digging in and creating new opportunities,” said Abdur-Rahim who ran the nonprofit Future Foundation before joining Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens’ administration.

The increase in women-led startups has given women “more control of their work schedule” and financial well-being, Abdur-Rahim said.

Malika Sylvain’s Shared Demands, LLC organizing business tripled during the pandemic. After just 15 months in business, Sylvain sees an opportunity to branch out.

She said, Shared Closet Consignment will be “coming soon.”

In honor of International Women’s Day, “Closer Look" program host Rose Scott spoke with several Atlanta-based leaders for a roundtable group discussion about several topics. From left to right: with Paige Alexander, the CEO of The Carter Center; Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, an Atlanta-based global activist and the communications division director and chief of staff in the Office of the CCO at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Michelle Nunn, the president and CEO of CARE USA. (Photo courtesy of the guest listed above)

Women from across the world are being celebrated in honor of International Women’s Day.

According to the International Women’s Day website, the global holiday seeks to shine the light on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  

This year’s theme #BreakTheBias calls for people to actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping.
Across social media platforms, people posted pictures of themselves with their hands forming an X shape to stand in solidarity.

On Tuesday’s edition of ‘Closer Look” program host Rose Scott talked with Paige Alexander, the CEO of the Carter Center; Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, an Atlanta-based global activist and the communications division director and chief of staff in the Office of the CCO  at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Michelle Nunn, the president and CEO of CARE USA, about several topics, including how women are fairing globally amid the pandemic and how women are responding to the Ukraine crisis.

AJC Article: 
"Rahel Tsada made it into a metro Atlanta domestic violence shelter when there was still space.
It was late 2019, and the mother of two was pregnant with her third and desperate to leave the children’s father. He’d kept her from fleeing his abuse, she said, by hiding her green card, passport, other important documents and family photos. Tsada, a native of Ethiopia, needed the documents to work or to rent an apartment.

The Women’s Resource Center in DeKalb County took Tsada and her children in. The resource center saved her. “I feel like I have somebody who cares about me,” she said.
But if Tsada had tried to flee abuse now, she likely would have a much harder time finding space in a shelter around Atlanta or elsewhere in the state. COVID protocols have forced shelters to reduce capacity. Reports of domestic violence have also risen amid the pandemic, leaving many shelters weathering unprecedented need...." 

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February 7, 2022
Good morning, Broadsheet readers! The Winter Olympics kick off, Queen Elizabeth celebrates 70 years on the throne, and January’s jobs report shows the women’s employment crisis is far from over. Have a productive Monday. 

– Jobs report. For a few months, it seemed like the women’s employment crisis of the pandemic was easing. In October, women gained 57% of the jobs added to the economy. In November, Black women’s unemployment fell to 5%. In December, women’s labor force participation rose—even if that rate was still lower than it had been in decades. 

But whether the economic outlook is good or bad news for women always depends on which slice of data you’re looking at. Friday’s January jobs report made that clear once again. 

In January 2022, 27 times more men than women joined the labor force, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (which also provided the above analyses for the past few months.) Men have completely recouped pandemic employment losses, while 1.1 million fewer women are participating in the labor force than did in February 2020. Some more numbers: 39,000 women over age 20 joined the workforce last month, compared to 1 million men. The economy gained 467,000 jobs, but just 40% of those went to women. 

NWLC director of research Jasmine Tucker blames this disparity not just on the longtime pressures of the pandemic on women and caregivers, but particularly on the effects of the Omicron variant, which closed schools and childcare facilities yet again last month.

Speaking of those closures, the jobs report provided some insight into the country’s childcare providers; the sector gained 5,600 jobs in January, bringing the net number of childcare jobs lost since February 2020 to 131,200. 

For parents, it’s likely that none of this is surprising. Caregivers are the ones tracking every single daycare shutdown or day of unexpected remote learning. But for those who aren’t personally affected by year three of COVID caregiving, the jobs report is a good monthly reminder of just how serious these problems continue to be—and who they’re hitting the hardest. 

Emma Hinchliffe

The Broadsheet, Fortune’s newsletter for and about the world’s most powerful women, is coauthored by Kristen BellstromEmma Hinchliffe, and Claire Zillman. Today’s edition was curated by Emma Hinchliffe

You are receiving this email because you have either contributed to or expressed an interest in the Afghan American Alliance of Georgiaand the urgent work that we are doing.  Many of you receiving this email are the backbone of our efforts.  We have good news to share with all of you. 
  • We now have a website that explains who we are, the work that we are doing, and the support that is needed
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It has been a very busy four months since we were incorporated, and it is now almost six months since Afghanistan fell and this humanitarian crisis began.  The families we are meeting have needs that are both basic and tremendous.  We are starting to see the physical and mental health toll that this has taken on parents, children and grandparents.  Families face challenges finding long term housing after they arrive, and without a stable address, they cannot start working or get their children enrolled in school.  It takes weeks to get children enrolled even after they move into their apartments.  There are very serious needs for dental care, which is hard to find and afford even if you have insurance.  And of course, there is a great sense of urgency to learn English and find jobs.

The AAAGA has been working to provide basic necessities like furniture, clothing, shoes and household items.  We help families move into their new homes when possible, and then follow up with a visit to see how we can further help.  Our first foray into this work was thanks to Ethaar, who brought us into their fold. We have since partnered with Inspiredu to help families get laptops so they can learn English and apply for jobs.  We work with ICNA Relief, who generously provides culturally appropriate food staples for families every month.  We were also able to collaborate with the Intensive English Program at Georgia State University to welcome and orient six female students who fled Afghanistan so they can continue their studies.  

We have been so fortunate to receive support from donors across the state and across religions (the Cooperative Baptist Ministries, Congregation Bet Haverim, the East Cobb Islamic Center, Ismaili CIVIC).  We still have a lot of work ahead of us, and we would appreciate you sharing this email within your networks.  If you have already donated items, funds or your time, thank you!  And if you haven't, please consider supporting our efforts, or that of our partners.

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Hogai G. Nassery, M.D.
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