Donation for the Women's Socioeconomic Empowerment Forum


It is often said that women carry the weight of the world on our shoulders. This universal truth is most evident in economically disadvantaged communities, where fundamental rights that many of us take for granted -- rights such as public education, a living wage and good nutrition -- are viewed as luxuries to which only the privileged class has access. In these communities, women do not fret over which college their children will attend when they turn 18. Instead, they pray that their children will live to be 18. Rather than complaining about long commutes or having to perform tasks that they consider beneath them, they gratefully walk miles for the opportunity to labor in fields from dawn to dusk or to do piece work in factories for pennies a day. Instead of struggling to lose a few pounds by next week, they struggle to decide which of their children will not starve today. In their world, precious commodities are not sold on the trading floor of the stock exchange. They are sold in the back rooms of brothels.

All women carry the weight of the world on our shoulders, but all of our worlds are not equal in weight.  It is time for first world women to put our first world problems in perspective, to enter the worlds of our persecuted sisters in the US and abroad, and to help shoulder the weight that they have carried alone for too long. By empowering them to break free from the shackles of poverty, discrimination and exploitation, we can claim freedom for generations of women to come.

Safe Port Initiative cordially invites you to play an integral role in this mission by partcipating in our first annual women's socioeconomic empowerment forum, Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17, 2017. We are honored to announce that this year's forum will be kicked off by renowned women's rights advocate and author, Letty Cottin Pogrebin. Letty, who is the founding editor of Ms. Magazine and a co-founder of the National Women's Political Caucus, will lead a talking circle 4:00pm-6:00pm Friday afternoon on the topic of Feminism, Faith and Freedom, which will be followed by dinner and an evening of stimulating conversation and connection.

The forum will resume on Saturday morning with a continuation of our discussion on Feminism, Faith & Freedom as those concepts relate to biological determinism, social determinism, free will, and cross cultural socioeconomic empowerment. Following lunch, we will proceed with our discussion and begin to identify long-term goals, intermediate-term objectives, action steps and resources. Saturday evening, we'll enjoy dinner together followed by an optional group outing. Sunday, we will conclude the forum by developing a short-term action plan and assigning key tasks to those who would like to have an ongoing role. The forum will officially end at 3:00pm on Sunday, though participants are warmly welcomed to stay on and enjoy each other's company through Monday morning.

As guests of Safe Port Initiative, all participants will be provided with transportation from/to O'Hare or Midway Airport, three nights' luxury accommodations in a Chicago-area estate, meals, entertainment, and a special gift basket to remember our time together. We will have access to the estate from 3:00pm CDT on Friday September 15 to 10:00am CDT on Monday September 18.

While participation in this event is free, donations to help defray the cost of the event will be gratefully accepted.