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Spring 2003


RDLN Presentation at the United Nations
Eight RDLN women presented a session on "Technology and Rural Wom
en" at the Commission on the Status of Women meeting at the United Nations in March. Included were the following women:

  Terri Baker, RDLN Advisor, Northeastern University/Native Women's Cooperative, OK
  Martha Beatty, RDLN Leader, Robin Heights Community Watch, NC
  Evelyn Conley, RDLN participant, Cherokee Nation/Native Women's Cooperative, OK
  Starry Krueger, RDLN President, NY
  Naida Lefthand, RDLN Leader, Salish Kootenai College, MT
  Shirley McClain, RDLN Leader, North Carolina Hunger Network, NC
  Nancy Warneke, RDLN graduate, Ktunaxa Community Development Corp., MT
  Whitney Warneke, Flathead High School, MT

Women from thirteen countries participated in the dialogue generated by the presentations.

–at the UN

 

WomenWatch radio program, with excerpts from discussion after session, including RDLN participants.
See transcript and listen to the program.


–at the RDLN office

At an Artisans Market for NGOs, Native Women's Cooperative introduced a new product, "Cherokee Word," a set of Cherokee vocabulary words on small strips of paper that were given with pottery, baskets and other items the group was selling. Each paper gives a Cherokee word, its pronunciation, and its meaning in English. Native Women's Cooperative formed a relationship with the American Indian Community House, which bought a number of items and took many others on consignment.

 

Nancy Warneke Chosen Minority Entrepreneur of the Year
Nancy Warneke (third from right, above) has been chosen Minority Entrepreneur of the Year in her region by the Small Business Administration.

 

Appalachian Women's Alliance Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Appalachian Women's Alliance -- whose coordinator is RDLN graduate Meredith Dean -- celebrated its 10th Anniversary in April. Based in Floyd, VA, AWA is a grassroots network working in six Appalachian states to empower women around issues of domestic violence, racism, and economic justice. Strategies include leadership development, community organizing, and publication of the "Appalachian Women's Journal," which gives Appalachian women an opportunity to speak the truth of their own lives through poetry, artwork and short stories. See www.appalachianwomen.org

 

Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative awarded Ford Funds
The Ford Foundation has approved a grant of $1.5 million for work in three states(Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi) with Southern rural black women after a three-year planning period. RDLN graduate and board member Shirley Sherrod is a member of the advisory committee. Former RDLN Chairwoman Billie Jean Young is part of the leadership in Alabama, and RDLN Leader Lillie Webb is working with the Georgia group.

 

Mily Treviño-Sauceda returns from Alston-Bannerman sabbatical
RDLN Leader, Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Executive Director of Lideres Campesinas, has returned from an extended stay in Mexico, where she reconnected with extended family. The retreat was part of her Alston-Bannerman fellowship.

 


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