Thank You for Attending Our First Global Virtual Panel!

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Thank you to all who joined us for the “Empowering Young Women to Transform the World”: A Global Virtual Panel! We received some excellent questions, which we have listed below along with a link to help to get the answer you’re looking for since we were not able to answer all during the panel. 

We appreciate everyone’s involvement and hope to see you all at the next panel discussion! 

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  • How about their traditional life? Is it affecting all these girls? What is the family member’s approach to this? Are girls free to go to school? When they start their period, do they need to get married?  
  • What are the biggest hurdles to overcome in getting reproductive health information to young women in Texas?
  • As a mom of 2 girls, I constantly think about when is the appropriate age to bring up conversations about sex and reproductive health with them. They are just 3 and 4, so I guess I still have a good window of opportunity to learn.
    • Please check out Talk About It Dallas for tips on how to have the talk and other helpful resources.
  • To Neema, You are obviously doing great work in Congo. My question is, how did this happen for you and your organization. What is your story? Thank you. 
  • I am sorry, but I feel pressured and qualified as an African to respond to asking about African women not having control over themselves. This perspective held true in the “olden days.” And by that, I meant some 50 years ago. However, I am not discrediting that some cultural and religious sects make it harder for African women. However, generalized statement discredits works from women like Ngozi Okonja- Iweala, the first woman and African to be the WTO head.
  • Hello! This question is for Neema,  is there a place we can go online to send donations to help provide resources?
  • Ms. Lynn and panelists, what are some counseling and mental health resources accessible to families, including those in underserved communities in the Dallas area?
  • This question is for Mrs. Byrdy Lynn,  How can we help young women address trauma issues and bring more self-love awareness? How can we push for more healthy relationships? What are some steps that we women can take to start the healing process?
  • This question is for Mrs. Mary Valadez, At what age should we start the conversation with young girls about domestic violence? How can we bring more awareness about the signs /red flags? Especially young women in high school etc.
  • I’m sorry, I have one last question. Anyone can answer this: What resources do you all have to share for someone like me who would like to work on healing and getting counseling but may not have a lot of money to pay for it? And thank you all for this educational discussion.
  •  Neema, how long did it take for your organization to get the recognition it has today, and what resources did you use in order for it to get such recognition?
  • To Neema, first of all, keep it up for the good job that is being done in congo. I would like to ask how did you get started? And do you currently have the team of girls you are mentoring to do the same activities you do? How are you preparing the young generation to do more about women empowerment in congo? Thanks.
  • What obstacles you face working with some schools, and is there anything we as a community member can do to help?
  • How can we get copies of the menstruation pamphlet?
  • Often times queer and trans women are “othered” or overlooked in progressive movements. How are you working to empower and center queer and trans women in your communities and daily work?
  • Since women in such countries as Congo and Africa do not have control over themselves, have men pushed back against the movement for them to become empowered and educated, or are they starting to be more open to the need for them to be educated on this subject?
  • How can having male allies for reproductive education and rights for women be beneficial?
  • Can you give specific suggestions for young women everywhere to become advocates for other women?
  • I’m sorry, I have one last question. Anyone can answer this: What resources do you all have to share for someone like me who would like to work on healing and getting counseling but may not have a lot of money to pay for it? And thank you all for this educational discussion.
  • I agree that so many strides have been made for women of color (a big step was VP Kamala Harris’s election!). However, with the current uprisings of racial injustices all over our country, how can we continue to get women to continue to feel comfortable pushing forward in using their voices to tell their stories? And continue to educate others by what their learning in everyday life and from these organizations?
  • Greetings, It’s an honor to be an alumnus of the Young Women’s Initiative Program! To the panel: If there is one thing you could tell your younger self with regard to the work that you’re doing now, what would that be?