The Native Quest Cultural Center located at 2354 S. Jefferson (at South 25th St.) Tacoma, WA 98402, will sponsor the International Woman’s Day celebration. On Thursday, March 8, 2012 there will be: soups, sandwiches, and salad available for purchase from 5 pm to 6 pm. From 6 pm to 7 pm will be the program. Dessert will be provided for free from Women of Vision, NOW, and OLOC. This is a free community event with lots of handicapped parking available.
Nancy Baskett, President of Women of Vision for three years, explains the purpose of the International Woman’s Day program, “To support the UN International Women’s Day. To celebrate women in our community and to let people know of the program that support girls in Pierce County, and let women network.” Nancy explained what Women of Vision is, “Women of Vision is a private, non-profit 501 c3 organization established in 1988 by a group of women community leaders in Tacoma, Washington. It is a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose purpose is “to create opportunities to effect change for the betterment of women of all nationalities through the development, support and promotion of women as leaders and through international and intercultural communication among women.” Women of Vision NGO is accredited by the Department of Public Information of United Nations (DPI). Women of Vision does an annual outreach report as part of our accreditation with the UN.”
Nancy expressed the best thing about the Women of Vision organization, “Each board member has a specialty or project they sponsor and all the board members support each project. One member works on water projects in Cambodia, another board member works on projects for teen girls. My interest is working with women and youth in Siberia. I started a rabbit project to teach women and youth to raise rabbit for food as a way to prevent Domestic Violence.
As information comes faster, Women of Vision has switched from using a website as a source of distributing information and we now use monthly electronic newsletter and Facebook site. A part of the information we send out is information from the UN, as well as local information.”
Nancy discussed how the Women of Vision organization is unique compared to other women organizations, “Women of Vision works and partner with women’s organizations, both locally and globally. It demonstrates what a small group of women with passion can do.”
When asked what the mission of the Women of Vision organization, she replied, “Women of Vision: Our purpose is to create opportunities to effect change for the betterment of women of all nationalities, through the development, support and promotion of women as leaders and through international and intercultural communication among women. Our mission is to provide encouragement and opportunities for women to improve their status and that of their families.”
For more information about International Woman’s Day, please visit: http://internationalwomensday.com The International Women’s Day event that will be held at the Native Quest Cultural Center in Tacoma, is supported by Women of Vision, Tacoma Chapter of National Organization for Women, OLOC, and Native Quest. For more information about Women of Vision, please visit: http://womenofvisionngo.net/ “Women of Vision is one of the few feminist organizations that is active in the Tacoma area. Women of Vision works on the area of need; both locally and internationally to enhance women lives,” Nancy concluded.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com