Women's Group of the Greens

Wonder Women—The Women's Group of the Greens

While I have yet to watch the summer blockbuster, Wonder Woman, I had the privilege of meeting hundreds of wonder women on July 14, 2017. Armed with a passion for education, dedication to children’s rights, and commitment to justice, The Women’s Group of the Greens stood against child slavery by supporting Y-ACT.

Just like the warriors of Themyscira, The Women’s Group of the Greens is a community of empowering women that have continuously devoted themselves to the welfare of communities and philanthropy. When Janai Smith, the Outreach Manager of ECPAT invited me to talk about my Y-ACT experience, I was not sure what to expect. The excited conversations between friends and a fuzzy warmth courtesy of the genuine exchange of “hellos” and “how are yous”, vanquished my nerves.

Being a proud and lucky graduate of an all women’s high school, I know what sisterhood and community look like, and the Women of the Greens definitely epitomized girl power.  I discussed how the Y-ACT program aims to educate young people and provide them the information and skills they need to become effective advocates in their communities. The women listened with rapt attention as I proceeded to explain how Y-ACT debunks myths that often surround human trafficking, while also giving teens the tools they need to ensure their safety in both the real and virtual world. Their commitment to ECPAT’s mission, specifically the Y-ACT program was evident, as members asked insightful questions and brainstormed ways to expand youth awareness, engagement, and leadership.

Surrounded by Wonder Woman themed centerpieces, I realized that despite the amazing reviews the film has gotten, I doubt that the movie experience will come close to the memorable opportunity of being surrounded by real-life wonder women. The help of The Women’s Group of the Greens will enable ECPAT to continue fostering awareness and leadership, as we aspire to educate, train, and support more young superheroes.

The Women's Group of the Greens Chooses ECPAT-USA as the Recipient of Donations from the Annual Book and Author Luncheon

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The Women’s Group of the Greens, a non-sectarian philanthropic organization located in Melville, New York, held their annual Book and Author Luncheon on May 11, 2017, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, New York. Every year, the organization chooses a charity to receive the donations from the luncheon, which includes raffles ticket sales.

This year ECPAT-USA was honored to be the recipient. The donation is specifically designated for ECPAT’s Youth Against Child Trafficking program and will be awarded at their annual meeting next month. Thanks go to Susan Viviani, a member of the organization who suggested ECPAT as a worthy charity. The event was very well attended. There were more than 250 members and their guests in attendance, including two ECPAT-USA Board members, Deborah Morea and Karen Weiss. A co-chair of the event, Cookie Edell, spoke passionately about ECPAT’s mission.

The event’s speaker was best-selling author Randy Susan Meyers, who provided a humorous and informative peak into the process of fiction writing, with focus on her latest novel, The Widow of Wall Street. Ms. Meyers capped off this great event by announcing that she was donating her speaker’s fee and all of the proceeds from the sale of her books at the event to ECPAT-USA. Her generosity was overwhelming!