Women & Influence Conference: Women, Families & Immigration

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Moore College of Art & Design 20th Street and The Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Registration for the 12th Annual Women & Influence Conference

The Women & Influence Conference is a free annual conference that serves as a public forum for discussion and analysis on entrenched and emerging issues facing women and families in the region. Conference participants have the opportunity to listen, learn, discuss and network throughout the day. Each year, the conference examines a different issue area and this year we will focus on community strategies that sustain, empower and celebrate immigrant families. The centerpiece of this year’s conference will be the lived experiences of women from across the various diasporas that comprise our region’s cultural landscape. Through the lenses of personal narrative, language, art and public policy, we will explore how gender, race and social class shape the experiences of immigrants and their children. The morning and afternoon break-out sessions will be divided into three broad areas: Health; Economic & Leadership Developoment; and Education & Youth.

Morning Workshops: 10:30am - 11:30am

Session 1 - Health: Access & Inequities

In this session, a panel of experts will discuss the obstacles that undocumented women face in accessing comprehensive health care, models of care that work to reduce these barriers and the particular challenges immigrant women face in seeking culturally competent, comprehensive reproductive and/or maternal health care.

Session 2 - Economic & Leadersip Development: Paths to Self-Sufficiency

By showcasing innovative and entrepreneurial projects led by immigrant women, we will explore creative paths to economic self-sufficiency. This session will feature Hani White of the Women's Opportunities Resource Center, a WOMEN'S WAY Action Partner grantee.
Session 3 - Education/Youth: Girls' Leadership

In this session, we examine how undocumented girls navigate and balance legal status, education access, care for family, along with the everyday concerns of being a teenage girl. This session will feature Angy Rivera of the New State Leadership Council and founder of the first and only advice column for undocmented youth, Ask Angy.
Networking Lunch: 11:30am - 12:00pm

Lunchtime Panel - Voices of the Immigrant Community: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Afternoon Workshops: 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Session 1 - Health: Interpersonal Violence as a Public Health Issue

Interpersonal violence - including domestic violence, harassment, stalking and human trafficking - is increasingly being recognized as a significant public health issue. In this session, we will explore the impact of this trauma on immigrant women and their families, barriers to supportive services and models for care that take into consideration the unique needs of immigrant survivors.
Session 2 - Economic & Leadership Development: Workplace Issues

Undocumented immigrant women are often particularly vulnerable to workplace abuses, such as discrimination, human trafficking and denial of rights. Liz Chacko from Community Women's Fund grantee, Friends of Farmworkers, will lead this session on workplace rights and courses of action if these rights are being violated.
Session 3 - Education/Youth: Policy Landscape

In this session, we speak with young people and advocates about the public policies and proposals designed to economically and socially empower immigrant youth, such as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors).
Keynote Address - Ai-jen Poo: 2:30 -3:30pm

Ai-jen Poo has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. In 2007, DWU helped organize the first national domestic workers convening, out of which formed the NDWA. As Co-director of Caring Across Generations, Ai-jen leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of careworkers, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security and independence. Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging.

Event Type: 
Community Events
Human Services
Violence Against Women