Love Hawk

Interview

1. How did you hear about Women for Women International?

 

For the past 5 years my tattoo studio has shared a wall with an amazing space

called Womanspace (https://www.holdingwomanspace.com/). My dear friend

Baraka Elihu hosts Women’s Circles there and facilitates an empowerment

program based on a book she wrote, called Birthing Ourselves into Being. It was

through her that I got to know about Women for Women International. I now

actually co-facilitate a men’s track of Birthing Ourselves into Being, to help other

men recognize the power and grace of femininity within women in their lives and

worldwide; and also within themselves.

 

2. What draws you to Women for Women International’s mission, why does it resonate

with you, personally?

 

I believe that one of the most important tasks of our current era is to empower

women. I find that a family, community, nation, society, and world with empowered

women results in a better quality of life for all members no matter what gender they

consider themselves. I see that Women for Women International is very directly

doing this work. I have heard personal stories from individuals who have directly

seen the work Women for Women is doing, and have great faith that my donations

are going to help women support women to help make our world more livable for

all its inhabitants.

 

3. How long have you been a supporter of WfWI?

 

I have been contributing for just about two years now to Women for Women

International. I contribute for through a tattoo based program I call Gratitude

Tattoos. Each month I give the full payment from 1 of 10 of the tattoos I create

monthly to a specific charity I choose. I also have recently given a portion of the

proceeds from art and print sales as well.

 

4. What do you enjoy most about the experience of supporting WfWI’s work?

 

Although I understand that authentic acts of charity do not require personal

feelings of worth and meaning; those feelings often do accompany such acts of

giving. For me those feelings resonate most deeply in my heart when I think about

my son, Crow, and my god-daughter, Katia. I truly get a deep sense of value in

feeling like I am contributing to improving their future world and the world of other

children like them. A healthy human, of any gender, has a “motherly instinct”;

giving to Women for Women International comes from that place of instinct.

 

5. Could you share about your “moment of activism” – meaning beyond learning about

WfWI and our mission, what was driving force behind your decision to become actively

engaged as a donor? There are so many worthy causes out there... why WfWI?

 

When I first chose WfWI as my monthly charity, I received so many applications

that included notes, saying thanks for choosing this specific charity, telling me

about personal stories, and offering to give beyond and despite of the tattoo

exchange. I realized this charity was special, and I began to do more personal

research and found out that the work was in complete alignment with my world

view. Seeing this work called me to look deeper into my life and community and

how I can support and empower women right here. I have been given more

privileges than I can count; as a white, middle-class, male gendered, Christian,

American I have all but had a gilded sidewalk laid before me. Through this

privilege I am offered and given much more than myself or my family could ever

need; I believe it is part of my duty to offer as much of this back as I can, to create

a deeper balance in our world by living my life as a means of offering such

balance. It is an ongoing process, and offering these donations to Women for

Women International is one way to assist this process.