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.