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MountainTrue Brings All-Women Adventure Film Festival to Brevard, Boone and Asheville

first_imgMountainTrue is Western North Carolina’s premier advocate for environmental stewardship. Their staff and volunteers are committed to keeping our mountain region a beautiful place to live, work and play. MountainTrue members protect forests, clean up rivers, plan vibrant and livable communities, and advocate for a sound and sustainable future for all residents of WNC. For more information: https://mountaintrue.org No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is the premier all-women adventure film festival based out of Carbondale, Colorado and on tour internationally. In its fourth year, No Man’s Land Film Festival has reached audiences in nearly every US state and has breached international borders with events ranging from Canada to Australia. A Woman Knows Her Place features extreme kayaking out West. The screenings kiff off in Brevard at Oskar Blues Brewery on April 3 with a free event that will feature a pre-show panel of women discussing their experience in the outdoors. Then on April 13, the festival will screen inside Boone’s Center 45 climbing gym. The Asheville event on April 25 will be the largest with an all-inclusive ticketed screening at New Belgium Brewery which includes indoor seating, hors d’oeuvres, a full-length film screening and your first beer compliments of MountainTrue. Weather permitting, films will also be screened for free on the lawn in front of the Brewhouse. Since the event is in late April, the weather could choose to be uncooperative, so MountainTrue encourages Asheville attendees toto purchase a ticket to ensure they get to see the films and to support the work of MountainTrue Vivid and etherial In Perpetual Motion is about the remarkable beauty when time stands still for just a moment.  No Man’s Land Film Festival – the premier all-women adventure film festival – returns to Western North Carolina for a second year, but this time with three screenings throughout the region. The Festival features short films about women adventurers who will inspire you with their tenacity and spunk – all interwoven to showcase the full scope of woman-identified athletes and adventurers. Tickets for all three screenings are available athttps://mountaintrue.org/nmlff19 In Mountain Bike Meets Painting, artist and mountain biker Micayla Gatto takes the viewer on a harrowing and surreal trip along ridge lines and down winding single track. No Man’s Land Film Festival Excites and Empowers “No Man’s Land Film Festival champions women in the outdoors. Through the film festival, we want to inspire women to lace up their hiking boots, strap on a climbing harnesses or hit the trail.” explains Julie Mayfield, co-director of MountainTrue, a Western North Carolina-based environmental conservation nonprofit. “Our mountains and rivers need more champions, and those of us who spend time playing in the outdoors are more likely to fight to protect the outdoors.” MountainTrue, a Western North Carolina-based environmental conservation nonprofit, is organizing three screenings throughout our region this spring and hope that the No Man’s Land Film Festival will inspire more women to spend time in the outdoors and, in turn, take up the cause of environmental conservation and protection. The NMLFF mission transcends the films presented, acting as a platform for powerful and progressive movement in the outdoor industry. For more information: http://nomanslandfilmfestival.org Shirin tells the story Shirin Gerami who pursues triathlon while adhering to Iran’s dress regulations for women. Becca Droz plays hip hop on the Mountain Top in Hip Hop Gone Wild NMLFF celebrates the full scope of woman-identified athletes and adventurers, looking to undefine what it means to be a woman in adventure, sport and film. NMLFF champions women with grit, hustle, determination and boundless passion, investing them with the respect, support and media recognition they deserve. Through human collaboration, No Man’s Land strives to implement and inspire change in the outdoor, sport and film industries, while cultivating a deep interest in exploring the vastness of the planet from a woman’s point of view. last_img read more

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Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 40 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims by: – April 28, 2012 Tweet CNN Hero: Malya Villard-AppolonPort-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — Three days after a massive earthquake threw Haiti into chaos, Alvana was homeless, along with her two children.But her nightmare was just beginning.“I was gang-raped while I was sleeping in the middle of the street,” she said. “And I got pregnant.”Alvana did not know her attackers. Depressed and unsure of what to do next, she was directed by a friend to a clinic run by KOFAVIV, a Creole acronym that translates into the Commission of Women Victims for Victims.“By the time I got to them, my belly was already big,” she said. “But they took care of me.”Alvana was given food, water, housing and prenatal care. She decided to keep her daughter, even though the psychological pain could be difficult — and still is, two years later.“It’s terrible,” said Alvana, 33. “I love my daughter … (but) I look at myself and see that I have a child that is a product of a gang rape.”Her story is, unfortunately, all too common in Haiti, said Malya Villard-Appolon, one of KOFAVIV’s co-founders.“After (the earthquake), the situation was inhumane and degrading,” Villard-Appolon said. “There was no security in the (displacement) camps. There was no food; there was no work. And now there is a rampant problem.”Accurate numbers are difficult, if not impossible, to find in the aftermath of such devastation, but KOFAVIV and other groups say they have seen a definite increase in rape cases after the January 2010 earthquake.“Victims became more vulnerable due to a range of things,” said Brian Concannon Jr., director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. “They lost their houses; there were no locked doors anymore. People lost family members who were a source of protection.”Terrible living conditions, including a shortage of food and water, contribute to the problem as well, said Charity Tooze, a senior communications officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Washington office.“The conditions are so dehumanizing,” Tooze said. “Over months and months, it increases all forms of violence, including sexual violence.”There has also been a lack of prosecution in the country. In the first two years after the quake, not one person in Haiti has been convicted of rape, according to the UNHCR.“The big problem is, you can’t find justice,” said Villard-Appolon, 52.Even before the quake, she says, rape was an issue in Haiti, historically underreported because of social stigma, retaliation from perpetrators and a lack of legal support. That is what led her and Marie Eramithe Delva to start KOFAVIV in 2004. Since the group’s inception, it has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.“We tell people to come out of silence,” she said. “Do not be afraid to say that you have been victimized.”Villard-Appolon knows what it’s like to be a victim of sexual violence. She has been raped twice, and her husband died as a result of beatings he endured trying to save her from being raped. In 2010, her 14-year-old daughter was raped in a displacement camp.“I can’t describe to you how I felt when I heard about that, because I was a victim,” she said. “I started asking myself what kind of generation I came from. Am I cursed?”She escorted her daughter to two police stations and received no assistance, she said, just a lot of talk. One police officer told her that “girls are so promiscuous” and indicated that many young girls are asking for sex.But she carries on, “fighting with hope that I know there will be a change,” she said. Internationally, she has testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for increased security within the displacement camps and asking that women’s groups be included in decision-making processes.“I was a victim, and I did not find justice. But know I will get it for other women,” she told CNN.When the earthquake hit Haiti, KOFAVIV’s founders watched their clinic and their offices collapse along with their homes.Villard-Appolon lived in the dangerous Champ de Mars displacement camp for half a year. There, she said, she watched as conditions deteriorated.“It was all kinds of people who ended up in one area,” she said. “The jails were not destroyed, but their doors were opened, and all prisoners went free. Many of them … were armed, and they were notorious murderers.”One criminal held Villard-Appolon at gunpoint, demanding money. The police never showed up, she said, but she managed to escape after a group of supporters arrived to fight.Villard-Appolon said many single women had to leave their children with strangers in order to search for food, water or work. In some cases, the children were raped. The youngest victim, she says, was a 17-month-old.“I spent six months witnessing it,” she said. “Babies are not spared; adults are not spared; mothers are not spared; sisters are not spared.”Despite the escalating violence and the loss of its clinic, KOFAVIV regrouped to help victims in Haiti’s “tent city” camps, where about 500,000 people still live today. The group has 66 female outreach agents and 25 male security guards who work within the camps, organizing nighttime community watch groups and providing whistles and flashlights to women. All of them have been affected by gender-based violence, whether personally or through a family member or loved one, Villard-Appolon said.KOFAVIV also relies on more than 1,000 members to help share their stories, support the victims and urge them to come forward and fight for justice.It usually starts by accompanying the victims to the hospital within 72 hours of being raped. Once they undergo a test, they receive the medical certificate they must have to begin legal proceedings.“After that, we assign a lawyer to her,” Villard-Appolon said. There is no cost to the victims, and they receive support from KOFAVIV through the trial.Villard-Appolon says she is determined to keep fighting for a brighter future, even though justice has been elusive.“My dream is that we will get to a place where we stop talking about the number of rape cases,” she said. “We will stop talking about Haiti as a country where people are committing violence against others. One day, we have to be able to say that we have a country with people who respect each other.”By Allie Torgan, CNNlast_img read more

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The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Entrepreneurs

first_img July 16, 2018 Add to Queue Editorial Intern Madison Semarjian 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Amazon Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business It’s Christmas in July, and Amazon is ready to celebrate. Online shoppers have marked their calendars for what may be considered a new national holiday, Amazon Prime Day. From Monday, July 16, at 3 p.m. ET,  to midnight July 17, Amazon will offer more than 1 million deals on products for its beloved Prime members.If you’re thinking of saving your holiday shopping for Black Friday, you may want to think again. According to reports, 76 percent of Prime Day prices were better than Black Friday prices last year, with that number only predicted to rise.Based on predictions by bestblackfriday.com, now’s the time to buy your electronics, even if you’re anti-Amazon. Retailers including Microsoft, Google and GameStop are offering competitive rates to make the most of the predicted surge of online shopping.(Quick tip: If you’re not already a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to get in on the Prime Day action, then cancel whenever you choose).Products are expected to go quick, so we’ve compiled a list of the best Prime Day deals for entrepreneurs, so you don’t miss out while searching through the site.  For your business trips: Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Carry-On Suitcase, $130 ($60 off)If you need an at-home assistant: Echo Dot (2nd Generation), $35 ($15 off)To keep you entertained on your commute: Amazon Prime Music, four months unlimited for $1When you don’t have time to go grocery shopping: Prime Now, $10 off Whole Foods delivery ordersTo keep an eye on things: Cloud Cam Security Camera, $79.99 ($40 off)For business on-the-go: Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, $89.99 ($60 off)For your time off: 40-inch HDTV, $120 (over $200 off)To catch up on reading: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, $100 ($20 off)For your morning workout: Jabra Elite 45e sport earphones, $70 ($30 off)For your team meetings: PX747-4K projector, $1,000 ($300 off)center_img Next Article The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals for Entrepreneurs Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Register Now » ‘Tis the season for online shopping.last_img read more

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