Our Vision Statement

Growing The Collective Power of Grassroots Women Through Collaboration and Action

That Is Restorative and Regenerative. 

It's Time
Women in Leadership and Decision Making
With Audrey Kitagawa, Karambu Ringera and 
Auntie Tina Calderon
January 21, 2021

Welcome to the General Congress of Women

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Mother's Day Proclamation, the clarion call to convene a General Congress of Women, following the American Civil War, and the voice of the Suffragist movement that was well underway, we are proud to announce the launch of The General Congress of Women.

"In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women, without limit of nationality, may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient, and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.“  

The Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe

Our initiative is simple. 

Member Congresses join us in contributing to the collective voice of grassroots women, arguably one of the most impactful voices and power of change.

Each Congress is unique in it's vision and goals, yet shares some simple elements or nature, how we care for one another, how we hear one another, and with inclusion of all we impact and who impact us. Collectively, our voice has leverage for common issues and concern, and power in making regenerative change. 

Utilizing methods of convening and organizing that are sacred and spiritually based, including the Fruit of Life; a model found in all humanity and nature, with the influence of the Beijing 12 Critical Areas of Change and applying the compassionate protocol of care and caregiving, we believe the solutions to any of the world’s problems that you may be addressing can be accelerated.

Join us each month as we elevate each of the 12 Critical Areas of Concern

through the lens of our interdependence.

The United Nations Women's 12 Critical Areas of Concern
Education and Training of Women and Girls | Women and Health | Violence Against Women | Women and Armed Conflict | Women and The Economy | Women in Power and Decision-Making | Human Rights of Women | Women's Health | Institutional Structures that Empowers Women | Women and the Media | Women and the Environment | The Girl Child

 

 

 

Our January 21st Speakers

Audrey E. Kitagawa, JD, is the President/Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, the President  of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family,  and the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations.

 

She is a co-facilitator of the United Religions Initiative UN Cooperation Circle and Chair Emerita of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns.

 

She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa,  (i.e. Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school which she helped to build named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School.  

 

She wrote the chapter, Crossing World Views, The Power of Perspective in the Hawaii Japanese American Experience, which was published in a book about multiculturalism, communication and Asian women entitled, Learning In The Light. Her chapter, Globalization As The Fuel For Religious And Ethnic Conflict has been published in the book, Globalization And Identity, Cultural Diversity, Religion and Citizenship.  Her article, The Role Of Identity In The Rise And Decline of Buddhism In Hawaii, The 50th State Of The United States Of America, has been published in Sambhodi, a Buddhist Journal. She published articles in World Affairs The Journal Of International Issues, entitled, The Power of Om: Transformation of Consciousness, and Practical Spirituality. She wrote the chapter, The US In Foreign Affairs: Source of Global Security, Or Source of Global Fear? in the book, America & The World The Double Bind. 

 

She has been listed in Who's Who Of American Law, Who's Who Of American Women, Who's Who In America, Who's Who In The World, and Prominent People of Hawaii. 

 

She is the recipient of the Medal “Pride of Eurasia” and a Diploma from the Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Education and Science L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University for her outstanding contribution to the development of spiritual culture and education in Eurasia. 

 

She is the recipient of the Spirit of the UN Award which is given to outstanding individuals who have demonstrated the vision and spirit of the United Nations as expressed through the UN Charter, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

She was conferred an Honorary Interfaith Minister degree by the New Seminary.

Dr. Karambu L. Ringera is the Founder and President of International Peace Initiatives in Meru, Kenya, and a SStS NGO partner for nine years. She is dedicated to supporting and funding initiatives that mitigate the effects of war, disease, poverty, and discrimination. For her work to uplift orphans and women living with HIV/AIDS from marginalization to self-resilience, Dr. Karambu was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by her alma mater, the University of Denver. She was also awarded the 2015 Master Scholar Award from the University of Denver for her contribution to educational excellence through her motivational talks and programs that empower students to use their education for community transformation.

 is a 2016 Cordes Social Entrepreneurs Fellow; a 2015/16 Next Generation Leader Fellow of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, USA; the 2015 Life Achievement Award and 2015 Master Scholar Award winner, University of Denver, USA; and the 2012 African Achievers Award, UK – for her cutting edge work in innovative and sustainable models of development & peace building, women’s human rights and global leadership programs around the world. She has used her extensive academic background and international experience working in many countries to design and implement models of effective community engagement, women’s grassroots organizing programs, collaborative problem solving models, preemptive and post conflict reconciliation, and proactive health campaigns. She has built a successful, working model of “Amani Homes,” community homes of peace for orphans and vulnerable children in Meru, Kenya. Near the Amani home, she has also built Tirigi (“the place of abundance”), a permaculture center that trains people in the community how to develop and sustain successful food sovereignty projects. Tiriji has become a training center for peace and leadership programs. Karambu is a visionary, an activist, a compassionate, committed, formidable force for change, and an inspiration to all who meet her. “I like to think of myself as a peace, healing and reconciliation activist, involved in promoting community based organizing that empowers grassroots people, especially women and children challenged by disease, violence, and poverty. Poverty is not just about lack of money, or absence of violence and disease, rather the greatest suffering in these areas results from lack of access to information, a lack of knowledge and support to successfully utilize and develop local resources to create a better life. My desire is to stand with communities as they learn to listen deeply to the inner knowing of their hearts, identify their needs, craft their own solutions and inspire actions to meet those needs. My role is to support and trust their judgment and promote the implementation of their self-identified solutions. I invite you to stand with me to enable the work of IPI on a path that provides hope and light for all of us.” International Peace Initiatives – https://ipeacei.org

Auntie Orduno Tina

Miyiiha nehiinkem ~ Hello relatives,

 

I am of Gabrielino Tongva and Chumash decent. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and auntie to many. 

 

After retiring from a Career as Operations Manager in the Manufacturing Industry I began Home Schooling my Grandson and really focusing on my culture and language. I am currently on the Tongva Language Committee and I am a student learning the Šmuwič dialog of Chumash. 

 

I am a singer who also enjoys creative writing and composing poems and songs. I am also a culture bearer, traditional dancer and storyteller who strongly believes in honoring my ancestors by sharing their history and educating others about our truths.

Miyiiha nehiinkem ~ Hello relatives,

I am of Gabrielino Tongva and Chumash decent. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and auntie to many. 

 

After retiring from a Career as Operations Manager in the Manufacturing Industry I began Home Schooling my Grandson and really focusing on my culture and language. I am currently on the Tongva Language Committee and I am a student learning the Šmuwič dialog of Chumash. 

 

I am a singer who also enjoys creative writing and composing poems and songs. I am also a culture bearer, traditional dancer and storyteller who strongly believes in honoring my ancestors by sharing their history and educating others about our truths.

2021` Calendar of Calls
Join as a Member and receive free access to each call

January 21st Women in.Power and Decision Making

February 21st Violence Against Women and Girls

March 21st Women and The Environment

April 21st Women and Poverty

May 21st Human Rights of Women and Girls

June 21st Women and Health

July 21st Women and The Economy

August 21st Training and Education of Women and Girls

September 21st  Women and War and Conflict

Oct 21st The Girl Child

November 21st Women and Institutional Structures

December 21st Women and Girls in The Media

The Commission On The Status of Women Goes Online for the first time in 65 years! No need to fly to NY! Join our parallel workshop!

The 2021 (growing) Line Up of Women Leader Speakers

Audrey Kitagawa
Clare DuBois
Karambu Ringera
Osprey Orielle Lake
Jean
Shinoda Bolen
Pam Rinjpat
Nina Simons

Beverly Hill

Great Grandmother
Mary Lyons
Auntie Tina Calderon

This 2 session workshop begins on Friday, Feb 26th and continues on Friday, March 6th.

 

We will be cultivating skills in a natural sequence to call a circle of friends and colleagues to organize one another, based on passions and responsibilities, utilizing sacred geometry as a template.

Special Early Bird and Membership Discounts Available. 

 

Our 2020 Calls

 

Overview of The General Congress of Women

Introductory Call August 
October Call 

Our Inaugural Launch Call- September

See our speakers bios below

November Call 
December 21st Call 

Our Inaugural Launch Speakers

  Karambu Ringera, PhD

Founder of

International Peace Initiatives

Clare DuBois

Earth Loving Entrepreneur 

Founder and CEO of TreeSisters

Pam Rajput, PhD

Women's Rights Activist 

Women's Parliament of India

Grandmother Flordemayo. 

Founding member of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, healer of divine spirit. founder of The Path

Dr. Riane Eisler
Social systems scientist, Author, Cultural Historian, Attorney and Founder of The Center For Partnership Studies
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD
Author, Jungian Analyst, Women's Activist, 5WCW and Founder of Millionth Circle

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