National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum

Starting Date: 09-14-2006

Los Angeles, California
United States

To commemorate our 10-year anniversary, NAPAWF is planning a three-day gathering that will bring together Asian Pacific American (APA) women and allies from across the country to recognize our community activists, learn more about issues we face and shape a national action agenda.

In 1996, following the U.N. World Conference on Women in 1995 in Beijing, China, over 150 APA women met in Los Angeles to create a national organization to address the concerns and increase the rights of APA women and girls. NAPAWF is the country’s only national, multi-issue APA women’s advocacy organization.

Ten years later, NAPAWF returns to Los Angeles with “Advancing APA Women’s Rights: A Decade of Building Power, Justice & Community” – to continue and celebrate the many years of hard work, passion and determination by APA women!

* Thursday, September 14th: Membership Meeting

Opening with our fifth national membership meeting, the gathering will convene NAPAWF members to discuss and set priorities for NAPAWF’s national agenda for action; share chapter projects, advocacy efforts and membership development strategies; and gain skills and knowledge via intensive advocacy training. Even if you have not been an active member but would like to become more involved, we encourage you to attend the membership meeting to participate in trainings and learn about the exciting activities and advocacy efforts taking place across the country. For more details, please see the membership meeting schedule.

* Friday, September 15th: In-depth Advocacy Sessions

Participants will engage with panels of experts to create and recommend policy and community-action strategies on one of four key issues impacting APA women: human trafficking, ending violence against women, immigrant rights and reproductive justice. Participants will be asked to choose one of four rubrics and remain in the rubric for the entire day. Both experts in the field and those new to the area are encouraged to attend. The rubrics are an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the issue from an APA women’s perspective; learn about the more nuanced challenges and discussion in the field; have ample time for meaningful discussion and input from participants; and provide ideas and strategies for how to move our advocacy work forward. For more details, please see the conference schedule.

* Saturday, September 16th: Workshops

On Saturday, a variety of workshops, films, panel discussions and trainings will emphasize the broad range of issues impacting APA women – and opportunities for action. Workshops will range from improving our skills as advocates and organizers and engaging in talk story around identity to leading a more balanced life as an activist and watching compelling films on community activists. Workshops will be presented by individuals who have submitted workshop proposals. For more details, please see the conference schedule.

Saturday, September 16th Dinner and Awards Celebration

NAPAWF will host its first Fierce Sisters Dinner and Awards Celebration. The program will recognize the amazing contributions of individuals and groups who have committed their time and energy to the struggles of the APA women’s community, as well as commemorate intergenerational activism. It will be an opportunity for us to honor the women in our lives who have greatly influenced our activism and commitment to social justice. There will be a silent auction before the dinner to support our fundraising efforts.

Your sponsorship and attendance at the Anniversary Dinner and Awards Celebration will contribute to NAPAWF’s mission. Your sponsorship will also support travel scholarships for those who cannot otherwise attend our trainings and gatherings. For sponsorship opportunities please click here (For-Profit Sponsorship, Non-Profit Sponsorship).
API Women’s Marketplace

Throughout the three days of the Gathering there will be an opportunity to buy and sell unique items by amazing API artists. Come prepared to buy handmade gifts, NAPAWF paraphernalia, beautiful jewelry and arts and crafts. For information on selling your wares at the Gathering, please click here.

The 10-year Anniversary Gathering and Awards Dinner will be held at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, CA. LMU is deeply committed to social justice and ethical values and welcomes to its stunning campus in the heart of Southern California students from all spiritual, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.

A limited number of rooms with a special discounted group rate ($59 a night) have been reserved at the Hacienda Hotel for Gathering participants. The Hacienda Hotel is a warm and quaint hotel located one mile south of the Los Angeles International Airport and less than 5 miles from the LMU campus. The Hacienda Hotel offers free 24-hour shuttle service from the LAX Airport to the Hotel.

Please make your reservations by August 14, 2006 by calling (800) 421- 5900 and mention that you are with NAPAWF. Reservations made after August 14 will not have the guaranteed discounted room rate. For more information about the hotel, visit their website at

The Gathering registration fee includes breakfast and lunch and conference materials. The Awards Dinner is a separate event and is not included in the fee; however, Gathering attendees receive a 50% discount to the awards dinner!

Early registration ends August 18, 2006. The fee for NAPAWF members is $100, with a special non-profit rate of $60 and a student rate of $40. The Gathering registration fee for non-members is $150. Non-members may also sign up for membership at a discounted rate. One day rates are ½ the cost of the designated rates. Please see the registration form for fees after August 18th.

There are limited partial scholarships available. Please fill out the scholarship application and return to our conference coordinator (address included in the form). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

***Please note that some of the registration fees do not cover the total cost of the Gathering. If you are able to contribute to our scholarship fund for those who may not otherwise be able to attend, your contribution would be greatly appreciated. See registration form for details.

The Fierce Sister Awards Dinner is an additional $50 for those already attending the gathering. The cost of attending the Awards Dinner alone is $100 a ticket.

Please send registration forms and payment to:

NAPAWF, 1050 17th Street, N.W., Ste 250, Washington, DC 20036

Fax: (202) 293-4507

Note: Payment can be made either via check/money order (payable to NAPAWF/Tides Center) or through our website by clicking on the Donate Now button. If you are paying via our website, please mark the amount or if you cannot find the appropriate amount listed, please click "other" and indicate the exact amount of payment. There is a $25 fee for returned checks.

We urge you to register early and make your reservations as soon as possible to enjoy the discounted room rate and the gathering’s early registration fee.
Geographical Scope: National

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