Raising Awareness for Health and Education Issues Impacting Girls and Women: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to Host National Global Impact Day Forum

Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 --(PR.com)-- On April 12, 2019, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will engage chapters worldwide in global service activities to commemorate National Global Impact Day. Xi Omega Chapter of Washington, DC will host Pathways to Empowerment, a free and open to the public forum designed to raise awareness of education and health challenges faced by women and girls in West Africa and homeless women in Washington, DC.

Access to feminine care products is both a local and international issue. According to UNESCO, an estimated one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss a week per month of school because they lack access to sanitary products and facilities. Homeless women and girls in the District of Columbia face similar challenges.

“This forum is an educational opportunity for the community to learn about challenges women face around the world. It’s also an opportunity for participants to empower women in need by donating school supplies and feminine hygiene products that will be delivered to rural school districts in Ghana, to women in Liberia, and to homeless shelters in the District of Columbia,” said April Gaines-Jernigan, Xi Omega President.

Pathways to Empowerment will take place on Friday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. at Xi Omega Center. Among the speakers are Coretta Johnson, Head Facilitator of #HappyPeriodDC; Sue Marshall, Executive Director of the Community Partnership for Prevention of Homelessness and Dr. Kelly Taylor, senior research scientist for the Ghana portfolio at Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

This event is free, open to the public, and lunch will be provided. Individuals and groups interested in attending or donating feminine hygiene products or school supplies should visit akaxo.org/global-impact-day.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 300,000 members in 1,024 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and Dubai. Led by International President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, Ph.D, JD, CPA, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit aka1908.com.

Xi Omega Chapter is the oldest and largest graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Washington, DC. Established in 1923, the chapter has a membership of more than 500 professional women, who serve the District and surrounding communities. Xi Omega’s signature service programs focus on HBCU 4 Life: A Call to Action, Women's Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts, and Global Impact. These programs are the cornerstone of the AKA international theme, “Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.” For more information, visit akaxo.org.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Xi Omega Chapter
Breahna Blakely