Point of View (POV) Breakfasts

The Family of Woman Film Festival presented its inaugural Point of View (POV) Breakfast sessions in 2015.  This feature was created to give donors of $500 and above an opportunity to engage in informal conversations with unique leaders, who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.

Suzanne Bowles
Suzanne Bowles
Naima Dido
Naima Dido

POV BREAKFAST SPEAKER:

SUZANNE BOWLES, HEAD OF GLOBAL MOBILIZATION TEAM, TOSTAN.

The POV breakfast series talks and presentations will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Knob Hill Inn for donors $500 and above. The second speaker will be announced , and exact dates set.

Tostan, which means “breakthrough” in the Wolof language, has become a leading model for community-led change, implemented in 22 languages across six African countries: Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. More than two million lives have been impacted since its founding in 1991. Participants share their knowledge of human rights and responsibilities to interconnected groups and social networks. Through this method, communities in the Tostan network have chosen to abandon female genital mutilation (FGM) and other harmful practices. More than half of the participants are women. Bowles POV presentation will focus on Tostan’s role ending FGM.

Bowles has a degree in Politics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, and is a graduate of the Tools for Change/Building Sustainable Local Economies at the E.F. Schumacher Society. She has presented at many international gatherings, such as the 2018 Girls Not Brides Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the 2017 Skoll Forum Ecosystem event on community driven development, and as a featured speaker at the 2012 Economic Democracy Conference in Madison Wisconsin on practicing models for alternative economic development.

Bowles will be joined by Naima Dido. Dido was born in Nairobi, Kenya, shortly after her parents fled there from Ethiopia as political refugees. A survivor of FGM herself, she has more than 20 years experience working with underprivileged refugee communities in the U.S. and Africa, and holds a BS in International Business. tostan.org