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Women & Power
Speeches from the 2004 Women & Power Conference
The following keynote speeches were delivered at the 3rd Annual Women & Power Conference, organized by Omega Institute and V-Day in September 2004. To order the CDs of these speeches or to purchase other CDs from this event and from other Women and Power conferences [2003-2005], please click here. At that link you can also purchase recordings of separate workshops given by Women and Power faculty at Omega: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Iyanla Vanzant, and others! Note: A DVD is available for Women and Power 2005 as well as an audio recording.
Women & Power 2005: The 4th Annual Women & Power Conference took place on September 9-11, 2005 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Click here for more details about Women & Power 2005. We will also be featuring transcripts of speeches from that inspiring conference in the coming months, so check back soon!
Women, Power & Peace 2007: The 5th Women & Power Conference will take place on September 14-16, 2007 at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Click here for more details about Women, Power & Peace 2007.
Women & Power 2004 took place on September 10-13, 2004 at the Sheraton New York Hotel in New York City. From the Women & Power 2004 promotional materials: "For the past two years, Omega and V-Day have been holding a unique gathering for women who want to redefine power and lead us toward a sane, sustainable, and soulful culture. In 2004, we gather again to consider what it means to be a woman of power. It is not enough for women to merely develop self-empowerment, or to enter the workplace, or to assume leadership roles. It is our time to lead, but we must lead from our core female values and deepest wisdom. Join us for three days of provocative discussions, keynote talks, panels, interviews, performances, and workshops."
The Following are Transcripts of Keynote Talks from the 2004 Women & Power Conference with:
- JANE FONDA, Academy Award-winning actor, social activist
The New Feminism: Reuniting the Head, the Heart & the Body
- GLORIA STEINEM, activist, author, founder of Ms. Foundation for Women
Leaps of Consciousness
- SISTER JOAN CHITTISTER, Benedictine sister, author, theologian, social psychologist
Women, Power & Peace
- JOHNNETTA COLE, 14th president of Bennett College, President emerita of Spelman College
The Power of Diversity
- IYANLA VANZANT, lawyer, counselor, author of five New York Times best-sellers
This is About YOU!
- MARION WOODMAN, best-selling author, Jungian analyst
Omega Institute is the nation's largest holistic education provider, highly regarded for its pioneering work in holistic health, meditation, yoga, transformational psychology, bodywork, spirituality, world music, and art. Founded in 1977, Omega fulfills its mission to provide learning environments that awaken the best in the human spirit through its broad-based curriculum and unique community spirit. www.eomega.org
V-Day, an international movement, distributes funds to grassroots, national, and international organizations that work to end violence against women and girls. In its first seven years, the V-Day movement has raised more than $25 million. Recent events include Confronting Violence, a conference of South Asian women leaders in India; the 2004 International March on Juarez, Mexico, with Amnesty International, to honor the missing and murdered women; the documentary Until The Violence Stops; V-Day delegation trips to Israel, Palestine, Egypt, and Jordan; the Afghan Women's Summit; the Stop Rape Contest; and the Indian Country Project; as well as the ongoing presentation by local activists and college students of V-Day benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues. In February March 2004, more than 2,300 V-Day benefits took place in 1100 communities around the world. www.vday.org