Women for Human Rights and Dignity Celebrates 30 Years

Buffalo, NY – This month, Women for Human Rights and Dignity celebrates thirty years of helping women rebuild their lives. But the work isn't done. The organization holds its annual luncheon and forum later this month with an agenda to bring hope to underprivileged women in today's economy.

When Women for Human Rights and Dignity was formed thirty years ago, its founder Constance Eve knew that single moms and incarcerated women faced extra challenges - poverty, mental illness, lack of education - to name a few. And Eve knew they would need extra hope to cope with those challenges.

She said that means providing resources, such as housing and alternatives to incarceration. The organization provides both, as well as a myriad of other services. But Eve says what these struggling women perhaps need most is encouragement.

Eve said our new First Lady is a tremendous example of the power one woman can have to touch the life of another woman or child. But Eve said she is not surprised by how warmly Michelle Obama has been received by people, especially young women and children.

She said Michelle Obama's life itself is inspiration. But Eve said when Mrs. Obama tells her story to encourage young women, she tells it with equal portions of hope and reality.

"Nothing came to her just out of the sky," said Eve. "She worked very hard and accessed all the opportunity that was given her and that's what we have to encourage girls and young women to do."

Eve said the focus for their organization going forward will be prevention.

Speakers and guests at the annual forum will work to develop some strategies that will help women and girls avoid pitfalls, and cope with challenges to build better lives.

The public is invited to sign up for the full-day forum that will also feature entertainment to celebrate the 30th anniversary. The event is on Saturday, April 25 at the Millenium Hotel in Cheektowaga.

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