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Center for Community Solutions Announces International Leaders Photographed for “My Sister’s Voice” Exhibition

CCS Reveals Second Group of 40 Inspirational Women Photographed for June 6 Fundraising Reception

SAN DIEGO – April 2, 2014 – The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a San Diego nonprofit that provides prevention and intervention services for violence and abuse, introduces the second group of 10 women featured in the international photographic exhibition, “Notes to Our Sons and Daughters: My Sister’s Voice,” which will debut with a June 6 evening reception at San Diego’s Broadway Pier and Pavilion. These 10 subjects are making an impact on a global scale, while the first 10 subjects introduced are active in the arts and culture community.

• The photographic exhibition features several women who are leaders internationally, including a 2013 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Woman of Courage Award recipient Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, who has handled more than 2,000 cases of violations of women’s rights in Nigeria and currently heads the country’s Campaign for Democracy. A 2012 “Champion of Change” White House honoree, Fary Moini is an Iranian-born nurse who spearheaded the foundation of the Jalalabad Rotary School and educates women and girls and provides training to healthcare professionals in Afghanistan.
• Four of the exhibition’s subjects were named a “Woman PeaceMaker” by the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Rutuparna Mohanty, the fourth daughter of freedom-fighter followers of Mahatma Gandhi, is a human-rights lawyer, social activist and publisher of the weekly newspaper, Janani (“The Voice of Women”) in India. Rehana Hashmi leads Sisters Trust Pakistan, where she helps victims of domestic violence break free of religious fundamentalism and forced marriages. Sabiha Husić, a psychotherapist, Islamic theologian and interreligious peacebuilder, directs Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Medica Zenica, which provides psychosocial and medical support to women and children victims of war and post-war violence. Philister Baya Lawiri, chairperson of South Sudan’s Civil Service Commission, is a human-rights activist working to advance women’s engagement in the peace process.
• “My Sister’s Voice” also includes several women involved in improving healthcare, nutrition and special health services for women and girls internationally. Dorah Wanyana Dunigan is an activist helping girls stay in school in her native Uganda; she is also HIV-positive and training to become a doctor so she can help find a cure. Dr. Eunice Sanchez-Mata is an internal-medicine and pediatric physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego; she is also a staunch, international healthcare advocate and director of Friends & Family Community Connection’s medical program, which hosts mobile medical clinics in remote places and countries where there is little access. Elisa Sabatini serves as the executive director for Via International, a community development organization working on the US/Mexico border to strengthen community capacity in the areas of nutrition and ecology, microcredit, leadership and “voluntourism.” Hailing from Somalia, Amina Sheikh Mohamed manages the African American Campaign for UC San Diego’s Network for a Healthy California, which provides health and nutrition education to low-income African Americans.
• The multimedia exhibition features 40 evocative portraits of women from diverse generations and cultures, captured by renowned photographer Pablo Mason. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief video documentary and “note,” sharing a life lesson important enough to be passed on to the next generation, our “sons and daughters.” Additional photographic subjects will be announced soon.
• Meet the remarkable women at CCS’ June 6 evening reception. Reserve tickets online or by contacting Jennifer Lynaugh at or (858) 272-5777 ext. 151.

Verna Griffin-Tabor, Center for Community Solutions’ executive director and CEO
“The Center for Community Solutions is pleased to reveal more of the 40 photographic subjects from the book and multimedia project ‘My Sister’s Voice.’ These pioneering women are having an international impact on society, and we are honored to have them as part of our event.”
Alexis Dixon, Notes to Our Sons and Daughters’ project creator
“These 10 remarkable women, whose images are portrayed in ‘My Sister’s Voice’, are internationally acclaimed for their contributions and activism. I am proud to help amplify their voices though these powerful images, stories and events.”

Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that provides prevention and intervention services for sexual assault and relationship violence survivors. Founded in 1969, we have remained committed to solving the problems of violence and abuse, improving the lives of survivors and changing the social conditions that breed and tolerate their existence. We assist more than 11,000 San Diegans each year and operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego. For more information, visit

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