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To me, Lena Yasutake truly represents an empowered and influential woman leader. After more than a year of service as the WFWP Connecticut Chairwoman, Lena will be moving on to other pursuits and projects. We would like to sincerely thank her for her tremendous contribution to WFWP in many areas of the organization. After representing WFWP USA at the WFWP International conference in Korea in 2014, Lena returned to Connecticut with a passionate drive to restart the chapter from scratch and she quickly inspired several other young women to join the leadership team. Together they conducted many successful and empowering events including two black-tie fundraisers for WFWP's Schools of Africa project. These evenings of food, music, and art were not only financial successes, but they brought tremendous awareness to the…
On Saturday evening, February 13th, 2016, the Connecticut Chapter of Women's Federation for World Peace held their annual benefit for the Schools of Africa project. It was a sensational evening at the University of Bridgeport School of Art and Design. It was a black-tie affair and included a silent auction with something to delight everyone there. There were several performances including African dances courtesy of the University of Bridgeport African Student Association and several traditional African songs performed by the children of Bridgeport Hope Elementary School. Guests were also treated to a fashion show of many vibrantly beautiful African dresses and matching headdresses, modeled by the students of the African Student Association and Bridgeport Hope School. WFWP Connecticut Chairwoman, Lena Yasutake, shared about the WFWFP USA-supported schools in Rwanda, Senegal,…

Health Tips Begin!

May 27th, 2015
On April 28 the Connecticut chapter gathered together at Leishas Bakeria for a monthly group wellness meeting. It started off with some light yoga followed by fresh green smoothies. Hanna Schmittat, WFWP member and aspiring naturopathic doctor currently studying at the University of Bridgeport, shared some clean holistic tips for women to relieve stress and gain lasting energy throughout the day. Something we all crave. There are some simple steps we can do to conserve energy. One simple solution is to schedule time for relaxation during the day. This is critical because sometimes it can seem like the whole world is weighing down on you, so it's important to take time out and relax. You can feel the difference in energy when you take time to do something that you…
We've come a long way since Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. Women of color, however, still face unique challenges. Prejudice is real. Race still creates division around the globe, and America is not immune. But the strides we have made as a nation toward freedom, opportunity, and equality simply would not have been possible without some amazing black women. They made important progress at a time in history when women were facing severe gender inequality and when black women faced the additional challenge of racism. Being a heroine does not mean being perfect. It means standing up in the face of adversity. It means not letting limitations define you. It means being determined and persevering in the face of obstacles and challenges. Here are…
If there were a simple term to describe Lena Yasutake it would have to be "powerhouse." A young mother of three small children, a recent graduate of the University of Bridgeport, a young-adult minister, and current chairwoman of WFWP's Connecticut chapter, Lena does not shy away from taking action and being a dynamic and efficacious role model in her community. I sat down with her over some coffee to talk about her experience so far as a WFWP chairwoman. Emily: I can imagine it was a hard decision to take on the role of chairwoman for WFWP as you're a mother, a full-time student, and a youth minister. What made you decide to take on that position? Lena: Actually, I didn't feel the need to take it on. What happened…
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