Hope Rising Event 2020
For the past eight years, SOHO has hosted a GAME CHANGERS Forum bringing together leaders from two continents to discuss how to put an end to the international pandemic of gender-based violence against women and girls affecting one third the global female population. On the heels of the UN inspired 16 Days of Activism, some of our Game Changers and Trail Blazers who were honored by SOHO at our annual Gala will participate in a discussion on how each of us can fuel the hope that is rising in the lives of those affected.

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Christina Hale – former Indiana State Representative and Human Trafficking Advocate

Christina is well known throughout Indiana as a dedicated public servant. She served for four years as state representative from Indianapolis and was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2016. A major accomplishment during her public service was her drive for legislative action to curb human trafficking. Christina spent eight years with Kiwanis International, serving as director of executive and board services, lead area director for Europe and Asia Pacific, and chief communications officer. She also served as President and CEO of Leadership Indianapolis.

A Purdue University graduate, Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter in Northern Indiana, then worked in state government for the Indiana Department of Commerce and the governor’s office. She is a well-known advocate for prevention of abuse of women and girls and an articulate speaker on these social issues.

Christina Hale – former Indiana State Representative and Human Trafficking Advocate

Christina is well known throughout Indiana as a dedicated public servant. She served for four years as state representative from Indianapolis and was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2016. A major accomplishment during her public service was her drive for legislative action to curb human trafficking. Christina spent eight years with Kiwanis International, serving as director of executive and board services, lead area director for Europe and Asia Pacific, and chief communications officer. She also served as President and CEO of Leadership Indianapolis.

A Purdue University graduate, Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter in Northern Indiana, then worked in state government for the Indiana Department of Commerce and the governor’s office. She is a well-known advocate for prevention of abuse of women and girls and an articulate speaker on these social issues.

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Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Princess of Africa and UN Ambassador

Yvonne is an internationally recognized South African singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” because of the continent wide impact of her music, she is also a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has also established her own charity, The Princess of Africa Foundation, using the name first given to her in Uganda. The Princess of Africa Foundation is a partner of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Yvonne is a strong advocate for education of women and girls, and against gender-based violence that affects one in three women in South Africa.

Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu

As the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Canon Naomi has sought to blaze her own trail in the world. The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of her life as an activist for human rights. Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to a program coordinator for race and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Canon Naomi Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford and Brevard College in North Carolina. She also leads workshops on conflict resolution and racism.

Dawn Minott – United Nations Population Fund, Expert on Gender-Based Violence

Dawn Minott is an author, a poet, motivational speaker who has written and published on various issues, preached and made presentations in various churches and forums throughout the Caribbean, Africa and North America. With over 15 years of experience with the United Nations as a social development specialist, Dawn’s work spans the empowerment of women and girls and young people; and, in identifying and managing programs that respond to social, development and health problems that affect society. Her work specializes in addressing gender equality and gender-based violence. When she is not working, Dawn relaxes to music and writes. She loves to travel, volunteer and to work out.

Gail Masondo – Chaplain, International Speaker, Counsellor & Life in Recovery Coach

A New York native, who is best described as a conduit to healing and empowering women. With a background in Behavioral Sciences and Psychology, she has served in the “mission field of life.” As a Recovery Coach Expert, she has addressed social issues including gender-based abuse, and human trafficking. As a Counsellor and Chaplain, Gail has met with leaders of different faiths while mobilizing efforts within the faith community to affect the lives of women and youth. Currently, she chairs SOZO, a non-profit ministry that provides safe spaces for professional women experiencing the initial trauma of physical and emotional abuse.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka – Princess of Africa and UN Ambassador

Yvonne is an internationally recognized South African singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher. Dubbed the “Princess of Africa” because of the continent wide impact of her music, she is also a champion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria and the United Nations MDG Envoy for Africa. She was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund, and has also established her own charity, The Princess of Africa Foundation, using the name first given to her in Uganda. The Princess of Africa Foundation is a partner of the ACTION global health advocacy partnership. In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award. Yvonne is a strong advocate for education of women and girls, and against gender-based violence that affects one in three women in South Africa.

Canon Nontombi Naomi Tutu

As the daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Canon Naomi Tutu has sought to blaze her own trail in the world. The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of her life as an activist for human rights. Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa, to a program coordinator for race and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition, Canon Naomi Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford and Brevard College in North Carolina. She also leads workshops on conflict resolution and racism.

Dawn Minott – United Nations Population Fund, Expert on Gender-Based Violence

Dawn Minott is an author, a poet, motivational speaker who has written and published on various issues, preached and made presentations in various churches and forums throughout the Caribbean, Africa and North America. With over 15 years of experience with the United Nations as a social development specialist, Dawn’s work spans the empowerment of women and girls and young people; and, in identifying and managing programs that respond to social, development and health problems that affect society. Her work specializes in addressing gender equality and gender-based violence. When she is not working, Dawn relaxes to music and writes. She loves to travel, volunteer and to work out.

Gail Masondo – Chaplain, International Speaker, Counsellor & Life in Recovery Coach

A New York native, who is best described as a conduit to healing and empowering women. With a background in Behavioral Sciences and Psychology, she has served in the “mission field of life.” As a Recovery Coach Expert, she has addressed social issues including gender-based abuse, and human trafficking. As a Counsellor and Chaplain, Gail has met with leaders of different faiths while mobilizing efforts within the faith community to affect the lives of women and youth. Currently, she chairs SOZO, a non-profit ministry that provides safe spaces for professional women experiencing the initial trauma of physical and emotional abuse.

Special Feature

Three Swazi Ambassadors will share their story of victory over tragedy

Hlengiwe Mavuso

Sandra Nomathemba Mtembu

Phindile Mavuso

Tuesday, December 15

12:00 Noon USA EST – 9:00am Pacific Time – 7:00pm South Africa

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