Women Empowering Women Initiative: Off to a great start!


Women Empowering Women launched back in March of 2018. Interested members have since then held two successful meetings resulting in the formalization of our committee and we established the following vision and mission statement:  

Vision: WEW will address current challenges women face, enhance lifestyle support for women, and support the longer-term success of women within the RPCV/w community. In pursuing these goals, WEW will promote monthly events and discussions that combine participation and greater unity. WEW will cover areas such as, but not limited to: wellness, mentorship and gender equality.

Mission: To facilitate spaces, opportunities, and resources to empower and support RPCVwomen and the DC community


Women Empowering Women is excited to collaborate and continue driving our vision. For example, we established a partnership with Calvary Women’s Services in an effort to empower women within the DC community. Currently we have committed to serving a meal to 45+ women monthly and hope to develop volunteer involvement. Additionally, Alle Kamela our wellness warrior has kicked off by providing free yoga classes to our community. Keep an eye out! Alle will be providing wellness tips in the RPCV/w newsletter as well. 

Meet Alle –

I'm Alle and I’m an RPCV Madagascar 2013-2015. As the new Wellness Coordinator for the Women Empowering Women (WEW) Committee, I’ll be bringing you more events and tips for conscientious living throughout the year. The next free yoga and meditation class is on Saturday, June 2nd at 2 pm! 

Mental Health Matters

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? While this topic can still be a bit difficult to talk about, it is important. The number of young people experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression are increasing at alarming rates in the US. 

Here’s a few quick tips for improving your mental health:

  • For me, exercise is key, whether that be walking, yoga or biking, it is all very helpful for our mental health. Physical movement helps me clear my mind and get out of my head. 
  • I recommend getting 8+ hours of sleep at night. I find I’m much more likely to have a stable mood and be more in control (of my emotions) when I sleep well. 
  • Next, diet, meaning what foods you put into your body, is key. For me, that means eating a lot of greens and homecooked meals.  
  • Lastly, mindfulness can be so helpful. I recommend trying any kind of yoga or mindfulness practice to help you get back to the slow, mindful life you once lived as a PCV. I have the “Calm app” which has a lot of guided meditations.

We will meet on the second Monday of each month at 7pm. Contact [email protected] if you would like to join our conversation and get involved!

Contact: Laura Casas

Chair, Women Empowering Women

[email protected]