• How to Vote in the Swedish Elections

    How to Vote in the Swedish Elections

    In case you hadn’t picked up on it, there is a major election in Sweden next month. If you’re eligible to vote you don’t have to register. Your voting papers will come to you in the mail. Follow the instructions and join the 87% of voters in Sweden who actually vote. Impressive!

    If you’re eligible to vote in Sweden but will be away (like me), here’s a link to how and where you can vote in the US,

    along with a link to a resource to help you figure out who to vote for. Question: Are any Swedish politicians pictured in the screenshot, lol? I really have to do my research. #swedishelections2022

    So I’ve taken the quiz and will study my results, check them twice and finish listening to the debate on expressen.se. Lyka till getting it done!

  • How did I miss #SwedenGate?

    How did I miss #SwedenGate?

    Sweden has excellent PR. At least that was my conclusion after moving there in 2006. The first thing you do is wonder where are all the beautiful people? I also concluded that they get sent out around the world so the world thinks that Sweden is full of beautiful people. It’s not just the image of the beautiful Swede but of the open and equal society, the high taxes, the Scandinavian design, and the work-life balance. There are lots of times I think, “Wow” about Sweden whether good or bad.

    So, how did I miss #Swedengate? It didn’t register until today, I saw that Lola Akinmade Åkerström had written an article about the controversy 12 days ago for the NY Times of all publications. I’m thinking, why would the NY Times care about #Swedengate? What happened?

    A Social Media Takedown Is a Blessingin Disguise for Sweden

    Thus, a moment of lighthearted cultural banter created an opening for a bitter, xenophobic backlash. I watched this unfold in real time with a feeling of inevitability. I had seen this squall coming from a mile away.

    Lola Akinmade Åkerström

    In a nutshell, a social media post about a childhood experience in Sweden turned into a global discussion about everything that is wrong with Sweden. Start with reading Lola’s article above and dive in here for much, much, much, more, lol.

  • Meeting Michelle Obama

    Meeting Michelle Obama

    With 2 of my 4 fellow #WhenWeAllVote #CultureOfDemocracy Volunteer Award Nominees, Becki Sameroff Robinson, Jenalla, and Founder #MichelleObama .

    So happy to have met these three amazing women. Do we look happy? #overseasvoters #AlabamaVoters #CaliforniaVoters #whenweallvote

  • Culture of Democracy Awards

    Culture of Democracy Awards

    I’m honored to be on this inaugural list. Thank you When We All Vote! We can’t say enough about the role dedicated volunteers play in shaping our democracy 🧑‍🤝‍🧑 That’s why we’re proud to announce the #CultureOfDemocracy Award nominees for outstanding volunteer leaders.

    The Culture of Democracy Awards will honor brands, sports teams, volunteers, companies and more at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit in Los Angeles

    (Washington, DC): Today, When We All Vote announced nominees for the first Culture of Democracy Awards. The winners will be announced at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit June 10th-13th in Los Angeles California. The Summit will bring together industry leaders across sectors for a national conversation about protecting and expanding democracy ahead of the midterms and include an in-person keynote speech from When We All Vote Co-Chair and Founder Michelle Obama. 

    On Monday, June 13th the full day in-person Culture of Democracy Summit will begin at 9 a.m. PT at the Banc of California stadium culminating with the awards ceremony and Mrs. Obama’s keynote speech that evening. This all day event will include on-site activations, food and an after party for attendees.  

    The Culture of Democracy Awards recognizes leaders across industries and communities doing critical work to strengthen and protect democracy through voter registration, mobilization and culture change. The awards will be designed by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums. The full list of Culture of Democracy Award nominees is below:

    Grassroots Organizations: Honoring When We All Vote partners working on the ground to mobilize voters at the state level

    • Alabama Forward
    • Black Voters Matter
    • Florida Rising
    • Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
    • Move Texas
    • Urban League of Philadelphia

    Community Partners: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding community partners

    • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
    • GirlTrek
    • Harness
    • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. 

    Volunteers: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding volunteer leaders

    • Adrianne, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Washington, DC
    • Becki, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in California
    • Jenalla, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Alabama
    • Lateshia, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Florida
    • Pat, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Mississippi 

    Sports: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding athletic partners

    • Atlanta Dream, WNBA
    • Bubba Wallace, NASCAR
    • Jayson Tatum, #MyStartingFive
    • Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
    • Sacramento Kings and RISE, NBA
    • Shaquille O’Neal, #MyStartingFive

    My School Votes: Honoring outstanding students and teachers for their participation in My School Votes

    • Chris, Educator at Midtown High School in Georgia
    • Ivory, Educator at Jonesboro High School in Georgia
    • Jeremiah, Student at Renaissance High School in Michigan
    • Meisha, Educator at Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania
    • Tiffany, Student at Elite Scholars Academy in Georgia
    • Tina, Educator at Stilwell School of the Arts in Georgia

    Music: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding music industry partners

    • Common
    • D-Nice
    • EarthGang
    • Fat Joe
    • Sony Music Group
    • Universal Music Group’s Task Force For Meaningful Change

    Entertainment: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding entertainment partners

    • Goldman Global Arts
    • Hamilton
    • Live Nation Urban
    • MTV Entertainment Studios
    • United Talent Agency Foundation

    Fashion and Beauty: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding fashion and beauty industry partners

    • Aurora James, Founder, Brother Vellies and Fifteen Percent Pledge
    • BYCHARI
    • Gap
    • Levi’s
    • Melody Ehsani

    Business Leaders: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding corporate partners

    • Glossier
    • Lime
    • Patagonia
    • Postmates

    Creative Alliance: Honoring marketing agencies using their expertise to help shape the culture around voting. 

    • Anomaly
    • Johannes Leonardo
    • Portal A
    • Rhythm
    • Village Marketing Agency, a Wunderman Thompson Company 

    Media: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding media partners

    • Baller Alert
    • BET 
    • POPSUGAR
    • The Shade Room 
    • Watch The Yard

    Tech and Platforms: Honoring outstanding technology and platform partners who enable voter education and mobilization

    • BallotReady
    • Change.org
    • Community 
    • Impactive 
    • Mobilize 
    • Snapchat 
    • Tumblr

    The virtual day of the Summit will be open to the press, and reporters interested in attending in-person on June 13th should email press@civicnation.org. A limited number of in-person press passes will be available. The Summit is being produced by Live Nation Urban and MKG, and ticketing is being supported by When We All Vote partner, Eventbrite. All Summit events, with the exception of a smaller gathering, will be held outside and all events will follow all CDC Covid-19 protocols. More announcements about speakers and the agenda are forthcoming. Tickets and more information are available here.

    ABOUT When We All Vote: 

    When We All Vote, an initiative of Civic Nation, is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.

    In 2020, When We All Vote ran a robust, multifaceted campaign and reached more than 100 million people to educate them about the voting process and get them registered and ready to vote. The initiative also led in voter education, registration, and volunteer engagement and as a result, 512,000 people started or completed the voter registration process, and nearly 500 media, corporate, and nonprofit partners joined its efforts.

    Michelle Obama launched When We All Vote in 2018 and is joined by fellow Co-Chairs Stephen Curry, Becky G, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Liza Koshy, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington and Rita Wilson.

    When We All Vote is a key initiative within Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and works with Civic Nation Action, a 501(c)(4). These organizations are homes for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation.

    ABOUT Civic Nation:

    Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation. Civic Nation empowers and educates individuals, companies, institutions and organizations to drive culture, systems, and policy change, working towards a more inclusive and equitable America. Seven initiatives are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, United State of Women, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, End Rape On Campus, It’s On Us, Made to Save and We The Action. Learn more.

    Get your 🎟️ at https://whenweallvote.org/democracy-summit-in-la/

  • Recap: Stockholm Beauty Week Day 2

    Recap: Stockholm Beauty Week Day 2

    Sigh. All good things come to an end, well at least for this year. Day 2 of Stockholm Beauty Week 2022 did not disappoint. On Day 1, I got to run around like a crazy woman by myself. I saw friends, and familiar vendors, and was introduced to a slew of other products, and treatments.

    One highlight of Day 2 was sharing the joy with my buddy. She got a massage, a face scan, tested products, and visited some of my favorite vendors with me. I had to leave her there and catch a train back home and I hope she was able to stay until the very end.

    I’ll make a 3rd post about Stockholm Beauty Week 2022 showing what is included in my press bags. I struck gold! And just like in 2019 after my first visit to Stockholm Beauty Week, I’m already looking forward to attending next year. Visit the Stockholm Beauty Week 2022 website to learn about the vendors.

    Take 5 minutes to visit Day 2 with me by viewing my video below or from this link.

  • Concert for Peace & the Planet

    Concert for Peace & the Planet
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  • Stockholm Beauty Week Day 1 Recap

    Stockholm Beauty Week Day 1 Recap

    In less than 20 minutes you can relive Day 1 of Stockholm Beauty Week with me. I’ve missed it so as I was unable to attend last year. So. Much. Fun. So. Much. Joy. So. Many. Products. Watch the video from this link: https://youtu.be/XOPfQDTYLAk #stockholmbeautyweek

    You’re not going to want to miss 2023! Visit Stockholm Beauty Week‘s website to learn about the vendors and their products.

  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Women’s Wellness Initiative in Sweden

    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Women’s Wellness Initiative in Sweden
    You are invited to share our flyer above with your network, family, and friends.

    My name is Soror Lind. I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Welcome to the information page for the Women’s Wellness Initiative I am running in Sweden. I am a military wife and a member of our Sorority’s Military Initiatives Ad Hoc Committee Task Force. I am the lead for coordinating and maintaining contact with our active duty and retired Sorors and military family outside of the United States.

    Since joining our illustrious Sorority in 2020, this is my first international service project. I chose Women’s and Girls Shelters across Sweden that serve domestic abuse victims. Why is this important? Here are some facts from the World Health Organization.

    Violence against women

    Key facts – Here is the source and link for more information.
    • Violence against women – particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence – is a major public health problem and a violation of women’s human rights.
    • Estimates published by WHO indicate that globally about 1 in 3 (30%) of women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
    • Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one-third (27%) of women aged 15-49 years who have been in a relationship report that they have been subjected to some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
    • Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health, and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.
    • Violence against women is preventable. The health sector has an important role to play to provide comprehensive health care to women subjected to violence, and as an entry point for referring women to other support services, they may need.

    Additional shelters to support may be added. Some shelters provide housing, while others offer different services. You are able to choose which shelter you want to support by either donating hygiene articles. Choose Cecilia Heikkinen’s Gift Registry Address for delivery. Or donate money directly to the shelter.

    In Sweden, women’s and girls’ shelters are organized by Roks.

    Roks.se

    Roks, the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters in Sweden, is the largest member organization for women’s shelters and young women’s shelters in the country. Roks aims at safeguarding the common interests of the shelters in their work against male violence toward women.

    Roks strives to shape public opinion, and actively works to make the public aware of the reality that the shelters face, as well as to conduct outward dialogues around the issues concerning the shelters. There are currently around 100 women’s and young women’s shelters within the organization.

    Roks is a feministic organization working on the rights of women and young women’s rights and liberation, as well as equality on all levels. 
     

    The Women’s Shelters

    Each shelter is independent with its own working methods. However, what all the shelters have in common is an emergency helpline where women and young women can call if they need support. All callers can choose to remain anonymous should they so wish, and no one is registered.

    The women’s shelters offer support based on the individual needs and wishes of each woman. Perhaps she needs to talk about her situation and her current relationship. She might even need advice about a police report or a custody dispute. It could also be about being the victim of sexual abuse, either recently or several years ago. The women working at the shelters provide conversational support and advice and can also go along as support when visiting the police, lawyers, and social services for example. Many shelters also offer sheltered housing for women and their children.

    A number of shelters also have a separate legal hotline. Some shelters have text telephones to cater to women with impaired hearing. Other shelters specialize in receiving adults subjected to incest.

    Find a Women’s shelter here.
     

    The Young Women’s Shelters

    There are approximately 30 young women’s shelters within Roks, of which around ten are independent organizations. The young women’s shelters work in much the same way as the women’s shelters but turn to younger women who, for example, have been subjected to threats, ill-treatment, and sexual abuse, or, for some other reason, need to talk to another girl. They also actively work towards making the public aware of the girls’ living conditions. The Young Women’s shelters have their own website at www.rokstjejjourer.se

    How you can help regardless of your geographical location

    If you are reading this, you may be in a position to help. Below, you are able to learn more about the shelters we are supporting.

    You can read more about my Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho’s Women’s Wellness Initiative from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWISE

    You can donate directly to the shelter you would like to support. Those details are below.

    You can purchase hygiene articles from Amazon from our list to be delivered to the shelter from this link: bit.ly/MIAHWWI2. Choose Cecilia Heikkinen’s Gift Registry Address for delivery.

    If you are familiar with a women’s or girls’ shelter in Sweden we have yet to work with, please share this page with them and email me via adrianne.georgelind (at) sgrhoneregion.org. I am super happy to add them to our list if they accept our help.

    Motala Kvinnojour is a non-partisan and non-religious non-profit association that works for a society free from men’s violence and oppression. The on-call service consists of a board, two full-time on-call women, and non-voluntary on-call women. Motala Kvinnojour’s mission is to be a refuge from violence by offering unconditional support for women and children. If you are in Sweden, you can make a cash donation: Swish 123 0298117 Bangiro: 439-6107. Please note SGRHO.
    Alla Kvinnors Hus is a non-profit association that is religiously and politically independent. Our way of working is based on help for self-help. We do not register anyone; you can be anonymous and we have a vow of secrecy. We listen, give advice and support and support you in what you want to do. Alla Kvinnors Hus offers, among other things: Help and support if you are exposed to threats or abuse in any form Sheltered housing for those who have to flee your home Support calls and advice Self-help groups for women who have been abused, incest, and sexually abused Support for contact with authorities Education on men’s violence against women Study circles Information to other associations, police, social services and more. If you are in Sweden, you can make a cash donation: Bankgiro 5614-8190 Swish 123 149 81 46. Please note SGRHO.
    The Women’s Association against Violence in Karlskoga / Degerfors works against men’s violence against women, girls, and children. We run sheltered housing, open support activities, and dissemination of information in our area. The activity is aimed at anyone who defines themselves as girls or women. Purchase hygiene articles from our Amazon list for direct delivery bit.ly/MIAHWWI2. Choose Cecilia Heikkinen’s Gift Registry Address for delivery. Or if you are in Sweden you can make a cash donation: Swish  1230927590 or Bankgiro 5115-3930. Please note SGRHO.
    Stockholm’s girls ‘shelter is Sweden’s first girls’ shelter with 25 years of experience in supporting and strengthening girls and young women. We are a non-profit feminist association that is politically and religiously independent. The purpose of the association is to support and strengthen girls and young women and reduce repeated vulnerability. To us, anyone who defines themselves as girls and young women between the ages of 10-30 from all over the country can turn to us for support and help. We are available via email, chat, or phone. If you are in Sweden you can make a cash donation: Swish 123 5622 527 Please note SGRHO.
    The association Kvinnohuset Västerås consists of a women’s shelter, a girls’ shelter, and an open, outward-looking business. The women’s shelter and the girls’ shelter work with direct support for girls and women exposed to violence and their children. In the open, outward-looking activities, we work to shed light on men’s violence against women and power balances from different perspectives. We do this with the help of the association’s collective experience of meeting vulnerable girls, women, and their children. We work to highlight women in culture, for example by inviting female writers and musicians. The association also works actively to invite researchers and debaters in the field. If you are in Sweden you can make a cash donation: Swish 123 419 6762 Please note SGRHO.

    Thank you! or tack as we say here in Sweden.

    Thank you for choosing to support women, their children, and girls that seek help when they are in a domestic violence situation. Every bit helps the women’s and girls’ shelters serve them and us. I will update this page with donation totals.

    Soror Lind

  • Solidarity between Sweden and the UK

    Solidarity between Sweden and the UK

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  • Lollapalooza Stockholm Strikes Again!

    Lollapalooza Stockholm Strikes Again!

    Lollapalooza Stockholm is the seventh Lollapalooza in the world and is the only one in the Nordics. The world-class international festival is in the heart of Stockholm, just by the water at beautiful Gärdet. For the first Lollapalooza Stockholm, we had over 56 000 fans from all over the world – all a part of the Lolla Family. Join us in 2022 for the second edition of Lolla Stockholm, and three days of Swedish summer magic!

    Get your tickets now.

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