Tower Talks

Title: Tower Talks
Location: Tower’s Lobby, Vanguard Campus
Link out: Click here
Description: Students! Join us for the Tower Talks on Thursday April 4 at 8pm. The event is modeled after Ted Talks – short, powerful presentations connecting students to new, meaning ideas. Don’t miss the Dos Chinos Food Truck and time of fellowship after!
Start Time: 20:00
Date: 2013-04-04

Nigerian Women Against Violence – International Conference

Nigerian Women Against Violence (NWAV)

International Conference on Human Trafficking and Violence

Nigerian Women Against Violence
Nigerian Women Against Violence International Conference hosted by Global Center for Women Justice will be held 
May 22 -24 2013 at

55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Registration for this special event is $50.00 (does not include any meals)
Click Here to Register



The vision is to work together for a society without domestic violence, human trafficking, and violence against women through collaborative efforts that create long-term solutions moving the African nation to a peaceful, nonviolent society.


The conference brings together women from Nigeria and Kenya to the first international conference. With the increased violence, insecurity of armed conflict and human trafficking, there is no better time than now for women who are most vulnerable in violent situations, to join hands and play an active role in peace making, peace keeping and peace building.  The conference will brainstorm with policy makers and stake-holders in order to coming up with strategies to ensure lasting peace and stability in violence-prone societies.

Speakers Include: 


Sandie Morgan is Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, as well as professor of Women’s Studies, Family Violence, and Human Trafficking. Sandie is also director of a number of projects, granted by organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Assemblies of God General Council U.S. Missions office. She recently completed a grant for the British Council, which addressed violence against women in Northern Iraq through a partnership to integrate women’s studies at Duhok University. Before becoming full-time at Vanguard, she served as Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force in the battle against the modern slave trade. As a Registered Nurse, Sandie served on the Board of the International Nurses Association in Athens, Greece where she lived for ten years. It was there that she discovered human trafficking while doing a story for Lydia Living magazine and working on reducing violence against women. Sandie continues to serve as Founder/Director of the Lydia Today Foundation, and Live2Free, a youth mobilization initiative against slavery. Sandie guest lectures in universities, community groups, and churches, and is presently pursuing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Biola University. Her “Ending Human Trafficking” podcasts, which she records biweekly and are posted in iTunes, have a wide audience around the globe—from the Philippines to Brazil to Peru to Zambia. Sandie has been interviewed by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, LA Times, the OC METRO Business Magazine, the OC Register, KOCE – Real Orange, Today’s Christian Woman, and other media.


DR. (AMB) KAKA AHMED EL-YAKUB, (Ya Sudani) and (Mama Health)

An Astute Health Management & Health Research Consultant,  Respected Nurse/Midwife Tutor and Health Administrator

Dr. Kaka Ahmed EL-Yakub started her education in the early sixties at Yerwa Central Primary School, Maiduguri, and since then has been to one class room or the other in her quest for education and ways of helping others. She is a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Midwife (RM), and Registered Midwife Tutor (RMT).She is  also a holder of Diploma in Health and Social Services Administration (DHA), Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration(BSc) with specialization in health Administration, Masters in Health Planning and Management (MHPM) and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology and Social Policy and Anthropology in Health Studies with specialization in Medical Sociology and  traditional health practices .  Currently, she is the BOT Chair person of an NGO: Research into Culture and Reproductive Health for Sustainable Human Development (RECARDEV).And also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Part- Time Lecturer in the Departments of Political Science & Administration and Nursing Sciences all of University of Maiduguri. She is as well a Regional Consultant and gives consultancy services on health and health related issues  She got retired from the Borno State Civil Service as a Permanent Secretary in 2011 and served in various capacities before her retirement. She was the  Permanent Secretary Political and Cabinet Affairs, Governor’s Office from 2010- 2011, Permanent Secretary Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment from 2008-20010, Secretary Management and Welfare Services in the Office of the Head of Service from 2007- 2008, Secretary Health from 2006-2007, Director Planning Research and Statistics from 1996 -2005. She was the Director Social Welfare and Rehabilitation in the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development , Borno State from 1995 1996. She taught in the School of Midwifery, Maiduguri from 1985 -1995 and also had a clinical experience of working in the Eye Hospital from 1983 – 1984 as well worked in the Borno State Specialist Hospital from 1980 1983. Dr.(Mrs) Kaka EL-Yakub( Yasudani of Borno) is a member of several National and International bodies among which is the British Sociological Association, U.K.


Interested in Attending? Leave us a comment, and we will provide you with more information!
Open to all who would like to come learn more about the issues facing African women.


Hope International University Chapel event

Sandie Morgan will be speaking at Hope International University’s chapel on Thursday April 4 from 9:30-10:30 am, as a part of their Center for Public Leadership – focused on engaging students in political, societal, and justice issues.

When: Thursday April 4, 9:30-10:30 am
Where: Pacific Auditorium, 2500 E. Nutwood Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831


51: Reports from the Field – Networking and Building Community at Conferences [PODCAST]

How do you get the most of out a conference? GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board member Dave Stachowiak discuss how you can learn to be a voice is by attending conferences. A conference is an excellent place study the issue of human trafficking, as well as network with others who share the same goals. Building relationships is key in accomplishing what needs to be done, as Dave shared using Keith Ferrazzi book Never Eat Alone.

This podcast provides an overview of two main conferences Sandra spoke at this spring: Justice Matters Conference in Murrieta, CA, which was focused on building capacity for local church efforts, partnering with local/federal law enforcement, and identifying expertise and resources; and The Justice Conference in Philadelphia, PA that featured a University Forum, an opportunity for academic institutions to discuss building anti-human trafficking networks. Listen to Sandra’s summary of each conference, including key speakers and messages that provide you with the resources and information that you need to combat human trafficking and make a difference in your community.

Advice: Come early. Leave late. Talk to people. Networking is KEY!

Check out some of the difference resources from these conferences, and learn more about the organizations involved:

Never Eat Alone Podcast with Keith Ferrazzi

Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries

The Salvation Army USA

Treasures – Harmony Dust


One Day’s Wages

All Girls Allowed


Contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions:

(714) 966-6360

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Anuradha Bhosale – April 15

Anuradha Bhosale April 15


Join us for a special event featuring Anuradha Bhosale, a renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in the Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India where more than 35,000 children are involved in daily labor for local industries. A former child-laborer herself at the age of six, she has spent the past 20 years fighting for the prevention of child exploitation, labor, trafficking, and female infanticide.

Anuradha will be sharing about her work with the mothers of child-slaves. Through literacy education for the mothers, she has discovered ways to keep children off the streets. This special event is open to everyone, and will be hosted on the Vanguard University campus in the Heath Building, Room 100 at 7:30pm.

Fall 2013 Women’s Studies Minor Courses

Hey VU Students – Are you ready to plan your schedule for Fall 2013? Academic advising has arrived.

Here are courses you can take to minor in Women’s Studies:

  • WMST110 Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • ANTH/SOCI334 Gender, Culture, and Society
  • ANTH/SOCI343 Class, Race, Ethnicity & Gender
  • COMM374 Gender Communications
  • HIST360 Women in American History
  • OT470 Special Topic: Women in Early Israel
  • PSYC/SOCI/ANTH346 Human Sexuality
  • SOCI332 Marriage and the Family
  • SOCI345/PSYC344 Family Violence

Not a Women’s Studies minor? Come by our Heath office and talk to us about becoming a minor today!

50: Refuse to Do Nothing [PODCAST]

For the 50th Episode of the Ending Human Trafficking Podcast, GCWJ Director Sandra Morgan and Board member Dave Stachowiak interview Kimberly McOwen Yim, co-author of Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery about finding her place as an abolitionist. Similar to many of us, Yim once felt that she had little power to make a difference in modern-day slavery, yet when she realized the power she held through advocacy and relationships, she was able to help educate and influence others to get involve and make a difference. This influence doesn’t happen instantly, it can take two or three “touches” before someone begins to see that they too can have an impact on modern-day slavery. Yim suggests one of the best ways to get involved is by examining your own spending habits – what you purchase makes a difference! Take time to look at what you buy, perhaps the best “deal” is not a just choice when considering who made it and from where it came. And finally – the best way to get involved is always use the National Human Trafficking hotline number whenever you see something that doesn’t look quite right – 888-3737-888.

Pick up your copy of Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery today!

Contact us with questions, comments, or suggestions:

(714) 966-6360

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Freedom and Fashion Collaborative Conference

On March 23, 2013, over 500 people, 100+ partners and sponsors, and 30+ renown speakers will gather in Los Angeles to experience the first social enterprise conference of its kind in Los Angeles that will unite, equip, and transform leaders to create and share innovative solutions to end our world’s pressing social issues. Join GCWJ and Vanguard Alumni-founded social enterprise Krochet Kids International at the Freedom and Fashion Collaborative Conference.

And just for our friends – a special promo code for registration: cc13social ($20 off for social enterprises/non-profits)

Women Veterans Across the Decades

Join us March 25 at 4pm for Women Veterans Across the Decades: A Women’s History Month Event at Vanguard University.

The Global Center for Women and Justice is celebrating the contributions of Women Veterans from World War II to our present-day soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will honor women veterans and hear Dr. Mary Wickman, retired U.S. Navy Captain, share about the experiences of women serving in the military. Join the Orange County Women Veterans Network for this special event!

Please RSVP to by March 20

Special thanks to the Employees Community Fund of the Boeing Company for making this event possible!

GCWJ Women Veterans Event

Ensure Justice Friday Night Worship + Message

Join us Friday March 8 at 7:15pm for a special Ensure Justice event – open to all!

Come and take part in a time of worship with Anaheim Vineyard Church worship band and a special message from Dr. Bill Dogterom!

Free to attend – no conference registration needed!


Worship + Message
Friday March 8
7:15 – 9:00pm
Newport Mesa Church