Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Daphne Foundation President Highlighted as one of "Seven Women Who Change Their Worlds"
Disney's approach to philanthropy focuses on supporting what women "could do for themselves," an outlook shared by those involved with The New York Women's Foundation.
As an example, she cites the Amethyst Women's Project Inc., an outreach program that distributes information on HIV/AIDS prevention and provides information on available counseling services to drug addicts, sex workers and homeless women in Coney Island.
After Aida Leon, a former sex worker, heroin addict and drug dealer, completed a course of treatment, she went back to the sidewalks of Coney Island. There, with funding support from the Women's Foundation and others, she began reaching out to women living her prior life. In addition to handing out prophylactics and information flyers in English, Spanish and Russian, Leon follows up with women after they are released from treatment centers. For Disney, it's a prime example of the importance of funding women....