No woman and no girl will go without access to everyday essentials to survive crisis or transition in Wake County, NC.
H (Humanity) We believe that every woman and girl should be treated with basic humanity and dignity, regardless of their circumstances or barriers.
O (Outreach) We believe in doing the work outside of our own space and serving our community in tangible ways.
P (Partnership) We believe in creating long-term partnerships with businesses, agencies and other nonprofit organizations rather than transactional relationships.
E (Eagerness) We believe that everyone who serves should serve with an eager heart to see our mission grow and make an impact.
The mission of The No Woman, No Girl Initiative is to share hope, essentials and education with women and girls specifically in Wake County, NC by: a) Ensuring that women and girls experiencing crisis or transition gain access to everyday essentials for 90 days. b) Removing barriers to low self-esteem, poor feminine hygiene and overall sustainability through educational materials. c) Collaborating with agency partners that serve women and girls to ensure a continuum of care and strengthen overall means of support. d) Increasing community consciousness by participating in opportunities to further educate others about the lack of access and affordability to everyday essentials for women and girls. e) Facilitating educational programming with agency partners to increase awareness around feminine hygiene and hope.
Our Framework for Everyday Essentials
+ Bar Soap
+ Body wash
+ Wash cloths
+ Hand sanitizer
+ Feminine Cleansing Wipes
Our Pathways of Support
Pathway A - 911 Bags
Pathway A provides a 30 day supply of everyday essentials based on circumstances that warrant crisis response or disaster relief to participants through our Agency Partners.
Pathway B - Sustainer Bags
Pathway B provides a 90 day supply of everyday essentials based on participants who need general sustainability through our Agency Partners.
Agency Partner qualifications are below:
Our nonprofit organization defines transition as any woman or girl experiencing homelessness to any degree. Examples include women and girls housed in homeless shelters, residential programs, campgrounds, unaccompanied youth, or doubled-up families. Crisis examples include women and girls experiencing an emergency foster care placement, domestic violence, or impacted by a natural disaster. This is not an exhaustive list of criteria.
+ Must support and serve women or girls experiencing crisis or transition in Wake County, NC.
+ Must have a social worker, case manager, or outreach worker to pick up essentials.
+ Must be providing case management services to women and girls in need.
Our community partners are businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations or other entities that have a desire to help us further fuel our mission.
+ Must be compassionate about the mission of The No Woman, No Girl Initiative.
+ Must have a desire to help The No Woman, No Girl Initiative expand our reach in Wake County, NC.
Our Agency Partners
Our 2021 Agency Partners will be announced on December 1, 2021.
Shirnetta J. Harrell
Executive Director & Founder
Shirnetta J. Harrell is the Founder & Executive Director of The No Woman, No Girl Initiative. She is a native of Nashville, NC and a 2x HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) graduate. Shirnetta graduated from Shaw University where she served as Miss Shaw University 2012-2013 and obtained her Bachelor of Social Work degree. She later graduated from Alabama A & M University in the Advanced Standing Program. Ultimately, she obtained a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Mental Health.