Created by Merle Hoffman in 2015 to help immigrant and minority women who live in shame-and-honor cultures.
Our mission is to help women worldwide..
bringing women's health to the forefront
Choices Global Institute of Healing and Education was founded by Merle Hoffman in 2015 to help address the global need for education and services relating to women’s and girls’ health, well-being and ability to thrive and fulfil their potential as full human beings. To this end, we support research and publishing projects, as well as develop, sponsor and promote educational efforts, services and programs both in the U.S.A. and internationally.
Projects in the U.S.A.
Developing and supporting health education and care is at the core of our projects in the U.S.A. Through its community outreach programs, CGI develops projects to raise public awareness about women’s health issues and provide support to underserved women and their families. This includes the development of sexual health classes for women and men, from school age through the senior years. We work closely with community organizations, schools and women’s leadership programs on reproductive health issues, and sponsor classes and seminars, including on Birth Control and Healthy Relationships, free of charge. We also promote education projects that teach about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS.
Internationally, our projects have included supporting the research and analysis of feminist scholars to help immigrant and minority women who live in shame-and-honor cultures. We have been researching and publishing material about honor-based violence including honor killing, interviewing victims of such violence, with a special interest in identifying for what may account for a successful escape from honor-based violence. We host evenings, attend and present at conferences, appear in the media to elevate understanding globally and strengthen women individually.
Our projects include CGI Advisor-in-Chief Dr. Phyllis Chesler's continuing academic studies at Middle East Quarterly about honor killing; feminist analysis of the burqa and face veil; consulting with feminists globally who work in these areas and with those who are starting websites and social media campaigns to deal with such issues on every continent. CGI is undertaking a publishing program which will include writing articles for selected venues and re-publishing some pioneering feminist works with new Introductions and Study Guides for students, therapeutic practitioners, and diverse populations.
Choices Global Institute of Healing and Education, Inc. is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.