The Power of Women in Conflict, Women for Women International Annual Luncheon
Date: Tuesday, May 10, Time: 12pm – 2pm
Location: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Women bear the heaviest burden of violence, poverty and inequality in times of war and crisis. The Power of Women in Conflict is a special event, organized by Women for Women International in New York City, to highlight how women in conflict-affected regions are rebuilding their lives and communities despite the horrors of war. An expert panel of speakers will reflect on their lived experiences of conflict in Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The event will highlight the urgent needs of Ukrainian refugee women and explore the vital role of women in peace-making.
Against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, we call on the international community to invest in women in fragile and conflict-affected areas - because they are the key to a peaceful future.
On May 10th 2022, Women for Women International is hosting an in-person panel of speakers, moderated by Soledad O'Brien, award-winning journalist and documentarian and featuring Ambassador (ret.) Roya Rahmani, the first female Afghan Ambassador to the US; Seida Saric, Country Director of Zene za Zene in Bosnia (via video) and Women for Women International’s Country Director for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rachel Boketa.
Special performance by Meghan Kabir, Afghan American multi-platinum singer and songwriter from Nashville, accompanied by Ukrainian American musician HARLOE.
The event also features Women for Women International’s CEO Laurie Adams and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors, Amjad Atallah and will include an update on Women for Women International’s emergency response to the war in Ukraine through our Conflict Response Fund as well as details of how women in conflict-affected regions are using their power to become leaders and change-makers.
Soledad O’Brien says, “I’m excited to join Women for Women International for its 2022 Luncheon. For almost 30 years, they’ve invested in the power of more than 530,000 women survivors of war. With conflict on the rise in places like Afghanistan and now Ukraine, women face increasing injustice. Join us to find out about investing in the power of women survivors, helping them rebuild their lives, their families and their communities.”
In a recent article about Media Coverage of Women in War Ambassador Roya Rahmani said media stereotypes of women in conflict play a role in perpetuating the violence and gender inequality. She says: “It is those presumptions, those stereotypes, that permit and exacerbate conflict and completely focus on women as vulnerable and those in need and as victims. The media continues to portray women as caretakers and mothers and not focus on their leadership.”
For Media: Speakers who are available for *pre-arranged interviews only*: Soledad O’Brien, Ambassador Roya Rahmani, Rachel Boketa, Seida Saric, and Laurie Adams.
The Power of Women in Conflict, Women for Women International Annual Luncheon Date: Tuesday, May 10, Time: 12pm – 2pm Location: 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
Women for Women International, a global development and non-government organization, invests where inequality is greatest by helping women who are forgotten — the women survivors of war and conflict. Our vision is to create a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential.
Our core belief is that stronger women build stronger nations. Women in our programs learn skills to rebuild their families and communities. They form support networks, learn to earn an income and save, and gain knowledge and resources about health and their rights.
Since 1993, our global community has invested in the power of over 530,000 women in 14 conflict-affected countries to use their voice and create a ripple effect that makes the world more equal, peaceful, and prosperous. To learn more about the power of women, for women, visit www.womenforwomen.org