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March is a big month for women worldwide. It’s Women’s History Month, in which we recognize women’s contributions to history, culture and society. There’s also a special day, International Women’s Day on March 8th, so double the reasons to celebrate women and how AWIU is empowering them around the globe. …

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  AWIU’s 22 Passports bring fresh perspectives, new and evolving skills, and an eagerness to learn about the world to AWIU, and that’s why we love them! The Passport Committee, with coordinators Barbara Rubio and Ann Diederich, are launching a new initiative on Saturday, January 15, 2022, the monthly, virtual …

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On the east shore of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, the city of Musoma is home to the Hope Revival Children’s Organization (HRCO), led by executive director Stephen Marwa. A dedicated advocate for women’s empowerment and community development, Marwa founded HRCO in 2013. He describes the HRCO mission as “Holistic care …

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AWIU’s Chicago Chapter hosted a Sunday brunch at Reza’s Middle Eastern restaurant on December 12th in support of the Afghan Refugee Resettlement Program in Chicago. The goal was twofold: to increase membership and to help with the chapter’s nascent refugee project with the Heartland Alliance. Some 36 people, members and …

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Destined for Diplomacy   By Betsy Richman | December 19, 2021                 Britt Robinson, 28, was destined for a career in diplomacy. “As a child, I was obsessed with the Disney movie, ‘Mulan,’ so when I was 12, my mother signed me up for …

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Sunday, September 19, 2021 Marini de Livera:  Empowering Women and Children in Sri Lanka By Betsy Richman | December 19, 2021 Marini de Livera is a crusader, one who aims her powerful weapons of pro bono legal services and training in the arts against the exploitation of women and children …

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Saturday, November 6, 2021 Shlama Foundation:  Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Assyrian Chaldean Syriac People of Northern Iraq By Betsy Richman | December 19, 2021    The folkloric costumes that the Shlama Foundation is producing in Northern Iraq are breathtaking. The colorful and heavily embroidered tunics, headpieces, jewelry, and shawls …

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Saturday, October 23, 2021 I AM A GIRL:  Empowering and Uplifting Women in Eastern Uganda By Betsy Richman | December 19, 2021 Desire Kiraboo, co-founder and executive director of I AM A GIRL since its inception in Western Uganda in 2019, kicked off the AWIU Conversation with a question: “What …

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Los Angeles Chapter Burma through the Eyes of KhinSandi Lwin: “GenZ — We will be the last generation to live under this oppression” By Betsy Richman | December 19, 2021 The Los Angeles chapter was in for a treat when Maggie Sabbag organized the first chapter gathering since the onset …

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