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International Women's Day

For more than a decade, IINE has observed International Women’s Day by recognizing the contributions and success of global women. This year, we are proud to continue this tradition by celebrating accomplished women and their social, economic, cultural and political achievement in the U.S. and abroad. 

The International Institute of New England invites you to join us as we honor the inspirational stories of Boston Common Asset President and Founder, Geeta Aiyer, WGBH Reporter and Creator/Host of “Otherhood,” Rupa Shenoy, and AARP Chief Medical Officer, Charlotte Yeh. The event will be moderated by news anchor and reporter Maria Stephanos.

Maria Stephanos
Anchor, WCVB Channel 5 and The 10 O'Clock News on MeTV Boston

Click here to read Maria's full bio.

2017 IINE International Women's Day Honorees

Geeta Aiyer President and Founder, Boston Common Asset Management

Geeta Aiyer
President and Founder,
Boston Common Asset Management

Click here to read Geeta's full bio.

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Rupa Shenoy
Creator/Host, Otherhood Podcast

Click here to read Rupa's full bio.

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Charlotte Yeh
Chief Medical Officer, AARP

Click here to read Charlotte's full bio.


Women at the Institute


The International Institute of New England serves nearly 2,000 refugees, asylees, and others each year who have been persecuted for their religious and political beliefs, and even their gender. Many of the women in our resettlement, case management, English language, skills training, job placement, citizenship, and other programs protected their families as they fled war and violence in Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria, and other countries.

We are committed to providing services that are both responsive to and respectful of the unique lived experiences of refugee and other immigrant women who have faced and fled persecution, and of the strength and resilience they demonstrate when
rebuilding their lives in the United States.

We need the community’s help to support our strong women and families as they restart their lives in New England. International Women’s Day 2017 comes at a time when the safety and security of women displaced by violence and conflict—as well as refugees and immigrants in this country—are increasingly under threat.

In addition to the clients we serve, the Institute has a woman-majority staff, including two-thirds of the senior leadership team, and half of the Board of Directors are women.

About International Women's Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900s - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. IWD is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. IINE has celebrated IWD since the early 2000s.

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Corporate Sponsors

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Lead Sponsor

Table Sponsor

Patron Sponsor

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
BMC HealthNet Plan
Charles River
Corderman & Company, Inc.
Fragoman Worldwide
HR Knowledge
Sarepta Therapeutics
Trillium Asset Management

Friend Sponsor

Costa Produce
Colliers International
Beacon Communities
Hollister Staffing &
Hollister Institute
Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
Medical Society
Public Radio International
Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP
Tech Networks of Boston
The Langham, Boston
Tufts Medical Center
Walden Asset Management


We would also like to thank everyone who has supported International Women's Day through individual ticket purchases and donations.