International Women’s Day2018-12-10T15:23:55+00:00

Friday, March 8, 2019
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

Westin Copley Place
(10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116)

We Are Very Proud To Honor Outstanding Immigrant Women In 2019

On March 8, 2019, the International Institute will host our annual International Women’s Day lunch to celebrate the achievements immigrants and business leaders. International Women’s Day is a global phenomenon, and in Boston we celebrate by bringing 300-400 people together in a festive, supportive atmosphere to honor the immigrant & refugee community.  One of the aims of this event is to highlight impact of refugees and immigrants on the economy: they give energy to our region, comprise a reliable and stable workforce, and are critical to the growth of innovation in all fields. The lunch will celebrate the achievements of refugees and immigrants, and honor three women for their contributions to their own industries. We are very proud to honor three outstanding immigrant women in 2019:

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Why International Women’s Day?

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

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.

Presenting Sponsor

International Women’s Day: Past Honorees

Colette Phillips, Founder & CEO, Colette Phillips Communications

Razia Jan, Founder & President, Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation

Eveline Buchatskiy, Founder, One Way Venture

Dr. Nawal Nour, A Sudanese-American, founded the African Women’s Health Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Founder & Chair of Women Waging Peace

Malalai “The bravest woman in Afghanistan” Joya, refugee, activist and politician

Marie St Fleur, Vice Chair, House Committee on Ways and Means

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, attorney, and advocate for issues affecting lives of women, children, and families

Jeanne Shaheen, Former NH governor, and current US Senate member

Rya Weickert Zobel, Federal Judge of the US District Court, District of MA

Dr. Charlotte Yeh, CMO of AARP

Geeta Ayer, President, and Founder of Commonwealth Management Asset

Rupa Shenoy, Host and reporter for NPR and founder of Otherhood podcast

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