This week the host of Contact, KUED 7′s Mary Dickson promotes Women Refugee Annual Celebration held by Women of the World at the Salt Lake County Building (2001 S. State Street in Salt Lake City). You can still get tickets to this event by going to Women of the World’s Eventbrite page.
Click the picture below to go to the KUED site to see the full video:
Please join us for a day of celebration for:
- Women who received graduate degrees in 2013
- Women who became American citizens
- Women who are learning English
- Many more exciting and successful stories
- 2:15 Founder’s Welcome
- 2:30 Women Refugee Successful Stories & certification. We will also present the WOMAN OF THE YEAR
- 3:00 Dancing Group from Nepal
- 3:15 Visit, eat, and have fun!
Women of the World was proud to be asked to be interviewed by Nkoyo Iyamba for her 1 December 2013 Cultural Connections show on KSL Radio. This podcast interviewed two of the volunteers of Women of the World, Elena Blasa, a member of the Board of Directors and caseworker, and Ghasaq Jaffar, a volunteer with Women of the World and school teacher in a local refugee school.
These women were interviewed to discuss the 3rd Annual Celebration event which will for the first time be an awards banquet to celebrate the successes of Women of the World members including:
- Women that have achieved a significant milestone in their post-secondary education like an advanced degree
- Women that have become literate in English… for many of these ladies, this is the first language they are literate in.
- Women that have served their own communities
- Women that have worked through English and Civics in order to get their citizenship
- Finally, our Woman of the Year — believe me, you will be heartened by this woman’s commitment to your new neighbors
The 3rd Annual Celebration event is a free event ($10 donation suggested) that includes ethnic food and entertainment. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come and meet your new neighbors. While significant milestones have been accomplished, there is always more to do and you can help by supporting Women of the World through your donations of time or money.
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Teton Sports has generously donated backpacks for the education of refugee schoolchildren and adults in education for the past two years. Teton Sports makes the highest quality backpack that I’ve ever seen, all of the components and craftsmanship are of the highest quality. These backpacks are not defective or used but come right out of the factory new to our refugee neighbors, a rare and treasured gift for sure.
It is this type of donation that goes straight to the heart of what Women of the World hopes to accomplish. More than any other opportunity granted to refugees, the gift of an education is the most precious and the most highly pursued. Our refugee children and women work hard at their education, but like the rest of us, feel saddened if they are always using substandard books and equipment. This donation helps them to feel truly a part of their educational experience, proud to contribute. It is the little things, the quality and color of the backpack, the continual advocacy on their behalf and their mothers, that will turn today’s refugee student into the business, governmental, or nonprofit success of tomorrow.
This week Women of the World was the guest on Cultural Connections with Nkoyo Iyamba on KSL Radio. Nkoyo is a great friend of Women of the World and continues to broadcast women refugee issues in Utah through her weekly radio program. In this installation, parenting in the refugee community was reviewed with its unique struggles and important benefits. Women of the World President, Samira Harnish, feels strongly about these issues, working to enable women refugees to not only improve their educational, language, and employment opportunities, but also their parental skills in this different culture.
Refugee women have a stronger cultural connection to Utah thanks to Women of the World’s efforts and the media attention that programs like KSL Radio’s Cultural Connections. Please listen to the podcast below and if you like what you here, “like” Nkoyo Iyamba at KSL Radio on Facebook.