It was great to see the room filled with woman, a room shining with beautiful faces and empowerment. Women of the World’s Third Annual Celebration was a heartfelt celebration of women refugee success – some of the success has already been attained, some have nearly reached their goals, and all were very ambitious to have more success.
On December 7th, 2013 we celebrated the ladies that have reached to their goals, aims — ladies that have worked so hard in a short time of being in Utah. It is very important to have a role model in our communities and the women that received the awards are certainly role models.
To our Utah guests, thank you very much for coming and celebrating the day with your new neighbors. These ladies want to thank you for giving them the chance to come to your country so they rebuild their lives & their children’s lives. These ladies are survivor of war, rape, atrocities, and social ostracism and are now working hard to overcome poverty and to acculturate in America.
Women Of the World offers the tools these ladies need to reach their goals, like job skills and practical English. We teach them about American laws and regulations, teach them about their human rights to give them the confidence and empower them to succeed.
We could not do it without our generous supporters. Every year conflicts around the world create more refugees, but because of the generosity of Utahans, every year a great percentage of refugees come here. If you have not yet given to Women of the World, consider visiting our donation page.
Woman of the Year – Mrs. Lauren Beck
The Woman of the Year is not a figurehead, but a member of the community that offers a light in the darkness, a friend to cut through the loneliness, an advocating voice into the fray. The Woman of the Year gets results – raising not just those she contacts directly – but the entire community. Through her efforts, the Woman of the Year makes us believe that we can all achieve our dreams!
Service Award – Mrs. Khawla Salman and Mr. Tleb Mohammad
We offer our deepest gratitude for your generous service as a Women of the World volunteer. Because of the selflessness of people like you, Women of the World has empowered women to gain an economic foothold, begin attaining their voice in the community, and dream of a better life. We always say “pay it forward” and you have – thank you!
English Advancement Award – Mrs. Bae Meh
The single most important factor in determining immigrant success is advancement in English. For women, English advancement is important in taking back their place as a parent and in stepping out for the first time into the workforce and the community. Take your voice to the highest peaks and tell posterity your story, what you have accomplished and how you’ll never stop learning and growing.
Citizenship Acknowledgement – Ms. Ban Rasheed
America is one of the few countries started on an ideal, the ideal that everyone is created equal and through hard work and imagination you can succeed. Your citizenship is not the end of your path but a beginning, a ticket to opportunity. Naturalized citizens are more aggressive in achieving the American dream and today you join this class of success. However, America also needs you to blend your culture into the melting pot, retaining the best characteristics of both.
Certificate of Achievement – Miss Ehdaa Al Hashemi, Mrs. Ghassaq Jaffer, Mrs. Jasmin
Success is less inspiration than perspiration and it is your hard work that is being celebrated today. You have sacrificed time and effort to achieve this pinnacle and because you have worked hard along this journey, this milestone is all the more sweet. Now look out to the girls in your community and teach them how to succeed — for it is the achievement that you have helped train — that is the most rewarding.
IMFT Strategic Programs Group is joining with Women of the World for its Day of Service to teach job skills to refugee women looking for work in the Salt Lake City area.
Positive about job skills training!
When: Thursday 29 Nov
Time : 10am – 1pm
Where: Hser Ner Moo Center 479 East 2250 South, South Salt Lake City, UT 84415
Job Skills Training*
Session 1: Internet Job Search
Session 2: Resume Writing & Wordprocessing
Session 3: Interviewing
Session 4: General Job Skills (How to do a great job!)
*Not an IMFT hiring event
The Human Rights Education Project of the Salt Lake City Community Empowerment group collaborated with the Women Of the World Organization to present a workshop about Sexual Violence Prevention last Saturday.
There were 35 people in attendance at the workshop & five different nationalities (Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Karenni & Karen). We had 4 interpreters help to get the information to the ladies and men. The subjects was very interesting, educational, and helpful to them. They were all involved with reading the stories and discussing the problems, how to prevent them, and what they would do if they had the problem in their house. The audience was very lively and involved with the material. When I gave a ride to the ladies, they were talking about it in the car & thanking me for giving them the opportunity to be involved in this subject.
I appreciate the Mayor’s Office for giving us the opportunity to do this workshop. Thank you very much for Alana Kindness & Stephany Murguia for giving the lecture, it was very valuable and the material was very understandable. Thank you to Amy Wylie for donating the hygiene products to the audience. Thank you very much for the interpreters, for without them, the material would never be understood.
This year the celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the celebration after the month-long Ramadan fast, was supplemented by Women of the World’s gifts, donations, and community roundtable forum with the Refugee Service Office. The celebration occurred at the Sugarhouse Park and was very well attended.
Traditionally, gifts are given to children for Eid and Women of the World donated toys for both boys and girls and was able to find enough women to donate their lightly used jewelry to give a new necklace or bracelet to each girl. Clothing and food was donated by Women of the World and dancing and Arabic music was enjoyed by all.
The Town Hall style meeting had a lot of good information on housing and social service benefits and we would like to thank Gerald Brown for so patiently listening to the concerns of the members of Women of the World following up on their concerns.
In order to start our women in the right direction in the United States, they need to be gainfully employeed. On Friday, 20 May 2011, with the help of the Department of Workforce Services, Women of the World conducted a workshop to prepare our members for the job hunting and interviewing process. As an incentive, this workshop was a prerequisite for the job fair to be held the following Saturday.
The DWS and Women of the World supplied no-nonsense advice to the refugee community on topics ranging from the proper format of a resume to the value of hygiene and a strong handshake in making a first impression. WoW members were given handouts constructed directly from the feedback of companies invited to the select job fair.
The Women of the World members have numerous differentiating strengths including their language flexibility, strong work-ethic, and happiness with a renewed life in America. Employers that are willing to help our members better their English skills, develop employment skills, and integrate into their teams will be encouraged by the success their organizations achieve as a result.
For more information on how your organization can hire a new refugee client of the Women of the World, feel free to contact us on our contact page or talk to our employment specialist at (801) 648 – WOW2.