New York

AWIU Chapter for the New York Area

Barbara Rubio

Chapter Co-Chair

Maria Schory

Chapter Co-Chair

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The New York Chapter held four panel discussions at La Guardia Community College in the fall and spring of the school year, 2013-14 . The events focused on the work our members are dong in Nepal, Uganda, Afghanistan and Ghana to build leadership and empower women to overcome obstacles and the effects of trauma. All four events were enthusiastically attended with audiences up to 150, including high school students from the College Now program along with students and staff at LaGuardia College.  The events were video-taped by student tech interns at the college.


AWIU members presenting at the La Guardia events:

 Claire Charamnac





Claire Charamnac, (DC Chapter, Passport to the Future), co-founder of Women LEAD, based in Kathmandu, Nepal, which works to equip young women with the skills, resources, mentoring, and leadership opportunities to become catalysts for social change.

 Lindsey holaday





Lindsey Holaday (DC Chapter), co-founder of KRMA-US Partners, which has developed an innovative program to help poor women in Uganda move from poverty to economic independence.

 Hillary Andoh





Hillary Andoh (DC Chapter), who has worked extensively with youth leadership training in her home country of Ghana. Hillary specializes in educating youth and young adults in the areas of literacy, critical thinking, youth empowerment and women’s leadership.

 Sunita Vishwanathan





Sunita Viswanath: (New York Chapter),co-founder and board member of Women for Afghan Women, which works to combat gender-based violence by providing front-line services to women in crisis in eight provinces in Afghanistan.