Washington, DC

 AWIU Chapter for Greater Washington, DC

Jing Bao

Chapter Chair

DCchapter@awiu.org

Welcome to AWIU’s DC chapter page! Here you will find updates on chapter activities and opportunities to get involved. If you’re interested in becoming a member of AWIU’s DC chapter, please email DCchapter@awiu.org.

DC Chapter Members Attend KRMA-US Partners Annual Appreciation Dinner

AWIU Washington Chpeter members Drs Jing Bao and Nancy Shinowara from the DC Chapter attended the event on October 17, 2015

10.17.15-KRMA-AWIU10.17.15-KRMA-AWIUaAt the event, Dr. Lois Stovall, the President of the Krma-US Partners, provided a slide presentation for her remarkable work done in Uganda to help women with an agricultural development. The krma-US Partners is an organization founded in 2013 by Lois Stovall  to help under-resourced rural women in existing women’s cooperatives in Kaberamaido District Uganda move towards economic sustainability and to enable them to send all their children to primary and secondary school, and beyond.

Dr. Stovall acknowledged and thanked the AWIU’s grant support for her project in Kobulubulu, Uganda. She also expressed interest to apply again a grant from AWIU.

 

Next DC Chapter Meeting to be held on Tuesday, July 22
Featuring Parnian Nazary, Advocacy Manager for Women for Afghan Women

Please mark your calendars for our next DC chapter meeting on the evening of Tuesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm. We’ve reserved the back wine room at Nando’s just south of Dupont Circle (1210 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036).

Parnian Nazary, Advocacy Manager for Women for Afghan Women

Parnian Nazary, Advocacy Manager for Women for Afghan Women

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be joined by Parnian Nazary, who will speak about her work as Advocacy Manager for Women for Afghan Women. A native of Kabul, Afghanistan, Nazary moved to the United States in 2004 for her education, where she graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Wellesley College. Prior to joining Women for Afghan Women, Nazary served as a Program Associate at the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum at the Social Science Research Council in New York, helping to inform UN policies in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe. She also served as a Program Officer for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Regional Program at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation. She has long been a staunch advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan through her involvement with various agencies working with women of Afghanistan.

Event Details
What: DC Chapter Meeting with Parnian Nazary, Advocacy Manager, Women for Afghan Women
When: Tuesday, July 22 at 6:00 pm
Where: Nando’s in Dupont Circle – 1210 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

As always, prospective members/friends are welcome to join! Please just let us know if you plan on attending and how many others might join you by July 16. For more information and to RSVP please email DCchapter@awiu.org

DC Chapter Meeting to be Held on Saturday, May 10
Featuring Zlática Kraljevic, CEO of the Anders Frontier Group LLC

The DC Chapter will meet on Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 am in Washington, DC. The location is yet to be determined but it will most likely be in the vicinity of Tennleytown or Cleveland Park, and will be sent out to members once it’s set.

Our featured speaker at this meeting will be Zlática Kraljevic, CEO of The Anders Frontier Group LLC, who is also a member of our DC chapter.

Zlática Kraljevic, CEO of The Anders Frontier Group LLC

Zlática Kraljevic, CEO of The Anders Frontier Group LLC

Zlática is recognized as a thought leader in emerging markets and as an experienced international business strategist, educator, and public speaker. For over 20 years, she has worked with senior leaders in Fortune 200 companies, foreign government officials and academic leaders in over 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Her fundraising experience includes securing funds in excess of $200MM from private and institutional investors on behalf of for-profit and non-profit initiatives. Learn more about Zlática’s experience, awards and leadership roles here.

During this meeting we will also discuss the DC chapter’s project supporting KRMA-US partners, and other initiatives we would like to pursue this year.

Event Details
What: DC Chapter Meeting, Featuring Zlática Kraljevic
When: Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 am
Where: TBD in Washington, DC, likely near Tenleytown or Cleveland Park.  The final location will be sent out to members.

Prospective members are welcome to join!

For more information and to RSVP please email DCchapter@awiu.org

DC Chapter Announces Special Initiative to Support krma-US Partners:
Donations Welcomed
April 17, 2014

Envision the Future…

…sounds like a mandate for western women, right? Yes, but not only. In the rural village of Kobulubulu in northeastern Uganda, in 2012, AWIU member Lindsey Holaday collaborated with a group of women from Kobulubulu to design a long-term project not only to envision their future but to ensure it.

A devastating attack on the village by Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army a few years earlier had left it burned to the ground and survivors fled to camps. When it was safe to return home, a group of 20 village women formed Kobulubulu Riberere me Mon Association (KRMA), a cooperative meaning Women’s Unity.

Krma-US Partners, a DC area 501(c)(3), was founded by Lois Stovall to help the women achieve economic independence without loans or foreign aid. http://www.krma-uspartners.org

Together, Lindsey, Lois and the women of KRMA conceived an innovative project to generate income for the community by establishing a 20-acre cassava farm.  krma-US Partners contributes funds as well as evaluation, monitoring and capacity building. The women receive training in modern farming techniques, basic business practices, computer skills and conflict resolution. By 2018, the farm will be completely self-sustaining.

The women’s top priority is to achieve continuing funds to educate their children (especially the girls) through primary and secondary school, and beyond. The revenues from the cassava farm, which will be completely owned by the KRMA cooperative in five years, are being used first to pay school fees. The remaining revenues are reinvested in the farm business to purchase assets such as plows and oxen to offset operating costs and generate increased income.

In the future, krma-US Partners plans to replicate this program in surrounding communities.

Beatrice, Current Chair of KRMA, back row, right, with her family including 2 daughters on left who will be able to stay in school as a result of revenues from Cassava Project

Beatrice, Current Chair of KRMA, back row, right, with her family including 2 daughters on left who will be able to stay in school as a result of revenues from Cassava Project

Lois & Lindsey walked behind Anne Abago to visit each KRMA member’s home “compound” one of which is shown here — sleeping quarters on the left, shelter for livestock on the right

Lois & Lindsey walked behind Anne Abago to visit each KRMA member’s home “compound” one of which is shown here — sleeping quarters on the left, shelter for livestock on the right

In keeping with AWIU’s goals and vision, the DC chapter is supporting krma-US Partners as a special project.

The women have made modest requests for help with school supplies. Their wish list is posted on Amazon.com. You can contribute in two ways.

1. Use the link below or just click on the Wish List on top of the home page, enter the name krma-US Partners and the Wish List should pop up. During ordering, choose the address in Silver Spring MD and your order will automatically be shipped. If you are a Prime member, shipping is free. It is also free for orders over $35.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2AWD1G9CZTOD8/ref=topnav_lists_1

2. If you would like to contribute money to help cover the cost of shipping the supplies, checks in any amount will be appreciated. They can be made out to krma-US Partners Ltd., and mailed to 11408 Symphony Woods Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

If you have trouble accessing the Wish List or have any questions, please email Lindsey at info@krma-uspartners.org.

The women and families of Kobulubulu thank you for your support.

A few children we met while walking near Kobulubulu

A few children we met while walking near Kobulubulu

International Women of Courage Celebration Week in Washington DC!
March 2014

Every year AWIU has the honor of hosting the State Department’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) at our annual celebration event in Washington, D.C. This humbling and inspiring event brings together members from across the United States, loyal AWIU partners, and other supporters of AWIU. During the IWOC celebration week in DC, AWIU members participate in a series of other enriching and fascinating activities and events. Here just a few highlights.

Dinner with India’s Ambassador to the United States
The residence of the Indian Ambassador
March 3, 2014

Indian Ambassador Dinner 2014

Indian Ambassador Dinner 2014 2

AWIU’s International Women of Courage Celebration
National Press Club
March 4, 2014

IWOC 2014 DC chapter 1

IWOC 2014 DC chapter 2

IWOC 2014 DC Chapter

DC chapter members also attended the following events:

  • March 4, 2014: The US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards and Reception at the Department of State 
  • March 5, 2014: An event at the Library of Congress Law Library with foreign legal specialist, Ms. Ruth Levush, who discussed women’s issues with members, followed by a tour of the Library of Congress. 
  • March 5, 2014: A briefing and discussion at the Millennium Corporation regarding global policy on poverty. MCC is an innovative and independent US foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. 

Learn more about the International Women of Courage Celebration here.

DC Chapter Meeting to be held on Saturday, February 15
Featuring Lindsey Holaday of KRMA-US Partners

The DC Chapter will hold its first meeting of the year on Saturday, February 15 at 10:30 am at the JW Marriot in downtown Washington, DC.

Lindsey Holaday of krma-US Partners

Lindsey Holaday of krma-US Partners

As part of our agenda Lindsey Holaday, one of our DC chapter members, will speak about her work as co-founder and vice president of KRMA-US Partners, an NGO which has created an innovative program to help poor women in rural Uganda move from poverty and subsistence to economic independence and sustainability.

Event Details
What: DC Chapter Meeting, Featuring Lindsey Holaday
When: Saturday, February 15 at 10:30 am
Where: JW Marriot
1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
We’ll meet in the lobby.

Note that prospective members are also welcome to join!

For more information and to RSVP please email DCchapter@awiu.org

If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved with AWIU’s DC chapter, please email DC Chapter Chair, Hillary Andoh, at DCchapter@awiu.org.