Women as Refugees in International Development

Hosted by CARE Action Network, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Global Minnesota

Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Cowles Auditorium 301 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455

Women are key to international development. Numerous studies and experiences of international agencies such as CARE show that empowering women through health care, education, and finance results in better lives for themselves, their families, and communities. But what happens when large numbers of people are uprooted from their homes and social systems by political upheaval and violence? Women, in particular, are prevented from performing the economic and social activities that would otherwise lift their families from poverty, causing further dependence rather than self-sufficiency.

Join us for a presentation and discussion in honor of International Women’s Day (celebrated in March) on the tragic effects of refugee status on millions of women and their families, and efforts to prevent and solve the refugee crisis, to serve with those who are refugees, and prepare for their return home or resettlement. We will be joined by a development expert from CARE for an orientation and a panel discussion with US Representative Betty McCollum (D - St. Paul), and Reem Khamis, Protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Technical Advisor for the American Refugee Committee. Panelists will offer their observations about women as refugees and their involvement or absence in international development and the current political environment.

Welcome reception 4:30pm, followed by the program 5:00pm-6:30pm.

CARE Action Network (CAN), the public policy arm of CARE, is comprised of over 200,000 volunteer advocates across the U.S. who communicate with legislators about issues critical to the fight against global poverty, learn about upcoming CARE events happening in their community and become part of a global movement standing up for the rights of women, children and poor families around the world. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires leaders to advance the common good in a diverse and changing world. As a top-ranked public policy and planning school situated in a major metropolitan area, we provide students a wide array of skills, expertise, and real-world experience to transform ideas into action. For 60 years, as Minnesota’s Door to the World, the Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center) has provided rich and varied opportunities for individuals from Minnesota and around the world to serve as citizen diplomats and to gain a deeper understanding of their place in the world community. Travel assistance by Delta Airlines -- Thank you!

This event is free and open to the general public, seats are first-come, first-served.

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