Celebrate the Power of Women at CARE’s National Conference and International Women’s Day Celebration
Post by Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki Clark
Having grown up in a country where my future is limited only by my imagination, itâ€™s hard to conceive that elsewhere half of the population is considered inferior. Women around the world are the largest group facing systematic discrimination and marginalization in the world. And yet, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To advance entire countries. The collection power of women to change the world is limitless and undeniable.
On March 8th, hundreds of organizations worldwide will celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Womenâ€™s Day. Over the past century, women have broken through barriers to achieve political, economical and social advances never before imagined. Yet, there are still many places where a personâ€™s gender defines their ability to reach their full potential.
Here in DC, hundreds of advocates will convene at the CARE National Conference and International Womenâ€™s Day Celebration. CARE is a leading humanitarian organization working to fight global poverty in nearly 70 countries. As you may recall, I attended last year. This year, Iâ€™ll be there too, as a CARE employee. I urge you to join me. In the seven or so months Iâ€™ve worked for CARE, my life has been completely and irrevocably changed. Iâ€™ve seen the amazing work CARE does on the ground during a recent trip to Kenya. Itâ€™s simply mind-blowing. And while everyone canâ€™t travel to developing countries, you can still give voice to millions of marginalized women and girls by coming to our conference.
The three-day event gets underway on the evening of March 8thâ€”International Womenâ€™s Dayâ€”with a Diplomatic Reception hosted by Her Excellency Meera Shankar, the Ambassador of India, at her residence. The conference begins early the next morning with a yoga session led by world renowned yoga instructors Seane Corn, Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling from Off the Mat, Into the World. An action-packed day follows, with advocates learning about a range of CAREâ€™s work and issues, including panels on social entrepreneurship, aid effectiveness and gender norms. Participants will also hear from notables such as CARE President and CEO Helene Gayle, Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Former First Lady Laura Bush and Judy Woodruff of PBSâ€™ NewsHour. In addition, overseas staff from nearly 40 CARE countries, from Angola to Afghanistan, will participate in the conference and share their unique in-country perspective. On March 10, advocates will take these messages to Capitol Hill where they will meet with Members of Congress and take an active role in influencing U.S. policy to improve the lives of millions of marginalized women and girls around the world.
Early registration ends February 4th, so go to www.careconference.org today and sign up.
***Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki Clark is a professional photographer and the Policy Media Relations Officer for CARE USA.Â Like her sister Lindsey, she loves live music and looking at life through the lens of a camera.***
Punch Pulse Correspondent Niki McMillan is a part time photographer; full time Red Crosser and 24/7 big sister to fellow puncher Lindsey. She loves travel, puppy kisses (especially from her own, ichabob) and invites to bourbon-orientated events.