San Diego Diplomacy Council March 2014

A Multi-Regional Project
March 11th-15th, 2014

Indian Voices received an email from the San Diego Diplomacy Council requesting volunteers to participate at this event to be held at the Woman’s Museum in San Diego. The meet and greet is part of an ongoing Global Social Hour that provides a casual environment for interested parties to meet with International visitors.

The following information is per documents created by the San Diego Diplomacy Council.

These visitors were brought to San Diego by the San Diego Diplomacy Council in conjunction with the International Visitor Leadership Program, the premier professional exchange program of the U.S. Department of State. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.

The Department of State has outlined the following specific objectives for the project:
• Explore the impact of the nonprofit sector in promoting women’s political participation, economic opportunities, and access to education and health care.

• Examine the partnerships between government and nongovernmental organizations in addressing global women’s issues.

• Look at methodologies used by NGOs for strengthening organizational leadership, developing volunteerism, fundraising and advancing their missions to benefit women.

• Illustrate how successful women leaders in the U.S. sustain their efforts by mentoring the next/new generation of aspiring female leaders in the NGO community.

• Investigate the roadblocks women face in their countries impeding their success in achieving their goals or advancing in their professions, and explore novel ways of overcoming such obstacles.

Angola was represented by Mrs. Veronica Sapalo Executive Director, Platform of Women in Action (PMA)

Armenia was represented by Ms. Anahit Badalyan Founder and Executive Director, Berd Women’s Resource Center Foundation

Croatia was represented by Ms. Tajana Broz Coordinator and Program Manager, Social Activism and Political Process Program, Center for Education, Counseling and Research

Denmark was represented by Ms. Susanne Philipson Director, Danner Stiftelsen

Iceland was represented by Ms. Hugrun Hjaltadottir Advisor, Center for Gender Equality

India was represented by Ms. Aruna Mantena Executive Officer and Head of Development Initiatives, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Andhra Pradesh Branch

Israel was represented by Dr. Galit Deshe CEO, Israel Women’s Network

Madagascar was represented by Mrs. Saholiarisoa Fanjaniaina Communication Officer, Santenet2, RTI International

Nepal was represented by Ms. Sanu Karara Program Officer, International Commission for Dalit Rights

Nigeria was represented by Mrs. Oluwatosin Olowoyeye Director and Founder, Resource Sharing Network

Palestinian Territories was represented by Ms. Sahar Awadeh General Director, Adwar

Poland was represented by Ms. Katarzyna Zwolak Executive Director, Women’s Congress Association

Tunisia was represented by Ms. Ines Amri Founder and President, Organization Volonte et Citoyennete (OVC)

Vietnam was represented by Mrs. Dung Luong Deputy Head, Consular and Overseas Vietnamese Division, Tien Giang Department of Foreign Affairs

Yemen was represented by Ms. Shadia Galal Qasem Hashem Director, Change Your Life Association

Zimbabwe was represented by Ms. Wadzanayi Vere Executive Director, Self Help Development Foundation

If you are interested in participating with this San Diego Diplomacy Council or wish to have more information regarding event attendees, please contact:
Mr. Enrique Meza and Ms. Natalie Maroun; (619) 291-8105; or

Yvonne-Cher Skye

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