Howard University Hosts Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

Contributed by Misha Cornelius

Howard University will host the 2019 International Women’s Day Celebration on Wednesday, March 6 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Howard’s Interdisciplinary Research Building, located at 2201 Georgia Ave NW, Washington D.C. This year’s annual celebration is themed, “Women in Politics and the Law” and will feature a panel discussion that centers around the official International Women’s Day theme – #BalanceForBetter.

“International Women’s Day calls us to unite in recognizing the tremendous achievements of women around the world,” says Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Howard University Tashni-Ann Dubroy, Ph.D. “This International Women’s Day, we stand united with millions of others to demand gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

The celebration will include a moderated panel featuring Hauwa Ibrahim, Ph.D. human rights lawyer and winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, alongside Obiageli Ezekwesili, Ph.D. the former Vice-President of the World Bank Africa Division, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Founder of #BringBackOurGirls. Seasoned international broadcast journalist, Linord Moudou, will moderate the panel. Internationally recognized performing artist Anna Mwalagho will perform.

This year’s theme allows us to discuss gender balance through the lens of women in politics and in law,” says J. Jarpa Dawuni, Esq., Ph.D., assistant professor of political science and chair of the organizing committee for the event. “Howard University continues to make remarkable progress in preparing women leaders. With the significant number of women elected to Congress during the recent midterm elections in the United States, there is much to acknowledge, but there is still a lot to be done to achieve gender balance in politics and in law here in the United States and in many places around the world. The symbolic presence of women must translate into substantive representation of women’s issues in law and politics.”

The International Women’s Day Celebration at Howard University is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the program. For more information about International Women’s Day visit https://cfas.howard.edu/calendar/event/11221/women-politics-and-law-international-womens-day.

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