International Women’s Day Panel 2018

cLPgZsuMInternational Women’s Day Panel: Successful Efforts to Engage Women in Politics

Thursday, March 8, 2018 (Lunch)

TIME: 11:30am – Bar opens; 12:15pm – Lunch served; 1-2pm – Presentation and Q&A

EVENT TYPE: Educational Foundation Fundraiser


International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year.  It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The first observance was held on February 28, 1909 in New York City, organized by the Socialist Party, following marches by 15,000 women demanding voting rights, better pay, and shorter working hours.  March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Woman’s Conference to become an “International Woman’s Day”.

The theme for IWD 2018 is #PressforProgress, a call for action to accelerate gender equality.

The topic for the IWD panel at the WNDC is ‘Successful Efforts to Engage Women in Politics’.  Each panelist will speak about this topic in her own country.


Ambassador Elizabeth Davenport McKune, Ambassador to Qatar for USA
Ambassador McKune, a career Senior Foreign Service officer, served as US Ambassador to the State of Qatar from 1998-2001.  Leaving the State Department after 33 years, she served as Executive Director of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center from 2007-2011.  Ambassador McKune is the recipient of numerous awards from both the State and Defense Departments. She is fluent in Arabic, French and Italian and has an MA from SAIS at Johns Hopkins.


Albania: Ambassador Floreta Faber, Embassy Albania
Ambassador Floreta Faber was appointed to the Albanian Embassy in Washington DC in may 2015 as the first female Ambassador to the USA.  She studied economics in Tirana, international marketing in Oslo, and was an exchange student in Washington State.  She was an International Visitor here through the Department of State and Harvard University.  Before being posted as the Ambassador to the USA, Ms. Faber was the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce where she was instrumental in developing the advocacy functions of the business community in Albania.  Prior to 2000, she worked with Deloitte & Touche in Tirana.

Afghanistan: Palwasha Kakar, Senior Program Officer for Religion and Inclusive Societies, USIP (US Institute of Peace)
Palwasha Kakar is the Senior Program Officer for Religion and Inclusive Societies at the US Institute of Peace (USIP).  She was with The Asia Foundation as the Director for Women’s Empowerment and Development for four years, following an assignment with the UNDP and the Gender Studies Institute at Kabul University.   She has published numerous research papers on women’s participation in local governance in Afghanistan.  She has an MA in gender, politics and religion for Harvard’s Divinity School.

Eritrea: Hadnet Sebhatleab, Public Affairs Officer, Embassy of Eritrea

Hadnet Sebhatleab serves at the Embassy of Eritrea in Washington DC as head of Public and Community Affairs. She came to the US nine years ago.  In Eritrea, she served on the Central committee of the National Union of Eritrean Women and was a Board Member of the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students. She has participated in regional and international conferences, exchange programs, and visits for bilateral meetings, in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda. She started her career as an instructor of political science and Eritrean history at Warsay-Yiklo Secondary School in Eritrea.

PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $10 Lecture only.

This is an Educational Foundation Fundraiser. Tickets and additional contributions are tax-deductible. (Checks should be made out to: WNDC Educational Foundation.)


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