Date: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Event: Ladies Night
Venue: The Quill Club, New Ambassador Hotel
(Opposite Parliament Building)
This sixth edition of Ladies Night brings together women serving as diplomats in Zimbabwe. The diplomats will share their experiences from both their home countries and in Zimbabwe as well as their interactions with the media and other publics.
Speakers: Ambassador Barbara Joziasse- Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands; Ambassador Lisa Stadelbauer- Embassy of Canada; and Ambassador Ndiyoi Mutiti, Embassy of Zambia. Moderator: Monica Cheru, Editor of the Diplomat Magazine.
Background: This re-scheduled discussion is being held in honor of Women’s History Month (March), whose origins in the United States dates back to 1981 when Congress passed a law which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed another public law that designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”
The Ladies Night discussion series is an initiative of the Quill Club and the Women Journalists Mentoring Program (WJMP). WJMP is jointly implemented by the US Embassy Public Affairs Section and the Humanitarian Information Facilitation Centre (HIFC). It began in September 2011 as an experiential learning program designed to motivate women to stay in the media. It seeks to promote the empowerment of women journalists through mentoring, training and field visits. Each year the program recruits 15 young women journalists who are assigned mentors and undertake a series of leadership and writing skills courses as well as travel.
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