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International Women's Day

International Women's Day | March 7, 2014 | Inspiring Change

The International Women’s Day Banquet will include an opening speech from Effie Koehn, Director for Foreign Student and Scholar Services at UM, followed by keynote speaker Shaima Khinjani. Khinjani is a Lead Language Instructor for Defense Critical Language and Cultural Training Program at The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center. Khijaini graduated from UM with her Master Degree in Political Science in 2013 prior she received her bachelor of Art in International Studies and Political Science focusing on the Middle East and Islamic States, from Ramapo College New Jersey. Shaima will talk about “No More Violence Against Women” at the Banquet. Khinjaini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and she has been involved with education from an early age. During the Taliban regime, she opened an in-house school to teach girls and women to read and write. Khijaini professional achievements are numerous: she worked as an International Program Manager and Gender in the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) and provided mentoring and training for the International Foundation for Electoral System (IEFS) IN Kabul, Afghanistan and other leadership positions. Moreover, Shaima is an active speaker and presenter and serves as an essential resources to DCLCP, the UM campus, and the Missoula community at large.


The fundraiser banquet will also present a panel discussion and the topic of the panel is “Real Women Real Success.”

Keynote Speaker: Shaima Khinjani

Lead Language Instructor
M.A. in Political Science, University of Montana, 2013
B.A. in International Studies & Political Science with focus on the Middle East/Islamic States, Ramapo College, New Jersey

Shaima was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has been involved with education from an early age. During the Taliban regime, she opened an in-house school to teach girls and women to read and write. Her professional achievements are numerous: she worked as an International Program Manager & Gender in the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) and provided mentoring and training for the International Foundation for Electoral System (IEFS) in Kabul, Afghanistan. She was also a Gender Consultant for the Gender Unit at the Afghan Independent Election Commission and worked as a Training Consultant for Women for Afghan Women (WAW). As an Evaluation Consultant for German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) Gender Mainstreaming Project in Kabul, she helped develop and evaluate gender programs through the Independent Afghan Civil Service Commission (IACSC). Prior to this experience, Shaima also worked as an Executive Assistant to the Minister in the Ministry of Higher Education and Executive Assistant to the Minister in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Kabul. Shaima has recently earned her M.A. in Political Science at the University of Montana. She previously earned her B.A. in International Studies and Political Science with focus on the Middle East/Islamic States from Ramapo College, New Jersey. She is an active speaker and presenter and serves as an essential resources to DCLCP, the UM campus, and the Missoula community at large.

Ticket availability

Tickets will be distributed to The Source, Foreign Student and Scholar Service and Griz For UNICEF members.

Schedule
Friday, March 7

Layokat Rasulova
Welcoming
6:10

Effie Koehn
Opening speech
6:20

Shaima Khinjani
“Say No to Violence against Women”
6:40

Farzona Shukurova
Tajik Dance
7:15

Turk Helal
Stand-Up Comedy
7:20

Effie Koehn, Liz Roosa Millar, Michele Landquist, June Noel
Panel Discussion “Real Women Real Success”
7:30

Japanese Student Association
Japanese Dance
8:10

International Students
Fashion Show
8:20

International Students
Maya Angelo Play
8:40