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Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives Hosts Inaugural International Women’s Day Forum

Celebrates Empowerment of Women in 2018

ANNAPOLIS, MD – In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives today hosted the inaugural International Women’s Day Forum. Close to one hundred participants from across Maryland joined the forum, which was themed, “Uplift and Empower Women in 2018.”

“Today, we celebrate the empowerment of women and the progress made in the movement for women’s rights,” said Steve McAdams, Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. “The Hogan administration is committed to ensuring that all women have the resources they need to succeed, and this day is an important recognition of their contributions to our communities.”

International Women’s Day is celebrated by nations around the world on March 8, and commemorates the movement for women’s rights. The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States in 1909. In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations officially began celebrating International Women’s Day. Since then, International Women’s Day has celebrated progress towards gender equality.

Today’s forum featured noted speakers from around the world and focused on topics including:

The Journey to Self-Discovery and Personal Empowerment with Cheryl Wood

  • Career Transition with Dr. Haideh Sabet
  • Finding Your Direction with Dr. Marissa Leslie
  • Overcoming Present Challenges to Achieve Your Purpose with Zainab Chaudry
  • Exploring Your Inner Talents with Cassandra Ferguson
  • The Path to Self-Actualization with Catherine Uju Ifejika
  • Domestic Violence and Healthy Relationships with Patricia Celes Gonzalez
  • How to Maximize the Effectiveness of Strategic Decisions with Meghan Enriquez
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