September 11, 2019

The Aspen Institute in Washington DC

United States Launch

Rising Out of the Ashes

On September 11th, 200 guests welcomed "a song never heard before" at the Aspen Institute to honor the next generation of leaders dedicated to unity, collaboration, and service. The theme of the evening was the Power of Art to Advance Women to Advance Humanity. Keynote speaker Her Excellency Roya Rahmani, first woman Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, described what this power means for Afghan women in her speech "Rising Out of the Ashes." Syrian poet and visual artist, Nada Odeh, took us on her internal journey of overcoming the loss of her physical home and empowering herself as a woman in "I Rise with my Art."

  • The Leopard Emerging by Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Executive Director, Women Forward International, Inc.


  • Our Mother Comes Forth by Rocio Cavazos, Founder, The Ananda Group, Mexico; Introduction by Sarah Odeh, WFI; and A Message from the United Nations: A Partnership for the New Humanity by Marco Suazo, Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research


  • A New Diplomacy by Sara Al Saadi, Diplomat, Embassy of the State of Qatar



May 2019 - The Aspen Institute in Mexico City

Women Forward International launches in Latin America

Presentation by Harvard University’s Kennedy School with The Ananda Group and the Inter-American Development Bank at the Aspen Institute in Mexico City.


Featuring Research by the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies: 10 Lessons on Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in the Plant-Based Industry with:

  • Rocío Cavazos, Founder and Managing Partner y Lucia Rodriguez, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ananda Group

  • Marcella Lembert, Vice President Mexico Environment, Social andGovernance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • Tatiana Petrone, Directora LATAM, MicroMentor

  • Natalia Wills, Alliance Program Officer, Pro Mujer


Mark your calendar to watch the

live feed from our session in Doha.

December 14-15, 2019 - Doha Forum

How ISIS Wins Women, How Women Win the War against ISIS

For the 2019 Doha Forum, Women Forward International will curate an event that addresses an under-researched and yet vital topic to curtailing the spread of extremism globally and maintaining international security. We will feature the prize-winning essay on women and ISIS returnees in Indonesia from the National Defense University, along with senior international military leaders, development, and international law, and cultural studies experts. Topics include:


  • What causes women to “go to extremes” and how can we enable alternatives?

  • Who influences half our population and who does this half of our population influence?

  • Can female returnees and deportees of ISIS return, reintegrate, and contribute to their communities?

  • What infrastructure is required to enable individuals and societies to “begin anew?”

  • Are we building societies of trust and forgiveness?

April 29-30, 2020 - United Nations Headquarters in New York

The Secret to Real Security in Afghanistan


What is missing when women are missing from the table in Afghanistan? Hear first hand from voices often unheard by the media what Afghani families need, and how the international community can best help the country move forward.


Georgetown University School of Foreign Service students and Faculty present at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in collaboration with Women Forward International’s Light of Afghanistan Program.


April 29-30, 2020 - United Nations Headquarters in New York

Nourishing Minds in the United States:
Delivering the Abundance to those in Need - with Love

University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy students will present their impact assessment of a new school pantry program transforming the lives of single mothers and serving as a template for relieving hunger in the United States with White Pony Express at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.


An Action Plan for NATO on Countering Human Trafficking in the Balkans


What mechanisms should NATO put in place to effectively and efficiently combat and counter human trafficking, particularly as it relates to women and girls? Stanford University Freeman Spogli Institute students will present the action plan they develop for NATO at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.


May 2020 - The Aspen institute in Mexico City

Food Revolution? What’s at Stake for Mexico if We Don’t Empower Women Entrepreneurs?

​Harvard University Kennedy School students present with the Ananda Group and the Inter-American Development Bank next steps for implementing an effective business accelerator program and a comprehensive toolkit to support women and plant-based enterprises at the Aspen Institute in Mexico.

Overcoming the Wall Street Paradox: Getting a Greater Return by Investing in Women in Central America

Columbia University’s School of International and Public Policy students present with Pro Mujer the discrepancy between investors and women-led companies in Central America and Mexico at the Aspen Institute in Mexico City.

June 4, 2020 - Sciences Po in Paris

Joining Hands: How Women’s Collectives are Transforming the Culture of West Africa

The Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) will present with Équilibres et Populations (EquiPop), best practices on empowering young feminist collective action in Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal on the health and rights of women and girls. Location TBD in Paris, France.


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