October 29, 2020, 12noon-1:00pm

Counsel Of Leopards

A Call for a New Humanity

Wonder Womanism and the Power of Love

Women, the largest, broadest, oldest, most omnipresent and eternally oppressed group in human history: It is time to turn the mirror on ourselves to reflect on where we have been and how far we have truly come. Humanity cannot advance without the transformative power of love. 


On October 29th, 12noon – 1:15pm, Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, will moderate a Fireside Chat on where we stand and what the “power of love” has to do with transforming humanity. 


Together with changemakers and award-winning artists whose work puts into question the status quo in their countries and speaks the unspeakable, the Counsel of Leopards event will bridge the gap between the heart and the mind, demanding real change at this momentous time in human history.

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Fall 2020 - Sciences Po in Paris

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

The Paris Institute of Political Studies


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.


June 3, 2020

300 Days of Sun, How Many More Days of Slaves?

Stanford University


Students provided recommendations related to the issue of human trafficking tailored for the international community's needs. Students developed a “Countering Human Trafficking in the Balkans Strategy”, which includes milestones, measurable key performance indicators (KPIs), recommendations and political statements for the Heads of States and Government and resources for the international community's further work on the issue. The Strategy also addresses ways the international community can cooperate with the UN and other international organizations on the issue and will build on their existing documents and practices, while considering the international community’s specific defense perspectives and needs.



June 2, 2020 

What's Love Got to Do with It? 

University of California, Berkeley


University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy students gave a virtual presentation on  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.





May 21, 2020 

The Aspen institute in Mexico City

The New Day's Heroes Arise

Harvard University and Columbia University

Columbia University’s School of International and Public Policy students gave a virtual presentation to Pro Mujer on the discrepancy between investors and women-led companies in Central America and Mexico.

​Harvard University Kennedy School students presented the Ananda Group 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.

April 30, 2020 

Light of Afghanistan

Georgetown University

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 gave a virtual presentation of their research in collaboration with Women Forward International’s Light of Afghanistan Program.


WFI's first group of Afghan delegates from our Light of Afghanistan Program  met virtually with students and faculty of the Georgetown University through virtual sessions to discuss security and other international relations issues. 


The Georgetown University students had the opportunity to interview and collaborate with their Afghan Women's nonprofit client partners on a report that will be published by the United Nations (UNITAR). This collaboration will be the inauguration of WFI’s Qatari-Afghan-American women’s network, which will provide a safe space for women to share their cultural and religious experiences and encourage their successful navigation through social and religious barriers that limit their freedom. 

December 14-15, 2019 - Doha Forum

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

National Defense University

For the 2019 Doha Forum, Women Forward International curated an event that addressed an under-researched and yet vital topic to curtailing the spread of extremism globally and maintaining international security. We featured 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.

From Left to Right: 

Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Ph.D.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Iman Omar Suleiman

Farida Abbos Khalaf

Mia Bloom

Topics included:

  • 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?​​

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

Dra. Marcella Lembert, Vice President Mexico Environment, Social and Governance Bank of America Merrill Lynch speaks on how banks can empower women entrepreneurs at the launch of WFI at the Aspen Institute in Mexico City, May 2019

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



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