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Iowa International Center To Host International Women of Courage Awardee in Des Moines
As a regional partner in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the Iowa International Center has been selected to host an International Women of Courage awardee in central Iowa from March 9 through 12, 2014.
2014 International Women of Courage honoree Ms. Roshika Deo will be a guest of the Iowa International Center during the four day visit. Roshika is a feminist and political activist with the Be the Change Campaign in Fiji; she is also a candidate in the national elections. During her visit to central Iowa, Roshika will meet a diverse range of youth advocacy and community leaders to learn more about local programs that help young people develop engagement in government, community service and leadership.
About Roshika Deo
Roshika Deo has been a vocal advocate for Fiji’s return to democracy and for the participation of women and youth in her country’s the democratization process. She was one of the very first candidates in the country to announce her intention to stand in Fiji’s 2014 elections, the first since a military coup in 2006. Despite intense criticism and threats of violence and financial difficulties, Roshika and her “Be the Change” political campaign are inspiring a new generation of Fijian women and youth to believe in democracy and the power of civic participation. Roshika has also been one of Fiji’s most outspoken critics of violence and discrimination against women and girls, and has publicly stood up for government accountability.
Dr. Judith Conlin, Executive Director of the Iowa International Center is delighted at the opportunity to host one of the International Women of Courage honorees. “It is a great honor for the Iowa International Center to be selected as one of the hosts for the International Women of Courage awardees,” says Dr. Conlin. “Roshika’s work in the area of violence and discrimination against women and girls is a compelling model for Iowans, and Iowans, too, will provide an inspiring model for Ms. Deo to take back to her country.”
About the International Women of Courage Award
The 2014 Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Through this annual award, the United States honors the endeavors of extraordinary women worldwide who have played transformative roles in their societies.
On March 4, Deputy Secretary Higginbottom and First Lady Michelle Obama presented 10 extraordinary women from 10 countries with the 2014 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Awardees then travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for related activities. In the second week, participants will split and have two days of individual programming in various cities – including Des Moines – before reconvening in Chicago, Illinois for networking sessions and activities designed to plan future cooperation.
The 2014 International Women of Courage awardees are:
Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Director, Malalai Maternity Hospital Kabul (Afghanistan)
Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 76 women from 49 different countries.
About the Iowa International Center and the International Visitor Leadership Program
Iowa International Center (IIC) is the oldest and most established international agency to serve Iowans. IIC’s mission is to build cultural respect at home and around the world one person at a time. For more than 75 years, IIC has offered personal and professional opportunities linking Iowans with peoples from around the world.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of State and USAID, IIC’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) has enabled thousands of Iowans to build new partnerships on a professional, personal level and educational level. Through the generosity of the Sehgal Family Foundation and the establishment of the Sehgal Family International Visitors Center, IIC annually hosts a wide variety of global leaders, from Germany, Portugal, Morocco, China, Indonesia, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Burma, and more. Leaders selected to travel to Des Moines enjoy professional programming on topics such as food safety and public health, the U.S. electoral system, human rights, biotechnology regulations, veterinary practices, and agribusiness. IVLP generates almost $1 million annually in revenue for the state of Iowa.
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“Schooling in a Crisis:
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Iowa International Center Welcomes
Prairie Meadows Grant To Help Provide 24/7 Emergency Resource Services for Iowa Immigrants & Refugees
The Iowa International Center recently received a 2014 Community Betterment Grant from Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino to support our 24/7 Prairie Meadows Lifeline. This one-of-a-kind resource is offered to limited English proficient (LEP) individuals facing a serious threat to life or well-being, for their safety and security. This service is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 220 languages. Thank you to Prairie Meadows for the continuation of support for this essential resource.The 24/7 Emergency Hotline can be accessed by calling the Iowa International Center at 515-282-8269 and selecting extension 5.