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Women Empowering Women Worldwide: A Panel Discussion and Your Role

Monday, March 25, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Norwegian Seaman’s Church 317 E. 52nd St. (Between 2nd and 1st Avenues)
Contact: Sandy Merrill & Phyllis Meissel

New York Life is the exclusive sponsor for this event.


Special Event

Every year countries around the world celebrate March 8, International Women’s Day. This Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe and since then has assumed a global dimension. 

The international women's movement has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, the first of which was in 1975.  This has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.  The month of March has been designated as Women’s History Month here in the U.S. and other countries around the world.

The New York chapter of The Transition Network (TTN) is delighted to host an event celebrating International Women's Day. We will have a panel discussion on global progress and challenges for women with three women who are playing a huge role in building women's rights and advancement around the world.  

Come learn how you can get more involved in this vital work!  

Kanni Wignaraja is a senior official at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She will talk about the historic 2030 Agenda for Transformation adopted by 196 countries at the United Nations in 2015. This Agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was based on extensive conversations with, and recommendations by, citizens worldwide. With its underpinning theme of leaving no one behind, recognizing that women are a critical enabler of the overall success of sustainable global progress.

Michaela Walsh founded Women's World Banking in 1979, the first ever organization to provide microcredit to women around the world, and today contributes to lifting thousands of women, families and communities out of poverty.

She will talk about her experience in mobilizing the voices of women and her views on the challenges for women as leaders in the world today and going forward.

Mary Goldsmith Mahoney is Founder/President of Women Light The World, a nonprofit she launched last year –after a life-changing trip to the remotest area of Nepal, bordering Tibet, in 2015.   Women Light The World aims to empower illiterate and semi-literate women who live in some of the most remote and rural communities in the world and drive sustainability by bringing solar technology to their communities. She will talk about the pilot project and future efforts in Nepal and elsewhere. 

We urge you to sign up quickly for this event as space is limited!!!


Payments by check must be received 7 DAYS before the event, or registration will be cancelled

Refunds can only be made for cancellations received at least two weeks (14 calendar days) before the event.     

Please send all refund requests to the Committee Chair: Name: Sandy Merrill, Email: