Women of the World is excited to welcome all attendees to The United Nations Civil Societies Conference being held in Salt Lake City next week, 26-28 August. Women of the World staff and volunteers have been very active in planning this conference. Samira was selected to speak on the Peaceful Societies Thematic Session Panel
One of the most lovely things about a women’s organization is that our supporters involve their families from the start. There is an intergenerational draw—women bring their kids to play as they mentor, daughters bring their mothers to meet our executive staff and link their family foundation to our work.
That is how we met the wonderful donor behind the Displaced Women’s Scholarship Fund—through her daughter—women committed to helping women with hearts and hands. Their family trusted us to setup the scholarship and we are proud to present their stories here.
Announcing the Women of the World 9th Annual Fashion Show Gala on 6 March starting at 5:30pm at The Falls Event Venue in Trolley Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Every year, the Fashion show is an opportunity to highlight something displaced women can teach us. Last year we highlighted the harms of barriers and the benefits of community, this year we move with momentum forward to restore hope. A hope--we are reminded--that is also the object of a journey we take together. The hope we are restoring is at once audacious and an incentive to act.
WoW Executive Director Samira Harnish speaks with podcast producer Emily Means about Harnish's recent recognition by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Harnish was honored as a 2018 Nansen Refugee Award finalist, representing the Americas region.
Refugee Support is a non-profit that offers humanitarian aid with dignity to refugees, while also supporting the local economy. Their response is tailored to local needs and conditions, and designed to bring a sense of normality to what are often very challenging situations.
Samira Harnish took part in the UNHCR Nansen Awards Ceremony in Geneva Switzerland. She was recognized for work resettling refugee women in the Americas.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) located in Geneva, Switzerland announced on 10 September 2018 that Samira Harnish, the Founder and Executive Director of Women of the World, is the 2018 Americas Region Nansen Award Finalist. The award ceremony will be held on October 1st in Geneva, Switzerland.
Women of the World is excited to promote this amazing book of seeking refuge and making a life of resettlement. WoW is working with the publishers and Clemantine to have a Skype chat hosted by a local library... so stay tuned for details.
In an earlier iteration of the Board of Directors, we questioned what would we call our clients. Clients seemed like something too cold, too quota driven, too non-profit industrial complex. That committee came up with new neighbors and it stuck. When I think of Utahns, I think the majority just want to be good neighbors. The other way we talk about our new neighbors – and this is all Samira – is as "our ladies."
Three thousand miles. That’s how far Josephine walked through the jungle to escape the bloody civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo to reach South Africa. Josephine's indomitable spirit helped her escape from war-torn Congo and adjust to her new life in Utah. Her story will touch your heart.
There is no single story of an immigrant or a refugee, of heartache or war, just as there is no single story of any human being or human experience.
The refugee women who visit Women of the World’s office come with different stories, different burdens, and different challenges, but they all seem to have one thing in common: their heartfelt appreciation and affection for case manager Abby Bossart.
What rights do human’s have to refuge? How far wrong is the value-claim that fails to extend any help to the victims of war and genocide? What has been our role in resettling refugees in previous administrations? What are the international legal precedents?
Kaltum, a refugee from Sudan who arrived in Salt Lake City in 2013, took her love of cooking and turned it into a new business: "Mother of All" catering.
WoW loves Utah, gives in Utah! We celebrate our central piece of the Rocky Mountain region, a union of the quite of outdoors entertainment and the rush of entrepreneurial growth. Our ladies are made to feel at home and know they have opportunities in Utah, so please give generously to our LUGU campaign this Thursday, 30 March.
Did you hear the Women of Courage concerts? One of the members of the Canyon Singers, Nan McEntire, shares her impressions of the experience.On March 17th and 18th Women of Courage, the musical creation of Patty Willis and Mary Lou Prince, came to life in Salt Lake City. Although there was no admission fee, donations were plentiful, and half of the amount collected at the door went to Women of the World. As one of the singers in the choir, I realized that Women of the World was the best possible organization to have benefitted from these performances.
In the concert "Women of Courage" there is an unveiling of a monument of words and song. We dedicate our transcendental selves to reverence for those that nurtured our better future. On Friday, 17 March and Saturday, 18 March join us for this special celebration of Women of Courage.
The 2017 Women of the World Fashion Show strove to model the world we desire: women from all nations showing off the uniqueness of their culture surrounded by the loving support of a community. The healing of this event is apparent as I look through the photos and enjoy the comments on social media.