Inspiring Change: Maxwell Graduates Promoting Equality Locally and Globally

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 20 at 2 p.m., the International Relations program at Maxwell hosted at Alumnae Panel: “Inspiring Change: Maxwell Graduates Promoting Equality Locally and Globally.”

International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women. The idea for a day of recognition was originally proposed in 1910 by Clara Zetkin, the leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. The proposal received unanimous assent from over 100 women representing 17 countries. Since 1975, the United Nations has observed International Women’s Day annually as part of its official calendar.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who play an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. The Maxwell School celebration recognizes and honors those working to make the world more just.

Featured alumnae on the panel included:

Flavia Rey de Castro (MPA ’12, MA ’13), from Peru, who came to the U.S. to pursue undergraduate study in Geography. After earning her degree, she worked in rural development. Ms. Rey de Castro earned Master’s Degrees in Geography and Public Administration from the Maxwell School. She is currently the Youth Development Director, YWCA of Syracuse, where she oversees Girls Incorporated programs in the area.

Katharyn van der Veen (MPA, MAIR ’12), a senior policy adviser on gender integration with the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. She previously worked on issues of gender mainstreaming and access to information programs with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gender main-streaming and post-conflict reconstruction work in the Middle East and North Africa, and international relief response with the American Red Cross. She earned Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and International Relations from the Maxwell School.

Anne Wadsworth (EMPA ’09), Founder and Executive Director of the Girls Education Collaborative. In addition to GEC, Ms. Wadsworth serves on the board of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy group. She was Campaign Director for Alice Kryzan for Congress in 2008. Ms. Wadsworth served as Executive Director of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a girls school in Kenya. She earned an Executive Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School.

Videos from the event can be found here.

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