Thursday, February 23, 2017

AYF to Host ‘Armenian Women: Resisting, Rising, and Reframing’

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—A community celebration of International Women’s Day featuring panelists, performances, and art titled “Armenian Women: Resisting, Rising, and Reframing,” will take place on Sunday, March 5 at the Hollywood Armenian Center (1559 N Kenmore Ave, Los Angeles, California) hosted by Armenian Youth Federation’s United Human Rights Council (AYF-UHRC) and AYF Hollywood “Musa Ler” Chapter.
“We aim to empower our community, especially the youth, by reminding us all about the powerful legacy we inherit from Armenian women and highlighting the leaders we have in this community today,” said the AYF in a written statement.
“We celebrate the diversity of Armenian women and the very diversity that makes our community of women so strong and unique,” the statement continued.
The event will feature thought talks with community members, activists, and thinkers who will each discuss what being an “Armenian Woman” means to them, what barriers they have faced, and how they have created their identity while facing various social norms and struggles.
The program will also feature dance and spoken word performances by local Armenian youth. The event will also feature an art exhibit, spotlighting Armenian women throughout history.
Special edition “Women’s Day” t-shirts will be available for sale at the event. Proceeds will support the Armenian Relief Society’s Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center in order to raise awareness about and proactively prevent domestic violence in the Armenian community locally and abroad.
The event is a part of the AYF-UHRC’s “Project Ser” campaign (in Armenian, ‘Ser’ means both love and gender), which strives to make gender equality and inclusivity a reality and a practice in communities and organizing spaces.
The United Human Rights Council (UHRC) is a committee of the Armenian Youth Federation. By means of action on a grassroots level, the UHRC works towards exposing and correcting human rights violations of governments worldwide, and aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between peoples who share this common vision.
Founded in 1933 with organizational structures in over 17 regions around the world and a legacy of over eighty years of community involvement, the Armenian Youth Federation is the largest and most influential Armenian-American youth organization in the world, working to advance the social, political, educational and cultural awareness of Armenian youth.

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