Press Statement | March 8, 2024

International Women's Day - A tribute to refugee, immigrant and newcomer women

ECDC’s DC Metro branch, the African Community Center (ACC DC) organized an event on Thursday here at ECDC’s headquarter’ s community hall in Arlington, Va,, to celebrate International Women’s Day. In attendance were refugee women, their children, and ECDC staff. The fun-filled event featured music, food, dancing, a henna station, and a lively dance performance by a group. The event was also an opportunity to network.

Arlington, Va., March 8, 2024 – On International Women’s Day, we pause to honor the extraordinary resilience, strength, and contributions of refugee, immigrant, and newcomer women around the world. In the face of adversity, they embody courage, fortitude, and unwavering determination to rebuild their lives and create a better future for themselves and their families, said Tsehaye Teferra, Ph.D., President & CEO of ECDC.

For refugee, immigrant, and displaced women, the journey to safety and security is often perilous, marked by violence, displacement, and uncertainty. Yet, they persevere, facing unimaginable challenges with grace and resilience. Women, especially homemakers, bear the brunt of violence and displacement, whether they embark on dangerous journeys to flee conflict or remain behind to safeguard their families.

Once relocated, whether it be a makeshift shelter, refugee camp, or a humble apartment, women quickly become the backbone of their family’s survival and resilience. They adapt swiftly, stretching every resource to ensure that their families have the necessities they need to keep going. They are the true warriors, building communities, navigating markets, and ensuring that their families are safe and can thrive in their new surroundings.

In our host communities across the U.S., women play a pivotal role in welcoming and supporting newcomers. They are tireless volunteers in schools and healthcare facilities, providing essential care and guidance to those in need. Their compassion, empathy, and generosity know no bounds, embodying the spirit of solidarity and sisterhood.

This International Women’s Day, let us stand in solidarity with refugee, immigrant and displaced women, honoring their strength, resilience, and contributions to our shared humanity. Let us envision a future where the suffering of women is alleviated, and where every woman has the opportunity to flourish and realize her full potential.

Together, let us work towards a world where every woman, regardless of her background or circumstance, is empowered to thrive and succeed. Because when women rise, we all rise.

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Lullit Paulos, lpaulos@ecdcus.org