On behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program, the Institute of International Education is hosting a program for a group of seventeen women from around the world who are active in programs addressing the needs of young women. The program, titled “Education and Activism for Young Women,” is taking place over three weeks in November and December. Participants started in Washington and will visit three other U.S. cities.
As described by the Institute of Internation Education, the purposes of the program are to
To examine ways to cultivate leadership in young females and encourage them to take action to improve communities through developing skills such as critical thinking, self-awareness and team building;
To emphasize the importance of girls’ and women’s leadership, civic participation and volunteerism as components of civic life in the United States and around the world;
To explore creative partnerships between nongovernmental organizations, community groups, public and private schools and government agencies in addressing issues of concern to girls and women.
The Washington Middle School for Girls was selected to participate as a host school and was pleased to welcome the group on Thursday, November 29th. The visitors spent the morning at WMSG observing classes, talking with teachers, school leadership, and students, and even had a chance to shoot hoops with Sister Mary while she toured them through THEARC facility. The guests were particularly interested in the all-girls educational model, while WMSG students were eager to participate in a cross-cultural exchange with courageous women from countries such as Bulgaria, Cameroon, the Netherlands, South Korea, Russia and Yemen (among others.)