Monday, March 5, 2007

European Exchange Trip

Refugee Women's Network's executive director, Ms. BryAnn Chen, has been awarded a Marshall Memorial Fund fellowship by the German Marshall Fund.

As a result, in March 2007 she will be traveling throughout Europe, meeting formally and informally with a range of policymakers and prominent members of the business, government, political, non-profit/non-governmental organization (NGO), and media communities.

Her particular focus will be to learn about:
  • women’s rights efforts
  • immigration policies
  • refugee resettlement processes
  • efforts by refugees and immigrants to help other refugees and immigrants acculturate
  • leadership opportunities for foreign-born women
  • sources of support for nonprofit organizations / nongovernmental organizations
  • philanthropy in Europe

This fellowship is a wonderful opportunity for Refugee Women's Network to learn about other programs and models that promote refugee and immigrant women's independence, self-sufficiency, and networking.

Her itinerary includes visits to

  • Paris, France
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Rome, Italy
  • Belgrade, Serbia
  • Brussels, Belgium

In the coming weeks, she will be using this blog to record her immediate impressions about the agencies and people she meets as well as other aspects of her trip.

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