International Women’s Day Conference 2023

International Women’s Day “Moving the Equity Needle Forward.” Be influenced, informed, and inspired

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 South 19th Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55455


About the Event
On March 8, 2023, Isuroon and International Leadership Institute are hosting International Women’s Day. It will take place at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and a continental breakfast will be served.

Participants will be influenced, informed, and inspired by conference goals:

  • To empower women and develop strategies to resolve community-wide challenges;
  • To reconnect and refresh relationships after the pandemic; and
  • To enhance cultural competency by networking, engaging in cross-cultural discussions, and developing strategies to achieve positive and lasting social change.


Keynote Speaker: coming soon


Workshops and Break-Out Sessions:

Bush Foundation Innovation Report on Female Genital Cutting: Fartun Weli, CEO of Isuroon will share the findings from Isuroon’s Two-Year Bush Foundation Innovation research report on FGC and its health implications. Given the data, how do we move forward to improve maternal and child health?

Impact of Racism on Out-of-Home Placement Crisis: A panel discussion led by Child Welfare System practitioners will highlight racial disparities in out-of-home placements. Community responses and recommendations will be developed by attendees to reverse this negative trend.

Dismantling Sexual and Domestic Violence: A discussion about sexual and domestic violence will be facilitated that highlights their negative impacts on women and their families. Participants will share their insights and develop strategies on how to best combat it through education and awareness.

Educational Achievement Gap: Sharon El Amin, Minneapolis School Board, will share information about the educational achievement gap between students of African descent and their white counterparts. Together we will explore solutions.

Equity Discussion: What have we accomplished? What are the barriers? How can we take personal responsibility in our individual areas of influence to achieve equity?

Housing Crisis, Homelessness, and Homeownership – Where do we go from here? Isuroon panelists, Ramla Elmi and Alisha Bowen, will share information about the housing crisis, homelessness rates, and barriers to homeownership, and lead the audience in an exercise about potential remedies.

Improving Infant and Maternal Mortality in the African Diaspora Locally and Globally: Retired Judge LaJune Thomas Lange will lead a panel discussion by health leaders from Africa and the U.S. about the global impact of infant and maternal health on the African diaspora.

Legislative Priorities: Legislators will share how women will benefit during this legislative session.

Entertainments – art and music. Network over hot tea and Sambousa.

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