On March 8th 2018, the International Institute in the U.S. will be hosting its yearly lunch on International Women’s Day as a way of celebrating the gains woman business leaders and immigrants have made in the country. International Women’s Day is world women’s day designated as a women’s empowerment day.
There are three immigrant women who are going to be showcased at the event as examples of what women can really achieve.
Razia Jan has become known for her role as the president and founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope foundation. This is a non-profit organisation aimed at empowering girls and young women in Afghanistan through education in the community. Razia migrated in 1970 to the United States. She owned a small tailoring concern in Duxbury, Massachusetts and for a period of 20 years was the town’s Rotary Club president.
Following September 11, Razia was instrumental in getting the community in New England to provide more than 400 blankets to the rescue workers working at Ground Zero following the September 11 event. Later on she started to gather care packages to be sent to US troops based in Afghanistan and also coordinated the sending to Afghanistan of 30,000 pairs of shoes to Afghan children. For her work, Razia was awarded in 2012 CNN Top 10 Hero. In 2014, she was named Social Innovator by the Lewis Institute at Babson College and in 2015 she was awarded a Woman of Action award from Rotary International at the United Nations in New York City.
Eveline Buchatskiy, an immigrant from Brazil, is joint-founder and managing partner of a company called One Way Ventures. This is based in Boston as a seed fund for immigrants who are outstanding and are keen to begin start-ups in the tech industry. She believes that immigrants make great leaders as they come to the U.S. determined to succeed with no intention of returning home. Eveline worked for 10 years as a control and process systems engineer for several projects, worth multimillion dollars for the industrial gas industry.
Colette Phillips emigrated from Antigua and is the president and founder of CPC Communications, a marketing and public relations boutique firm based in Boston’s Financial District. She has been so influential in Boston that she is often referred to as a game changer and a visionary. She is recognised and respected for her ability to create inter-racial business relations.