April 10, 2017

Dear FGW Friends,

Welcome to the FGW spring newsletter.

We are very pleased to announce that our 6th Global Women's convening will take place July 17-19 in Oslo, Norway.   

We had planned to hold this convening in Washington DC.  However, on the advice of several members of Congress and our friends at the US Institute for Peace, we decided to change the location. Frankly, we were concerned about the atmosphere in DC with the new administration.  Also, we didn't know what kind of visa issues our convening participants from the middle east might run into.  Fortunately, our good friend and supporter Orlyn Kringstad, former director of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights - US Foundation, has introduced us to his many contacts in Oslo including the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) where we will hold our meetings.

I attended a program at the Humphrey School, University of Minnesota with the Norwegian Ambassador to the US, Kare Aas.

Our next newsletter will highlight our daily speakers scheduled for Oslo who will speak on the topic of countering violent extremism.

Happy holidays to all!
Peace, Salaam, Shalom,
Sandy Pappas
President, Forward Global Women

Forward Global Women strongly condemns the bombing of Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta, Egypt.  We stand with peace loving people in Egypt and all over the world to oppose violent extremism and religious intolerance. Our sympathy goes out to the family members of those killed and injured and to the entire Coptic Christian community in Egypt.

March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

How did you celebrate March 8th? 

Top Photograph: Women in Cairo Egypt, take to the streets in honor of International Women's Day. [Photo Credit Boston Globe-- Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters]

Bottom Left: FGW President, Sandy Pappas, joined fellow women legislators, staff and advocates in gathering at the Minnesota State Capitol in support of International Women's Day.

Bottom Right: FGW's Program Manager, Rachel Carlson, attended the reveal of the Fearless Girl Statue, located on Wall Street in NYC.

Our convening participants have been busy this year!

Catch up with our team leaders:

Visit our website for more information and learn how you can become involved!

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