International Relations Committee
Chair: Marticia Madory 845/471-8577
WHAT DO IMMIGRANTS NEED TO KNOW
TO BECOME NATURALIZED UNITED STATES CITIZENS?
Can you answer this question? Could you answer it in an oral exam, speaking in English even if your native language is something different?
A: Principles of American Democracy
1) What is the supreme law of the land?
-- the United States Constitution
This is the first of 100 questions that individuals seeking to become American citizens must answer to qualify for naturalization. Watch this space for the next one, and compare your score with your colleagues.
DAYS FOR GIRLS WORKSHOPS CONTINUE APACE
Days for Girls workshops are an ongoing international activity of the Poughkeepsie Branch of AAUW. Joined by volunteers from throughout the community, the workshops produce feminine hygiene kits for girls living in developing countries, refugee camps, and shelters in the United States. Without the kits, which last for 3 - 5 years, the girls would miss 5 - 7 days of school each month. Some of the volunteers engage in sewing, but many other skills are utilized in the production and assembly process, as illustrated in these photos.
Scenes from the Days for Girls workshop on October 20, 2018, when two dozen volunteers -- including 12 students from Marist College - worked for 3 hours completing the many tasks involved in kit production:
For further information about the worldwide Days for Girls program, go to www.daysforgirls.org.
Plans for 2018 - 19
The International Relations Committee will have a new theme this year:
“International in Our Own Backyard”
We will be making an effort to identify the international facets of our local community – including foreign students and faculty, immigrants – both experienced and recent arrivals and refugees, diplomatic and consular staff with homes in our communities, foreign employees of local corporations and institutions – and form personal relationships with the women among them. We will examine the ethical, religious, and ethnic aspects of our differences, as well as our similarities, with a goal of achieving tolerance, understanding, and compassion. And we will share our cultures – our food, our music, our literature, our crafts – as a way of expanding all of our horizons.
We will also reach out to other local organizations that can provide rich resources for these examinations, such as the Dutchess County Interfaith Council, the Dutchess County Human Rights Commission, the Dutchess County Women’s Leadership Alliance, and the World Affairs Council of the Hudson Valley. For example, AAUW members will participate in events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, which was shepherded to adoption at the United Nations General Assembly by Dutchess County’s own Eleanor Roosevelt. One of those events will take place at the Wallace Center of the FDR Library and Museum on Friday December 7.
The month of March will be a particularly busy one for AAUW members with international interests, when they will observe International Women’s Day locally, and also attend a series of conferences produced by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in Manhattan.
Join us and help make these activities meaningful experiences for all who participate.
Poughkeepsie AAUW International Committee has two outside events in which they participate.
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Each March, our members travel as a group to the United Nations to attend a series of conferences mounted by the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We join other women from across the globe to consider, together, the issues we face, and the progress of solutions in the field or in various stages of development.
International Women's Day
Also in March, AAUW participates in a program that celebrates International Women’s Day, organized by the Women’s Leadership Alliance. This celebration takes different forms from a walk on the Walkway Over the Hudson, to is a fair with booths staffed by many local organizations, lectures, performances, and lots of networking! In 2018 the Women’s Leadership Alliance organized a bus trip to NYC with private tour of New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The day also included guest speakers and a viewing of “We Rise,” a film narrated by Meryl Streep that puts women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century.
International Women's Day 2017
On March 8, 2017, International Women's Day was celebrated with a fair at Dutchess Community College where booths were staffed by many local organizations, lectures were given, performances were enjoyed, and lots of networking was done!
Top: Poet Gold, C. McGill, D. Kelly, C. Durkin, M. DeWald, Bottom: B. Harrel, M. DeWald, S. Govender, M. Nijhuis, D. Kelly
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2017
Plans were made for Poughkeepsie to attend CSW on March 14, 2017 however the weather had a different idea with snow in NYC (left) and snow in Poughkeepsie (right).
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