NEW YORK — The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will hold its 56th session this year on the theme “The Empowerment of Rural Women and Their Role in Poverty and Hunger Eradication: Development and Current Challenges.”
The Armenian International Women’s Association will participate in the meeting by sponsoring a workshop on the opening day of the session, Monday, February 27, beginning at 6:15 p.m. CSW sessions attract hundreds of women annually to New York from all parts of the world.
The AIWA workshop will focus on issues relating to the position of rural women in Armenia, enhanced by perspectives gained from programs developed in other nations.
Illustrated presentations by two professionals experienced in working with rural women will evaluate various strategies used to address the empowerment of women.
The first presenter, Sara Anjargolian, is a photographer and attorney in Los Angeles who has documented the lives of the Zulu people in South Africa, the plight of the extreme poor in Armenia, and the status of refugees living along the border with Azerbaijan in Armenia’s rural areas. She will speak about the power of images to inform and inspire social change and about her personal transformation while spending time with these groups of people.
Anjargolian will also address the benefits of partnering documentary photographers and media professionals with aid organizations, focusing specifically on how narrative imagery can empower the individuals depicted and help contextualize their unique challenges and triumphs.