Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day.  I was invited by a friend of Tanenbaum (and a member of our Workplace Program Advisory Council), Ana Duarte McCarthy, to attend Citigroup’s roundtable discussion titled "View from the Top: A Conversation with Inspirational Leaders," celebrating women leaders. I am consistently impressed with Citi’s commitment to diversity of all sorts, and to recognizing talent. Working with Citi over the years, I have witnessed how the company recognizes the power of diversity’s forgotten child – religion – and addresses religious diversity and inclusion. Today’s program demonstrated their commitment in a new light and made me reflect.

I was moved by the panel of women leaders who spoke. The heads of companies. The head of a major global philanthropy. As they shared their stories, I was struck by their emphasis on the power of mentoring. It made me think about Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers and especially about our women Peacemakers and our new Network. 
Tanenbaum works with inspiring religiously-motivated women from across the globe who have a vision of their home countries as sanctuaries of peace rather than centers of violence. That’s what they work for and what we support. Two of them celebrated today in different ways. Nozizwe Madlala Rutledge, a Quaker from South Africa, honored women through her current work on women’s rights and interrupting the sexual trafficking of children. Jamila Afghani from Afghanistan participated in a call on Skype with other Tanenbaum Peacemakers about our new Network. During the call, Jamila spoke about her flourishing work with Imams to promote women’s rights, and shared that all the women she celebrates with today work and pray for a peaceful Afghanistan for all. The Peacemakers Network has a goal of tackling violence in conflicts worldwide – but it also is a place where the Peacemakers escape isolation and find fellowship, where new techniques for solving problems are shared and ideas emerge for forging ahead. In short, it is a place where some of the world’s great (and mostly ignored) heroes and heroines mentor each other. 
What a way to start this day. 
Joyce S. Dubensky