Courageous Conversations: How Do Women Immigrants Build Bridges As They Cross Borders?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2023

What does it mean for women leaders to cross borders and build bridges between their new community and their homeland? What are the challenges and what are the opportunities? What is the overall impact of this cross-fertilization process when it comes to social change?

The number of international migrants is at a high point. In this Courageous Conversation, we hear unique immigration stories from three Girl Child Long Walk Fellows and how their immigrations impacted their desire to do good and help others. Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, Girl Child Long Walk Senior Project Consultant, facilitated the conversation. 

More About Our Speakers

Juliana Avila
Wolfsburg, Germany (originally from Brazil)
Founder, Aquarela Frauengruppe e.V., an organization led by immigrant women to support and empower migrants

Leslye Obiora
Tucson, Arizona, USA (originally from Nigeria)
Convener, Leadership Enterprise for African Development (LEAD), whose vision is to positively impact political and business leadership, improve civic society and encourage sustainable business practices

Thien-Nhien Luong
San Jose, California, USA (originally from Vietnam)
President, Vietnamese American Non-governmental Organization (VANGO) Network, which addresses rising needs due to climate change and political instabilities through community-participatory processes

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