CWA, WAO to lead Women’s Month celebration

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THE CNMI Women’s Association and the Women’s Affairs Office will hold a series of activities to celebrate and recognize women for the vital role they play in society.

A proclamation signing has been set for Feb. 28 at the multi-purpose center.

All activities are aligned with this year’s theme, Continuing to Rise: Women Leading Sustainable Development,” according to the overall chair for Women’s Month activities, Sharina Clark.

She said they want to focus on women’s sustainable development.

“Women are only recognized as leaders at home. They seldom are recognized for being leaders in government or even entrepreneurship,” Clark added.

In the CNMI, she said, a lot of women hold top positions in the government and the private sector, but it is not something that is highlighted.

“It is empowering for young girls to know that there are lots of things they can achieve,” Clark added.

From left, seated: Annamae Adaza, CNMI Women’s Association board member; Shirley Camacho-Ogumoro, special advisor for Women’s Affairs Office and co-chair of the Women’s Month committee; Sharina Clark, Women’s Month committee overall chair; Del Lieto, Women’s Mini Expo committee chair; Pat Mareham, co-chair, Women’s Mini Expo committee; and, standing, Felicidad Ogumoro, CNMI Women’s Association administrator.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

On March 6, first lady Diann Torres and second lady Wella Palacios will recognize five successful women who have faced obstacles and overcame them.

The deadline for submission of nominations has been extended to Feb. 21, 2020, Friday. The deadline was originally set for Feb. 17, special advisor for WAO Shirley Camacho-Ogumoro said.

Women’s Day is celebrated internationally on March 8. In the CNMI, CWA and WAO will organize the celebration on March 7, CWA board member Annamae Adaza said.

Women from different ethnic groups will participate by presenting their respective cultures, including their cuisines, she added.

“We will have a short program, and we are expecting 14 to 16 groups on that day,” Adaza also said.

Del Lieto, cultural program coordinator of the Carolinian Affairs Office, will lead the planning for the first annual Women’s Mini Expo with Pat Mareham as co-chair.

“We want women entrepreneurs and artists — those that haven’t been ‘exposed’ in the community. We want to promote them,” Lieto said, adding that the mini expo will be held on March 24 at the Carolinian Utt in Garapan.

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