ASA: Armenian Students Association

Rural Women: Portrayal and Empowerment
Date: Monday February 27th 2012  
Time: 6:15 to 7:45
On the occasion of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Sara Anjargolian and Ana Christine Schrinian speak about their work.

On the occasion of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the Armenian International Women’s Association Presents

Rural Women: Portrayal and Empowerment

February 27, 2012

6:15 - 7:45 pm

UN Church Center, Drew Room

777 First Ave at 44th St., New York

Sara Anjargolian will share insights from her work in Armenia, South Africa, and beyond. She recently documented the lives of the Zulu people in their battle with HIV/AIDS and TB in rural South Africa, the plight of the extreme poor in Armenia, and the status of refugees in villages along the border with Azerbaijan. Anjargolian will speak about the power of images to empower, inform, and inspire, and the benefits of partnering  documentary photographers and media professionals with aid organizations. Anjargolian is a documentary photographer and an attorney focused on visual storytelling projects that seek to inspire social change. She is a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship and a United Nations award for her photography. Anjargolian partners with nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of human rights issues and humanitarian crises. She holds a BA from the University of California Los Angeles and a law degree from Berkeley.

Ana Christine Schirinian will describe the agricultural development project she oversees in Armavir province in Armenia, with a special emphasis on the ways rural women have been affected. She will then compare her experience in Armenia with other agricultural projects with which she has been associated in Argentina, Morocco, and Italy. Schirinian is an attorney and agricultural development specialist. She is currently the director of Tierras de Armenia, an organization that has introduced modern agricultural methods to Armenia, and she is also associated with similar programs in Argentina, Morocco, Italy, and other nations. A native of Argentina, she has degrees from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and the Sorbonne, Paris. For the past several years, she has served as a special assistant to businessman Eduardo Eurnekian, head of Corporacion America.

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