This Sunday, March 4th, I’m honored to be the event MC for the esteemed the Iranian Circle of Women’s Intercultural Network (#ICWIN) proudly presents an International Women’s Day (#IWD) celebration at the Grand Ballroom at 4101 E Willow Street in Long Beach. This momentous event will take place from 12:30-3:30pm and will have many artists and activists in attendance. #ICWIN is honored to have Dr. Niaz Kasravi, a national expert and advocate on criminal justice, social justice and racial justice as the keynote speaker. Gloria Arellanes, the elder of Tongva/Los Angeles who for more than 40 years has been at the forefront of the Chicana and indigenous movements will start the program. Hanieh Jodat Barnes, Director of the Partnership of the Women’s March Foundation LA will moderate a panel of candidates running for public office in Orange County including Kia Hamadanchy (Candidate from District 45) and Rachel Payne (Candidate from District 48), who are running for Congress as well as Farrah Kahn (running for Irvine City Council) and Mona Ghalbi (Volunteer/Advocate at #NextGenAmerica). Other speakers are activists Elahe Amani (Global Chair of ICWIN) and Sudi Farokhnia (Steering Committee of ICWIN). I am so grateful to Elahe and Sudi for this wonderful opportunity. It’s been an interesting and inspiring year for women and I’m so glad they are bringing women’s issues to the forefront.
The talented violinist Justina Jones will play the violin while attendees enjoy the art gallery. The dance group of NKauj Hmoob Long Beach will bring joy to the stage on this International Women’s Day. A rising star, soprano at the age of 15, Ponthea Zahraii, will also take the stage.
The Circle is focused on raising consciousness on issues related to Iranian women both inside Iran and in the diasporas. In addition, the Circle aims to serve as a bridge, not only connecting the Iranian women’s communities, but also is in line with the idea of intersectionality in connecting them with other women of race, color, ethnicity, social and economic standing at a global level. Tickets are available at: