World Affairs Council Delegation- IGNITE Workshop



Hi All,

We had a fabulous event today with amazing people from all around the world who do such important work with students, particularly girls.

IGNITE has worked with the International Visitors Program: World Affairs Council for over 8 years.  IGNITE holds workshops for visiting delegations who are interested in educating girls about STEM focused careers. IGNITE is a program that can be replicated and scaled anywhere in the world, so it makes a great fit for any educator or community leader wishing to inspire girls in their communities about STEM careers. There was a great amount of interest today in pursuing a relationship with IGNITE and using the program. We are excited to re-connect with these delegates when they get home and will report back on any IGNITE chapter development that takes place in the near future.


It was such an honor to meet and hear about the work these women do at home in their communities. I am happy to say that they were very interested in pursuing how they can integrate IGNITE into their current schools and programs. The participants asked such insightful questions! It was indeed my honor to meet such inspirational women and hear about their work and challenges. I look forward to beginning our work together and having more chapters around the world.


I want to thank the World Affairs Council, for calling on IGNITE to do this work with this very important delegation. A big thank you to our WAC representative Taylor Timinsky, who set it all up and made the day so special for us. Thank you to all of the State Department representatives who attended and help these delegations with their visits. And thank you to Bill St. John for taking the photos for us.

Thank you again for an amazing day,



I look forward to working again with all of the following participants.

Represented today was:

Afghanistan Ms. Wolayat TABASUM
Student Recruiter, American University of Afghanistan
Australia Ms. Selena Jane Malijarri UIBO
Labor Party Member for Arnhem, Northern Territory Legislature

Bangladesh Ms. Mymuna MONEM
Central Committee Member, Jatiotabadi Chattradol, Bangladesh Nationalist Party
Barbados Ms. Shantel LYNCH
Special Education Teacher, Irving Wilson School
Botswana Ms. Vehae Winnie TJIRIANGE
Founder and Coordinator, Queen Esther

AfghanistanMs. Wolayat TABASUM

Cyprus Ms. Maria ALEXANDROU
Director, Early-School Leavers Program
EgyptMs. Amal Salama Nasralla NASR
Lecturer, English Language, Sinai University
Ethiopia Ms. Meseret Manni MARUTA
Head Coach, Dire Dawa City Premier League Club
India Ms. Ghazala YASMIN
Assistant Professor, Aliah University
Israel Ms. Rachel LEVI HERZ
Developer and Head Facilitator, Educational Gender Related Projects, National Young Women Parliament
Jordan Ms. Abeer Malek Samman RANTISI
Head of Women’s Football, Jordan Football Association
Kenya Ms. Bernadette MUYOMI
Employee, Busia County Government
Morocco Mr. Abdelmohsine EL HALLOUATI
Associate Tutor, Bouarfa Association for Peace
Nepal Ms. Sushree Jeevan RANA
Central President, Nepal Rana Tharu Samaj
Nigeria Ms. Abisoye Abosede AJAYI
Co‑Founder, Pearls Africa Foundation
Palestinian Territories Ms. Raghda A K ALHADDAD
School Principal, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) School
Russia Ms. Varsenik MURADOVA
Deputy Director, Pchyolka
Rwanda Ms. Donatha GIHANA
Country Director, Girl Effect Rwanda
Saudi Arabia Mr. Bilal Ziyad O ALKASEEH
Computer Engineer, System Network Company
South Sudan Ms. Riya William YUYADA
Civic Education Officer, Mundri Relief and Development Association
Sri Lanka Ms. Fahmiya Mohamed SHERIFF
Reporting Officer, Islamic Women Association for Research and Empowerment
Switzerland Ms. Flavia Sabine KLEINER
Co‑President and Executive Director, Operation Libero
Tajikistan Ms. Shokhnoza KHOLOVA
Head, Education Department, Vahsh District
Uganda Ms. Aziida Nsubuga NTEGANA
Head Master/Teacher, Old Kampala Secondary School