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December 7, 2012

Contact: Gloria Mayne

SIF hosts 3rd annual WOMEN in the WORLD breakfast

Celebrating Washington state’s commitment to investing in women and girls worldwide

SEATTLE – On Friday, December 7, 2012 over 250 women leaders from philanthropy, business, media, academia, and the nonprofit sector gathered at the Four Seasons Seattle to discuss the importance of investing in women and girls at the 3rd annual Women in the World breakfast, hosted by the Seattle International Foundation.

This year’s featured speakers included President of Oxfam America Ray Offenheiser, the first female Attorney General of Guatemala Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, and activist and community leader Glanis Changachirere, Founder and  Director of Institute for Young Women Development in Zimbabwe – all committed leaders working to empowering women and girls.

Speakers discussed the challenges and opportunities for advancing the political, economic, and social empowerment of women, inspiring our local community to invest both locally and globally in women's issues.

“Know in your hearts that your support particularly to Seattle International Foundation does not end here in Seattle, but tremendously cascade down and incredibly transform the lives of the usually down trodden and marginalized girls, young women and women in the rural areas in Zimbabwe, Guatemala, slums in Kenya, slums in the Philippines to mention a few,” expressed Glanis Changachirere.

“It is with much hope and appreciation that this breakfast meeting will not become an event in my life but shall be a part of my journey in the fight for the rights of girls and young women in my community,” she added.

The event also included SIF’s announcement of more than $250,000 in grants to local organizations working globally on women’s issues, as well as highlighted our state's commitment to working alleviating global poverty.

 “Grassroots women leaders today are making their local communities less violent, more democratic, and more prosperous, and making great progress in giving women and girls access to education, health care, and employment. As we just heard from Glanis, women have the power to dramatically change and improve lives of so many around them, and move entire societies towards peace and justice.  But this work is never easy, and the women (and girls)  carrying out this important work, are often targeted, assaulted and even killed for raising their voices, demanding their rights, or simply seeking a chance for an education. It is these women, and their institutions, that we must support,” said Paula Clapp, Co-Founder of SIF.

A public event followed the formal breakfast program, featuring a Q&A Session with Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, Attorney General of Guatemala, and a Panel Discussion on women's leadership for social change featuring women leaders working in Guatemala, Kazahkstan, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. You can view photos from the event here


Seattle International Foundation (SIF) was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy and development efforts from the Pacific Northwest and to serve as a resource to our community. Since 2008, SIF has awarded over $10 million in grants over 110 organizations working in 34 countries. For more information visit


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