Together We Can Break The Bias

Hope and Change for Haiti, along with its partners, Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Dialogue on Diversity, and Inclusion of Rhode Island College invite you to its Fifth Annual International Women’s Day celebration on Friday, March 4th, 2022, at 3:30 pm at the Rhode Island Stateroom under the theme Together we can break the Bias. At this event, the organization will honor the amazing community member Channavy Chhay, Executive Director of the Center for Southeast Asians, for her passion and commitment to serving all people through her center. She worked tirelessly and devoted herself to community service in our State.

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration held yearly in honor of women across the globe. It is an opportunity to recognize the critical role women play in enacting real and positive societal change.

“It is crucial that we recommit to take bold action to ensure authentic relationship among communities in building inclusive communities. We need to set new goals to combat bias, stereotypes, and racism that undermine the social mobility of people of color, particularly Black people,” said Councilwoman Aniece Germain, Assistant Executive Director of the organization.

 The speakers featured in this event include:

1.              Dr. Merites Abelard, Chairperson of Women’s Program at Hope and Change for Haiti -HnC

2.              Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State of Rhode Island

3.              Kelly Nevins, CEO and Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island,


“Reflecting and Celebrating Women” offers a platform to celebrate women’s work, discuss issues that impacted them, and promote strategies to bring positive change. Yet, in 2022, people of color, particularly Black women, continue to suffer from bias and microaggression. At this event, our speakers will emphasize the urgency to acknowledge bias and racism against people of color Asian people, particularly its impact on Black women, and draw some insights to tackle these issues to ease the path to a more inclusive community.

HnC is a 501(c) 3 organization based in Rhode Island. We advocate for women and immigrant rights and promote cultural awareness. In Haiti, we invest in community development with a focus on water, housing, and education in the rural regions of the country.

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