The 2021 International Women’s Day celebration at Virginia Tech, held on March 8, included a panel discussion facilitated by Maria Elisa Christie, director of women and gender in international development at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development. 

The panelists were:

  • Farida Jalalzai, a professor of political science and the associate dean for global initiatives and engagement in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; 
  • Helena Carvalho, an associate professor and block director at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; and
  • Najla Mouchrek, program director for interfaith leadership and holistic development at Virginia Tech.
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International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. International Women’s Day has taken place every year for well over a century, with the first gathering in 1911 supported by more than a million people.

The International Women’s Day celebration at Virginia Tech was co-sponsored by Cranwell International Center, Fralin Life Sciences Institute, the Graduate School, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Women’s Center.