Portland to focus on women during World Refugee Day celebration

Here’s something to consider marking your calendars with, an event announcement from City Hall:

[On Wednesday], the city of Portland along with the State of Maine Multicultural Affairs Office, Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigration Services, 211Maine, United Way of Greater Portland, Community Financial Literacy of Maine, Immigrant Women Health, and a host of community members and friends will hold its eighth annual World Refugee Day event with this year’s theme being, ‘A Celebration of Women.’ The event presents an excellent opportunity to gather and hear testimony from women who have fled their country and make sacrifices and contributions to their community every day. A reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. [at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier], along with music and a small program, including a Proclamation, following the reception. Admission is free.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee Day each year to raise awareness for the plight of millions of refugees throughout the world who are forced to flee their homes. The annual commemoration is marked by a variety of events in more than 100 countries, involving government officials, humanitarian aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced refugees.

Seth Koenig

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