Shout out to our #wactCAR chair Mr. Arthur Delong for tonight’s reception. We are grateful for your leadership and support! Here he’s pictured with two Impressionist masters. Can you name them?
Our #WCW is ✊🏾Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (@phumzilemlambongcuka), the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of @UNWomen. She was sworn into office on in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position, having devoted her career to issues of #humanrights, #equality and #socialjustice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of #SouthAfrica. 🇿🇦 From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programs to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government. 👩🏾🏫 Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global program for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to #education, women’s #empowerment and #genderequality. 🎓She has completed her PhD on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
It has taken a week to reshape the map of the Syrian war, in the seven days since President Donald Trump used what he called his great and unmatched wisdom to order the withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria. He set off a chain of events that betrayed America's ally, the Syrian Kurds, and opened a cornucopia of opportunities for Turkey, the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, its backers, Russia and Iran, and the jihadist extremists of Islamic State (IS). President Trump's decision to pull the US out of what he called an endless war gave Turkey the green light to send troops into Syria. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared he wanted to go after the Kurds of the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) because they are allies of his country's own Kurdish rebels. His plan is to control both sides of the border with north-eastern Syria, and to set up an occupation zone around 20 miles (32km) deep. Into that zone he wants to move a million or more Syrian refugees. Reporting by @bbc and 📸 courtesy of AFP
🇹🇷 The Turkish public and political elite have largely thrown their support behind the country's forces fighting in northern Syria, standing in defiance against voices in the international community condemning Ankara's operation in the region. 🇺🇳 Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council was due to meet later on Thursday to discuss the Turkish operation. 🇫🇷 🇬🇧 🇩🇪 The meeting, called by the council's European members, came after France said it was preparing a statement with the United Kingdom and Germany that would condemn very strongly and firmly Turkey's actions. The European Union also called on Ankara to halt the operation. If you attempt to call our operation an invasion, our job is easy. We'll open our doors and send you the 3.6 million refugees, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday, in comments aimed at European leaders. Foreign criticism was dismissed by people in Ankara, where the operation against the SDF is widely viewed as an attack on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a 35-year fight inside Turkey that has left tens of thousands dead and is listed as a terrorist organisation by most of the West. We have waited a long time to confront the PKK in Syria, we have been very patient, said barber Ferhat Unal, 45. America armed these terrorists and now we have to go there and deal with them. The president is right to send the army to fight the PKK. Reporting and photo courtesy of @aljazeera
👩⚕️ Dr. Flavia Bustreo was appointed Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010. She previously served as Deputy Director and then Director of The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health from 2006 to 2010. In 2004-2005, she served as Interim Deputy Director of the Child Survival Partnership. 🎓 She earned a degree in medicine with honors and a postgraduate qualification in rehabilitation medicine from Padua University, Italy, and later obtained a M.Sc. in Communicable Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has worked as a clinician with children and adolescents with disabilities, and with NGOs working with refugees in the former #Yugoslavia and #Iraq. 👩👧👦Dr. Bustreo’s work focuses on policy development concerning child and maternal health, policy implementation and partnership-building with a wide range of stakeholders. In 2010, she led the development of the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. In 2008, she contributed to the High Level Taskforce on International Innovative Financing for Health Systems and in 2005, to the UN Taskforce on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 & 5 to reduce maternal and child mortality. 🇵🇭🇸🇳🇸🇩 Dr. Bustreo has worked in several countries, including assignments for WHO country and regional offices in #Bangladesh, #Brazil, #China, #Egypt, #India, #Morocco, #Peru, the #Philippines, #Senegal, #Sudan and #Uganda. She has also served at WHO’s EURO office in Copenhagen, headquarters in Geneva, at the World Bank and as a special advisor to the Norwegian Prime Minister. She has published numerous academic and popular articles in the field of public health, women’s and children’s health. Dr Bustreo speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian and has studied Russian and Arabic. #WCW #FlaviaBustreo #worldhealth #WHO #UN #Wow
🎟 Get your tickets for our 30th Annual Consular Association Reception and you can bid on the chance to win 🏈 two tickets to the Seahawks game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, November 3rd. This set of Club Level Tickets will place you at Section 237, Row D and includes access to all Club Level Amenities at the Century Link Field. Also included are an assortment of snacks and extra sports swag! Estimated retail value is over $600. Don't sit on the sidelines! Get your tickets to attend via the 🔗 in our bio! #seattleseahawks #tampabaybuccaneers #NFL #football #12thman #CARevent #consularassociation #worldaffairscouncil #wactacoma #thingstodointacoma #tacoma_wa #communityoftaacoma #tacomacommunity #localtacoma #tacomaevents