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NE Events

The AIWA New England Affiliate was launched in mid-1990s by Eva Medzorian (AIWA co-founder) as there was a desire to extend the reach of the overall organization by enabling the Central Board to focus on strategic initiatives while the New England Affiliate focused on local programming.

In the early years, New England Affiliate focused on fundraising efforts for Armenia.  They sponsored an opening night performance of “A Girl’s War” by Joyce Van Dyke in 2001 to benefit the Oncology Hospital in Yerevan.  In 2004, a premier showing of “Contemporary Fashions from Armenia” featured the fashion design department of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts and raised much needed funds for Armenia.

In mid-2000, New England Affiliate supported programs like WEP, a Women's Entrepreneurship Program in cooperation with the American University of Armenia to encourage new or existing businesses run by women in Armenia. Another New England sponsored project was to raise awareness and aid of AJAKITS (Helping Hands ) NGO, a Gyumri based domestic violence center dedicated to educate, support (safe houses) and generally help families in need and strengthen family values.

New England Affiliate has been focusing on raising funds for the “Olga Proudian Scholarship for Women in Diplomacy.”  We held a fundraiser reception in November 2015 and plan on doing another event in the coming months to increase the overall funds so that we can offer the initial scholarship next year.

Over the past year, we hosted a series on “resilient women,” featuring three events for the community.  In November 2015, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte spoke about her book, Duty to Persevere, in which she shared her childhood diaries from Baku to Maine.  In February 2016, Ani Babaian-Khachikian spoke about Armenian women in Iran; this event was co-sponsored by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR).  In April 2015, Maral Boyadjian was interviewed by her sister, Salpi Ghazarian, about her book, As the Poppies Bloomed; this was co-sponsored by the Armenian Cultural Foundation and Amaras Art Alliance.