Our Biggest Chapter Meeting of the Year

International Women’s Day

March 8

Each year, Dining for Women recognizes International Women’s Day with our “Biggest Chapter Meeting of the Year”. This virtual meeting links DFW chapters and members across the U.S. The event is broadcast live and recorded for on demand viewing.


Our 2019 Event

Women as Agents of Change

This year, we are partnering with Peace Is Loud, The Association of Junior Leagues International, and Georgia Public Broadcasting for a collaborative, live streamed event entitled “Women as Agents of Change”.


Peace is Loud   Junior League     Georgia Public Broadcasting


Abigail Disney

Abigail Disney

The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Virginia Prescott, the Gracie Award-winning host of On Second Thought for Georgia Public Broadcasting. Throughout her radio career, Virginia has worked to build sustainable independent radio in the developing world and has trained journalists in post-conflict zones from Sierra Leone to the Balkans.

The panel will be headlined by Abigail E. Disney, filmmaker, philanthropist, and the CEO and president of Fork Films. Abby inspired attendees at DFW’s National Conference in DC last spring, and we wanted to bring her back in order to reach a broader audience of DFW members.

Abby’s long-time passion for women’s issues and peacebuilding culminated in producing her first film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which chronicles the remarkable story of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. The film inspired the 2011, five-part PBS series, Women, War & Peace. Abby’s new series, Women, War & Peace II, will air on PBS on March 25 and 26, 2019. Abby is also the founder and president of Peace Is Loud, a nonprofit that inspires action through film and live events that spotlight women leaders on the frontline of peacebuilding worldwide.

Elvia Raquec

Elvia Raquec

Razia Jan

Razia Jan

We are also thrilled to have two special panelists representing DFW grantees. The first is Elvia Raquec, Program Director for DFW’s grantee Women’s Justice Initiative, who will be coming from Guatemala. Elvia’s work implementing and overseeing women’s rights programs in indigenous rural communities is fueling social change in Guatemala.  The second is Razia Jan, a native Afghan and award-winning humanitarian and founder of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, who will be DFW’s Featured Grantee this May. Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation improves the lives of young women and girls through community-based education in the rural district of Deh’Subz, Afghanistan.

This virtual event will be broadcast live to all of DFW’s 460+ chapters across the country. It will also be available to 291 Junior Leagues as well as supporters of Peace Is Loud and Georgia Public Broadcasting. The event will be recorded for on demand viewing. Here are all the details:

When: Friday, March 8th
Live event begins at 7:30 pm EST and will last approximately 45 minutes.
What: Panel discussion featuring Abby Disney, Elvia Raquec and Kate Flately of Women’s Justice Initiative, and Razia Jan of Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation.
Special announcement about a collaborative partnership between DFW and Peace Is Loud.
For those attending in person in Atlanta, the panel discussion will be followed by an exclusive screening of the documentary film A Journey of a Thousand Miles, one of the four documentaries that is part of Women, War & Peace II, which was produced by Abby Disney and will air on PBS on March 25 and 26, 2019.  The film follows a risky, year-long UN peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti with an all-female Bangladeshi police unit. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.
Join: Simply click on this link, or access it from the homepage of our website on the day of the event. This same link can be used for on demand viewing immediately after the event.
Attend: The event takes place at the Georgia Public Broadcasting studio in downtown Atlanta. If you would like to attend in person, please register by clicking here. Seating is limited so please register as soon as possible. Please share this event with anyone you know in the Atlanta area who may be interested in DFW.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to celebrate women as agents of change!

More information will be posted on this page as it is available.

For questions, please email: info@diningforwomen.org


Previous Events

2018 — Putting Women & Girls at the Center of U.S. Foreign Aid
2017 — Biggest Chapter Meeting Ever!