On March 15th - 20th, 2018, we welcomed 12 visitors from eight countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela) for a program examining "Women Leaders: Drivers of Economic & Social Change".
To kick off their visit, the delegation began their first day of meetings with a tour and service activity at Haven for Hope. Led by Melody McCrea, Haven for Hope works to provide opportunities for individuals transitioning to self-sufficiency. Thereafter, they met with influential women including former Sheriff Susan Pamerleau and Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran. Pamerleau as the first woman elected to the position of sheriff shared her experiences as a woman in the traditionally "male" fields of the military and law enforcement. Councilwoman Viagran was able to share the status of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women which works to ensure educational, civil, social, and political participation by women throughout the city.
Visiting the Bexar County Family Justice Center allowed the program participants to share a roundtable discussion with community members about what the organization is doing to stand up for victims of domestic violence and provide the legal and social service support that they need. Next, the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition provided an understanding of San Antonio's advancements of community health programs for women and children.
Additionally, in their short visit, the visitors participated in home hospitality, attended a Missions Tour, and had the opportunity to witness our St. Patrick's Day River parade.
Susan Pamerleau and Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran allowed our visitors to learn more about the role of women leaders whether that is in public service, civil society, politics, government, community organizations, or the private sector. Groups like Haven for Hope, Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition, and the Bexar County Family Justice Center allowed visitors the chance to learn more about providing women the resources to promote and effect social change.