For Immediate Release: 3/5/2019 3:53 pm
The City of Worcester Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (ACSW) will host the Women of Consequence Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Levi Lincoln Chamber.
The keynote address will be provided by Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a Western Massachusetts attorney with a strong record of civil rights advocacy, civic engagement and interfaith activism. She serves as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and formerly served on the Family Advisory Council for Boston Children’s Hospital. In the September 2018 primary, she was a candidate for the Massachusetts 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The 2019 Woman of Consequence Award will be presented to Imrana Soofi, founder and director of Muslim Community Link. The 2019 Young Woman of Consequence Award will be presented to Mykah Puryear DeMeulenaere, a senior at Worcester Academy who co-founded a theater program for fifth grade public school students.
The ACSW was created in 1977 and its function is to formulate, encourage, promote and monitor programs and policies relating to the status of women in the City of Worcester.
Since 1996, the ACSW has highlighted extraordinary women of all ages through the Women of Consequence Awards. The ACSW promotes community awareness of women’s issues such as sexual exploitation, pay equality, and childcare through forums, recommendations to the City Manager and public awareness campaigns.
International Women’s Day will be celebrated worldwide on Friday, March 8.