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Women Freedom Fighters: Defending Armenia, Building Our Future

Host: AIWA-Chicago
Explore life under military threat in Artsakh and Armenia, and embrace the creative ways by which women defend and protect their families and communities. Meet Kristin and Araxie Cass who will discuss their work and travels in Artsakh and Armenia, and share Kristin’s short films “The New Freedom Fighters: Women and Nonviolent Resistance” and “The War Outside My Door.”
Also meet Karine Eurdekian, Founder of Kooyrigs, who will discuss assistance efforts in Artsakh, including the delivery of essential medications to doctors in Stepanakert. Join these incredible women and gain insight in and awareness of the way in which women weave their efforts to assist the region.
Featured Guests:
Araxie Cass is a freelance writer and student of Creative Writing and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. She is a staff writer for Kooyrigs and a contributing writer for the Armenian Weekly, and her work has appeared on a variety of other platforms including the Hye-Phen Magazine and Blacklight Magazine. She uses her writings as a medium to build connections and expose new perspectives. You can find her work at araxiecass.com
Kristin Anahit Cass is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, video, writing, sculpture and other media. As an artist of mixed ethnicity and descendent of genocide survivors, Cass’ work reflects passion in the role women play in the survival of culture ad communities. amplifying diverse voices that inspire change. She is a lawyer by career which gives her a unique perspective on the daily injustices that people and communities face. Cass is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Karine Eurdekian, Founder of Kooyrigs, is a Columbia University student working toward a Masters in Non-Profit Management. Her involvement in human rights work began in Armenian in 2007, as a legal assistant to the Women’s Support Center. She founded Kooyrigs in Nov. 2018 and has fostered a growing community of over 20,000 followers.
Zoom event | Registration required
11.8.2020 1pm PST/3pm CT/4pm EST
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November 8, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

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