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Women in politics event to feature local and international panelist

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Inhonor of March being Women's History Month, a local group will celebrate womenin politics with a public panel.

Louisville Councilwoman TinaWard-Pugh (D-9) will team with members of the World Affairs Council of Kentuckyand Southern Indiana to host a Women in Politics discussion.

The event will get underwayat Saffron's Persian Restaurant at 131 West Market Street at 6pm Tuesday. Theevent will feature a panel even more internationally diverse than the cuisine.

"I'm really overwhelmedwith the welcoming attitude of people here," said panelist Gullelei."It's really nice."

Tuesday marked Gullelei'sfirst time visiting Kentuckiana. She and a group of four other women have beentraveling throughout the United States for the past three weeks sharing theirinsights as international women in politics through an international exchangeprogram.

"I'm a women's rightsactivist," said Gullelei of Pakistan. "After coming here, I've seenthat women here are also facing lots of challenges."

They are challenges thatinspired Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) hoped to help expose through thepanel discussion amid hope the candid conversation could generate solutionswhile boost societal development.

"There's just no way youcan come in contact with people from other cultures and not be changed for thebetter," said Councilwoman Ward-Pugh.

"These individuals areall hand-picked by the embassies abroad," said World Affairs Council ofKentucky and Southern Indiana Executive Director Xiao Yin Zhao.

Zhao said during theopen-minded two hour session, the traveling leaders would share challenges theyfaced while highlighting obstacles they continued to overcome.

"They come fromPakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal," said Zhao.

Although hailing fromdifferent countries, Gullelei acknowledged all women leaders faced similarchallenges she hoped to help change through dialogue and unity.

"We need to break thispatriarchal structure all together," said Gullelei.

Theevent is free. Registration is required. To learn more about the World AffairsCouncil's Women in Politics event, call (502) 561-5422 or click here.

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