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Lantern Talk with Jane Olson, Pat Mitchell, and Barthelemy Mwanza

On March 8, International Women’s Day, human rights activist and humanitarian Jane Olson will join media luminary Pat Mitchell for a dynamic conversation featuring Olson’s recent book, World Citizen, Journeys of a Humanitarian, with stories that highlight the 35-year history and impact of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

They will be joined by Barthelemy Mwanza of the Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN), who will talk about his work in partnership with WRC, focusing on current and future efforts to protect and empower refugee women and girls.

Program participants will be introduced by Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

$100 ticket includes an autographed copy of Jane’s book and a $60 tax-deductible charitable contribution to the Women’s Refugee Commission.

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Jane Olson

Jane OlsonJane Olson, author of World Citizen, Journeys of a Humanitarian, has worked as a volunteer for many decades to promote peace and justice through international human rights and humanitarian organizations.

She chaired the International Board of Trustees of Human Rights Watch from 2004 to 2010 and served as co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Refugee Commission, where she is currently a commissioner. As founding board chair of Landmine Survivors Network/Survivor Corps, she gave leadership to LSN for 12 years.

Pat Mitchell

Pat MitchellThroughout her career as an award-winning journalist, producer, and media executive, Pat Mitchell broke new ground for women as the first woman president of PBS and of CNN Productions. She served as the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media from 2007–2014.

Today, Pat is a co-founder, host, and curator for TEDWomen and co-founder and managing partner of ConnectedWomenLeaders, a cohort of global women leaders, across generations and geography, who are launching Project Dandelion, a global, women-led campaign for climate justice. Pat is the author of the recent book Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World.


Barthelemy Mwanza

Barthelemy MwaznaBarthelemy Mwanza, refugee youth-led organization (RYLO) coordinator for the Global Refugee Youth Network (GRYN), is a journalist, refugee leader, and activist based in the US. He works with GRYN to coordinate the capacity building and funding that GRYN is channeling to RYLOs.

His achievements include his role as co-chair of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Global Youth Advisory Council and launching the Engaging Men in Responsible Practices to Prevent Gender-Based Violence against Women and Girls (EMAP) initiative.

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Sarah Costa

Sarah CostaSarah Costa is the executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission, a leading global organization advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis.

Sarah has more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, and youth development, as well as global philanthropy. Throughout her career, she has worked in partnership with those closest to the issues, from government officials to local women’s organizations.


WRC's 35th anniversary logoThe Women’s Refugee Commission is marking a major milestone—our 35th anniversary. Throughout 2024, we will celebrate our achievements at events, pay tribute to those who exemplify our vision, and, of course, continue our critical research and advocacy.
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