Forward Global Women Presents: The Dialogue Project with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

October 22, 2019

Rachel Carlson, Odeliya Matter, Sandy Pappas, Sarah Braverman, Mohammad Azraq

Speakers Odeliya Matter and Mohammad Azraq joined Forward Global Women to discuss Environmental Cooperation between Israel and Palestine fostered by the Arava Institute out of Ketura, Israel. Sarah Braverman provided information on Arava’s educational programs and opportunities for students.  Sandy Pappas, Executive Director of Forward Global Women, provided information on our US Team’s Climate Action Plan stemming from the 2019 Convening in Marrakech, Morocco.

For more details on our guest speakers download our event flyer here.

Forward Global Women and IGT’s Reception in honor of the

Elected Women of Minnesota
May 30, 2019

City Councilwoman Rebecca Noecker, Ramsey County Commissioner Trista MastasCastillo, State Representative Connie Bernardy, Ramsey County Commissioner Mary Jo McGuire, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, State Senator Sandy Pappas, and State Senator Susan Kent.

At the home of Sandy Neren.

Special Guest:  Congresswoman Betty McCollum 

Honored Guests:  Sen. Susan Kent, Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, Rep. Connie Bernardy, Rep Heather Edelson, Ramsey County Commissioners Mary Jo McGuire & Trista MatasCastillo & St. Paul City Council Member Rebecca Noecker

An update on Forward Global Women was provided by Executive Director Sandy Pappas. Light  appetizers provided by Holy Land Deli.


Joel Carlson, Legal Research-Government Affairs; Jim Erickson; Hylden Advocacy & Law; Rebecca Kanninen-Partner, Lockridge Grindal Nauen; Messerli & Kramer; Rice, Michels & Walther LLP; St Paul Teachers Pension PAC



Mary Jo McGuire, Phyllis Kahn, Rachel Carlson, Betty McCollum, Sandy Pappas and Sherry Munyon.

Hyon Kim, Founder, Board Chair, Midwest Alliance for North Korean Refugees; Shep Harris & Andy Pomroy; Lawrence M. Redmond; Senator Sandy Pappas, Peggy Lucas 


Judy Cook; JEL Consulting; MN Credit Unions, Pamela Berkwitz 

Download our event flyer here: May 30th Event Flyer



Child, Not Bride
Ending Child Marriage: From Minnesota to the MENA Region

Photo credit: Lets End Child Marriage, UNIFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage

November 29, 2018
Shir Tikvah Synagogue, 1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419

Elizabeth Heger Boyle, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota, and Elizabeth Meske, J.D., Policy Associate at World Without Genocide, spoke about child marriage globally, in the US, and in Minnesota.  Dr. Ellen Kennedy, founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide, discussed policies to reduce discrimination and violence against women globally and locally. Senator Sandy Pappas, founder and President of Forward Global Women which promotes women’s peace and security in the Middle East and North Africa, spoke about the organization’s work.


Thank you to Huda Abuarquob!

April 21, 2018 

Forward Global Women was pleased to host Huda Abuarquob for a series of speaking appearances.

Huda is the Regional Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace for the Middle East and North Africa Region. She is an avid peace activist involved with Women Wage Peace.  As a cherished member of Forward Global Women, Huda has led the Palestinian team during our 2016 convening in Nicosia, Cyprus and our 2017 convening in Oslo, Norway. Recently, Huda was the recipient of the Laudato Sí Award honoring her dedication to peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She has been announced as the 2018 J-Street Conference Keynote Speaker.

See Huda’s speech at one of the 2016 March of Hope rallies here.


From left to right: Mary Jo McGuire, Sherry Munyon, Rachel Carlson, Yael Deckelbaum, Sandy Pappas, and guests.


Women of the World Unite

November 3, 2017 

Forward Global Women attended Women of the World Unite. On Friday, November 3rd Yael Deckelbaum and Tamar Eisenman  shared their music at the Cedar Cultural Center. Yael has recently partnered with our Israeli and Palestinian sisters at Women Wage Peace to compose the song ‘Prayer of the Mothers.’ This powerful song has become the anthem of the March of Hope and Journey to Peace initiatives.