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

October 22, 2019

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   

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


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
7:00- 9:00pm

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.

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.

From left to right: Mary Jo McGuire, Sherry Munyon, Rachel Carlson, Yael Deckelbaum, Sandy Pappas, Michelle Morris and Rachel Raz. Photo credit to board member Sherry Munyon.

“Sexual Violence, Child Marriage, and Prosecutions”

October 17, 2017 

Forward Global Women co-sponsored the event Sexual Violence, Child Marriage, and Prosecutions with guest speakers Ellen Kennedy of World Without Genocide and Caroline Palmer of MN CASA.

Women Wage Peace Continues in Journey to Peace

   October 2017

Journey to Peace, Women Wage Peace’s second annual peace march, came to a close on Sunday, October 8th. Huda Abuarquob, of Forward Global Women’s Palestinian team, has played a pivotal role with Women Wage Peace in bringing together an estimated 30,000 Israeli and Palestinian women to participate in the marches and events, all with the goal of bringing peace to their community. Watch Huda speak during a rally in Jerusalem here.

For more information on the Journey to Peace and Women Wage Peace’s March of Hope visit our event page here.

2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum

September 15-16, 2017 

The annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted by Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN honored the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, the Nobel Laureates of 2015.

This year’s forum focused on ‘The Power of Dialogue.’ The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet uniquely brought together 4 areas of civil society and led negotiations with the Tunisian government at a pivotal time in Tunisia’s post- Arab Spring development. The Quartet has been credited with helping Tunisia avoid all-out civil war.

Forward Global Women’s Tunisian team leader Ikram Ben Said joined two members of the Dialogue Quartet on a panel addressing the ‘Strengthening of Democracy and Human Rights after the Arab Spring’ on Friday, September 15th.


Karen Feste, of Forward Global Women’s US Team, presented on an afternoon panel with the topic of “Nonviolent responses to extremist violence.”

Sherry Munyon, Board Member of Forward Global Women with Nobel Laureates Houcine Abbassi, Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labor Union; Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh, President of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers; and Abdessattar Ben Moussa, President of the Tunisian Human Rights League.

International Women’s Day 2017


March 8, 2017

In honor of International Women’s Day, women across the world joined together in marches, service projects, and political efforts. Refer to the International Women’s Day event tracker for detailed accounts of the events taking place in the MENA region.

Pictured on the right, Forward Global Women President Sandy Pappas marches at the Minnesota State Capitol with the slogan “Women. Power. Peace.”

Forward Global Women joins Women Wage Peace in the 2016 March of Hope


October, 2016

From October 4th – October 19th, women of Israel and Palestine have gathered together in the March of Hope. Spanning over 250km during the 2 weeks, these courageous women stand together for security and a lasting peace in their region. Numerous organizations and communities have stood in solidarity with the March of Hope participants from all across the world. Forward Global Women has aided in coordinating many of these events.

Watch the March for Hope video

Learn more about the March of Hope and what you can do to become involved.

Peace, Shalom, Salaam from the Shir Tikvah community in Minneapolis, MN.

Check out the video that went viral covering the #MarchofHope2016: link.