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Haigazian University Celebrates the International Women’s Day


Haidostian: “The best of things are fruits of genuine conviction, not simply duty”
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, Haigazian University celebrated the International Women’s Day, at Le Royal Hotel, Dbayeh – Lebanon, by honoring four accomplished women from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who had great impact on the Lebanese society in concrete ways. The ladies were: May Makhzoumi, Cynthia Sarkis Perros, May Menassa and Dr. Arda Ekmekji.
The event which was under the high patronage of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, H.E. Mr. Jean Oghasabian and organized by the joint efforts of the Haigazian University Women’s Auxiliary and the Public Relations Department attracted a capacity audience of 250 attendees – women representing various organizations, institutions, unions and friends of the University.
After the National Anthem, Chairwoman of the Haigazian University Women’s Auxiliary (HUWA), Mrs. Terine Hasserjian opened the official ceremony with her welcoming words. She underlined the substantial importance of this occasion sharing with the audience the history of this celebration which dates back to 15 years, during which more than 45 women from different Lebanese denominations and regions have been honored in recognition of their achievements, welfare, and breakthroughs in service of their communities and Lebanon.
Public Relations Director, Mrs. Mira Yardemian led the audience in a “down memory lane”, presenting the lives and major milestones and accomplishments of the honorees: President of the Makhzoumi Foundation, Mrs. May Makhzoumi has dedicated herself for the past 20 years, to helping the people of Lebanon. The foundation has provided 2.5 million services to 750,000 people in the areas of health care, vocational training, micro credit and development programs. Cynthia Sarkis Perros is a successful entrepreneur, who, through her company Luxury Limited Edition, has invested her long term relationships and connections with internationally influential people in politics, business, media, film industry, as well as world-renowned luxury brands in organizing big projects and events, mainly related to fundraising and welfare. Mrs. May Menassa is a prolific writer who had a lifetime career and tremendous input to the Lebanese literary and cultural life as an author, critic and journalist. Dr. Arda Ekmekji is a powerhouse in the field of academia and civic engagement in Lebanon for 45 years, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Haigazian University since 20 years.
 “The best of things are fruits of genuine conviction, not simply duty. We get tired of duty but never of conviction. And the role of the community of women who surround us is a testimony of that conviction,” said University President, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian in his remarks, gratefully appreciating the tireless and dedicated efforts  of the Haigazian University Women’s Auxiliary, both in Beirut and Los Angeles for more than 50 years. On this special occasion, Haidostian paid tribute to two distinguished women who had incorporated fully the concept of devotion and conviction throughout their life. Sisters Elizabeth and Mary Webb were American missionaries, who more than half a century ago saved, fed, educated and raised a generation of girls in their house of refuge on Mexique Street – Beirut. The will of the Webb sisters was their house or the proceeds of it to be used for the education of girls. It was on this premise, the “Webb Building”, that Haigazian University was founded 62 years ago.
Haidostian also acknowledge the vital role and responsibilities of the newly established Ministry of Women’s Affairs, wishing it the best in the task of developing structures, laws, and perceptions pertaining to women’s rights.
The celebration was musically animated by the newly formed Armenian Youth Quartet, under the supervision of Maestro Garo Avessian.
The program concluded with an atmosphere of cheer and further discussions over a luncheon.

Mira Yardemian
Public Relation Director

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