Happy Women’s Day and Border2Border

Dear Female Readers,

Tonet shnorhavor (Congratulations on your holiday). Today is International Women’s Day in Armenia. It was started as a Socialist holiday. Thus I had never heard of it before coming to Armenia. But it’s a pretty big deal here: we got yesterday and today off work. For that reason, I am now an advocate for the holiday. Tomorrow I will take some food and drinks into the office. I figure it’s a good idea since I am pretty much the only guy there. The plan is to make snickerdoodles tonight so I can give them a little ‘merican culture while I’m at it.

In other news, after some unavoidable bureaucracy, our Border2Border project’s PCPP (Peace Corps Partnership Program) webpage is now live on the Peace Corps website. This page will serve as our funding mechanism. Check it out here: B2B PCPP. We are under the gun since the walk is slated for June 1st. Our goal is to raise all the money within the next month. So, if you are at all interested in this project, or know someone who would be, please check it out and consider donating. Small donations of $5 or $10 will definitely help us get there since there are 16 of us on the project staff (so a big network of friends and families). And of course big donations are okay too :). Donations are tax-deductible too. As I headed the team that wrote the PCPP grant and am also the financial manager for the project, seeing the PCPP get funded on time will be very rewarding!

If you would like more info on B2B, please check our blog and Facebook Causes pages:
B2B Blog
B2B on Causes

Thanks to those of you who have already been active in recruiting people to the Cause page!

Disclaimer: This might not be the only time I hit you up for money. While I am happy to be part of this big effort, there could be projects that are more specific to Vardenis in the future. But right now I have no idea!


3 Responses to “Happy Women’s Day and Border2Border”

  1. Gail Says:

    I noticed that one of the online shopping sites I look at is also celebrating International Women’s Day, so it’s probably bigger than you think, but in the US if you don’t get a day off, then the day has less value! 🙂 Speaking of women, I saw a report on TV last night that women are still making 75 cents on the dollar compared to men, AND women often have to have master’s degrees to fill the same positions while men only need bachelor degrees. Maybe International Women’s Day needs to become a bigger deal to keep raising awareness about issues like these.

  2. icenugget Says:

    There is lots of fascinating information out there about gender in the workplace. One of my favorites is this blog:

    It is controversial and probably not 100% correct, but she raises some great points.

    Here’s one on roles for each gender:

    And another on the glass ceiling:

    There are definitely still inequalities. But for Women’s Day just say a thanks that you live in one of the best countries for women, even if it’s not perfect. I see the alternative every day here…

  3. icenugget Says:


    The snickerdoodles were great. Slightly doughy on top, light as a cloud, and infused with millions of molecules of cinnamon sugar.

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