It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2018 Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference Trailblazer Honorees. We look forward to recognizing and honoring them at the 3rd annual Empower the Immigrant Woman Conference (EIW) scheduled for Saturday November 10th, 2018 at the evening gala at Congregation Bet Ha'am in Portland Maine. This event is sponsored by Maine Community Foundation, Lee International, Congregation Bet Ha'am, New Ventures Maine, York Diversity Forum, Lee Auto Malls and Maine Initiatives.

The 2018 Honorees:


Ekhlas Ahmed

(Sudan), a refugee and a civil rights activist from Darfur, Sudan, fled with her family to Egypt and lived there for two years before being resettled in Portland, Maine in 2005. She has since graduated high school with honors and earned a degree in sociology with hopes of helping resettle other refugees. Ms. Ahmed received her Masters Degree in Education with the intention to help empower other immigrant women and young people. She is the Vice President and Co-founder of Darfur Youth of Tomorrow.


ZamZam Mohamud

(Somalia) is truly a force of her own. She has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and personal energy in being a community bridge builder since her arrival in Lewiston. Since 2001, Lewiston experienced a significant change with the migration of immigrant and refugees to our community and ZamZam was part of that change. She arrived here with only $40 dollars and two young children looking to create and give something more to her children after fleeing a war torn country.


Angela Okafor

(Nigeria) is a native of Enugwu-Ukwu by birth. Educated in Nigeria and now founder and Immigration Attorney at Okafor Law Practice and owner of Tropical Tastes and Styles LLC – International Market, Angela is proving to every woman that you can be any and everything that makes you happily you while making my community a welcoming safe haven for everyone. She comes from a family of five and is married to Pharmacist Okafor Benjamin Emeka owner of the popular Eastport Family Pharmacy in Bangor.


Dina Yacoubagha

(Syria) is a humble, dedicated, compassionate, tireless worker for women and women's issues as well as being a dynamic speaker on behalf of Muslim women. She has a passion for social justice issues, especially for women. She volunteers in a variety of ways to address injustices. She is a mother of two and holds a Masters degree in social work. She volunteers in her children’s schools and has volunteered for Literacy Volunteers working with women from the Middle East to help them improve their reading and writing skills.