The Women’s International Forum in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations present a talk entitled “From Marginalized Women to Entrepreneurs: The Story of the Women of Eldoret Slum, Kenya” with Martina Bencová Utešená and Mária Mühl.

All NYLESA members are invited to join the event, on Wednesday, November 15 from 1:15pm to 2:30pm at CR7 – UN Headquarters.


Short bios of the speakers are below:
Martina Bencová Utešená is a journalist, educator and the President of the civic Association Two Colour World, which she founded in 2006. For five years, Bencová has been managing a project in Kenya, whose goal is to help children through their mothers. From illiterate and poor women, she creates entrepreneurs. They now can send their kids to school, provide food and even pay for health insurance. As a professor of health care and social work at the University of St. Elizabeth, she gives lectures on global development education and trains Slovak volunteers and doctors to work in developing countries. Bencová also studied acting and film. She has produced three documentary movies concerning humanitarian aid.
Mária Mühl is a photo-journalist with twelve years of experience. She studied documentary photography and has a Master´s degree in Mass Media Communication. Mühl covered the latest news, political, social events, and foreign affairs in one of the most renowned magazine in Slovakia. Her images provide insight into the lives of people from all over the world. Mühl and Bencová have worked together in Kenya. Since 2011 she has been working on her own projects as an independent photographer. The primary focus of her work is the region of Asia, where she lived and studied for two years. Her documentary stories from developing countries are full of children’s laughter and pride. Mühl will be opening a photo exhibition in the United Nations Headquarters, on Monday, November 13, 2017.

No fee is requested for NYLESA members. Please bring your ground pass to be identified.

Please confirm your attendance by Sunday, November 12th with an email at