Women from around the world strut their international stuff on the runway in Portland

Posted March 11, 2013, at 6:06 a.m.
Dancer Diane Kankera of the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop ties bells to her ankles in the dressing room before performing at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Kankera is originally from Rwanda.
Dancer Diane Kankera of the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop ties bells to her ankles in the dressing room before performing at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Kankera is originally from Rwanda. Buy Photo
Dancers Saluwa Umuhoza (left), Aline Cyuzuzo (center)and Nadia Umwali of the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop prepare in the dressing room before performing at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
Dancers Saluwa Umuhoza (left), Aline Cyuzuzo (center)and Nadia Umwali of the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop prepare in the dressing room before performing at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Lydia Bakunda, originally of Barundi, prepares to dance with the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
Lydia Bakunda, originally of Barundi, prepares to dance with the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Deborah Breiting dons a traditional Japanese outfit with the help of her husband, Michael Brown, in the dressing room before walking the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Breiting's mother is from Japan.
Deborah Breiting dons a traditional Japanese outfit with the help of her husband, Michael Brown, in the dressing room before walking the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Breiting's mother is from Japan. Buy Photo
A group of friends Rabia Ismail (left), Asthma Ahmed, Asthma Ahmed (same name) Soumeya Abdillani and Awo Ahmed hold the flag of their native Djibouti backstage before walking the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
A group of friends Rabia Ismail (left), Asthma Ahmed, Asthma Ahmed (same name) Soumeya Abdillani and Awo Ahmed hold the flag of their native Djibouti backstage before walking the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Dorcas Thete (right) hugs her friend Christel Batshiondo backstage at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Thete walked the runway wearing a dress her mother, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, made for her.
Dorcas Thete (right) hugs her friend Christel Batshiondo backstage at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Thete walked the runway wearing a dress her mother, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, made for her. Buy Photo
Morgyn Danae (left) belly dances with Emma Holder at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
Morgyn Danae (left) belly dances with Emma Holder at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
The Abeza B'Inganzo Troop performs at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
The Abeza B'Inganzo Troop performs at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Shawnee Berke, 9, wears a traditional dress from Peru, her mother's homeland, on the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
Shawnee Berke, 9, wears a traditional dress from Peru, her mother's homeland, on the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Edwina Caulker walks the runway wearing a handmade dress she bought on a trip back to her homeland of Liberia at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
Edwina Caulker walks the runway wearing a handmade dress she bought on a trip back to her homeland of Liberia at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Nayoung Traynham (left) wears a traditional Korean wedding outfit and Yeong-Rae An wears a groom's outfit at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Both are originally from South Korea.
Nayoung Traynham (left) wears a traditional Korean wedding outfit and Yeong-Rae An wears a groom's outfit at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Both are originally from South Korea. Buy Photo
Martha Deng, originally from South Sudan, walks the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
Martha Deng, originally from South Sudan, walks the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Manasi Joshi, originally from Bombay, India, wears a sari at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
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Manasi Joshi, originally from Bombay, India, wears a sari at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Saya Breiting-Brown, 6, wears a summer outfit from her grandmother's native Japan at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland Friday on night.
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Saya Breiting-Brown, 6, wears a summer outfit from her grandmother's native Japan at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland Friday on night. Buy Photo
Bakhita Saabino, of the Azande Tribe in South Sudan, walks the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
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Bakhita Saabino, of the Azande Tribe in South Sudan, walks the runway at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Dolores Atienza Barcebal, who hails originally from the Philippines, curtsies to the crowd at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
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Dolores Atienza Barcebal, who hails originally from the Philippines, curtsies to the crowd at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo
Anna Ying, 9, watches the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland Friday night after taking a turn on the runway with her brother wearing clothes from her mother's native country, China.
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Anna Ying, 9, watches the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland Friday night after taking a turn on the runway with her brother wearing clothes from her mother's native country, China. Buy Photo
Dancers from the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop gather for pictures after their performance at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night.
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Dancers from the Abeza B'Inganzo Troop gather for pictures after their performance at the fourth annual International Women's Day Fashion Show in Portland on Friday night. Buy Photo

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world every March 8. It highlights women’s accomplishments in history and celebrates women’s roles in the home, family, politics and society. It’s a holiday not much known in the United States. But a group called Women Around the World in Portland is trying to change that.

On Friday night at the Irish Heritage Center in Portland, the group hosted the fourth annual International Women’s Day Fashion Show. They invited local immigrant women to wear fashions and traditional dress from their native countries and display them on the runway. The night included dance, music and poetry from around the world as well as food from local restaurants and community members who shared dishes from their native countries.

The event highlighted Portland’s growing diversity, with local women from countries including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Rwanda, Iran, South Korea, Canada, Thailand, the Philippines and Liberia taking part.

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