WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Feb. 22, 2002
UI joins in local International Women's Month activities in March
The strong role of women in international social progress will be recognized
and celebrated around the world and Iowa City this spring.
The University of Iowa and several Iowa City nonprofit community organizations
have planned a series of events and discussions in March to commemorate International
Women's Day and Women's History Month and to bring awareness of the impact
women have made on the world.
International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide each year on March 8.
As set forth by the United Nations General Assembly, the main reasons for
celebrating International Women's Day are to recognize that peace and social
progress require the active participation and equality of women and to acknowledge
the contribution of women to international peace and security.
The local International Women's Day celebration will be held in the Richie
Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union, on Friday, March 8 from 7-10 p.m. and will
feature international performance art, food, dancing and information from
community and university organizations. Advance tickets are available by calling
337-7290 and are $5 for students/limited income and $10 non-students. Tickets
at the door will be $7 and $12.
The events planned to celebrate International Women's Day and Women's History
Month will bring together feminists from around the world as well as locally.
A Feb. 25 Iowa Talks program on WSUI, a week-long global feminism conference
March 4-9, performance art, keynote speakers, and panel discussions will all
serve to recognize the international impact of women.
Each event gives the public the opportunity to reflect on the ways in which
women have affected the world, said Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's
Resource and Action Center.
"It's important to commemorate the month to celebrate the accomplishments
that women have made worldwide and to use the opportunity to call for action
and change," she said. "There are many different ways that feminism
takes root and shape in our work and everyday lives."
"Women globally are tied together with one string, said Dorothy Paul,
associate director for community affairs at the UI Center for Human Rights.
"By networking with women across the globe, women in Iowa City can learn
from their activism and work at the grassroots level to create a better world
for all of us."
Local sponsors for International Women's Month events include UI International
Programs, the UI Center for Human Rights, the Women's Resource and Action
Center, the Feminist Majority Readership Alliance and the UI Student United
Nations. Community sponsors are the Iowa United Nations Association, Iowa
City Human Rights Commission, Emma Goldman Clinic for Women, the Grant Wood
Area Chapter-American Red Cross, Iowa Women's Foundation, and Iowa Women Initiating
For more information on the overall program or special accommodations, contact
Katy Hansen, UNA-USA, 337-7290, email@example.com.
A complete schedule of events is on the Web at http://www.uichr.org/news/02_jan_jun/womens_month.shtml