CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 11, 2002
UI Center for Human Rights
sponsors April 27 walk to benefit Afghanistan women
University of Iowa Center for Human Rights has joined with other local groups
to sponsor "We Walk So They Can Read," a two mile Iowa City spring
walk at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in City Park to benefit Afghanistan women
Participants can register
at City Park Shelter 7 starting at 1:30 p.m.
The group will walk in solidarity
with the women of Afghanistan who were forbidden from walking in public under
Taliban rule and who can now begin to walk freely in the streets. Walkers
are asked to contribute a minimum of $5 each. Checks should be made payable
to the national walk sponsor, UNIFEM/USA, the U.S. Committee for the United
Nations Development Fund for Women. Proceeds from the walk will support UNIFEM's
work in Afghanistan to highlight gender-equality and the active participation
of women in the reconstructive efforts.
Local sponsors of "We
Walk So They Can Read" are the UI Center for Human Rights, the United
Nations Association of Iowa, the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, UI Global
Health Studies Program, UI International Programs, Eagle Food Store, First
Ave. Hy-Vee, Iowa Book L.L.C., John's Grocery, Inc., New Pioneer Co-op, and
Prairie Lights Books.
For additional information,
contact Nancy Carlson, Iowa City Walk Coordinator, 351-3937, or Dorothy M.
Paul, UICHR Associate Director for Community Affairs and the Iowa coordinator
for the UNIFEM/USA Spring Walks, (319) 338-1230 <email@example.com>.
The UNIFEM website can be found at: http://www.uscommitteeforUNIFEM.org/