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WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
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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 Social Change.

For more information on the overall program or special accommodations, contact Katy Hansen, UNA-USA, 337-7290, unaiowa@inav.net. A complete schedule of events is on the Web at http://www.uichr.org/news/02_jan_jun/womens_month.shtml