A global approach to gender equality
Women?s Center to host festival on March 7
Mar 1, 2010
By Krista Bradley
Around the world International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. This year marks the 99th anniversary of IWD, as well as the 2nd annual celebration at Ohio University.
The Ohio University Women?s Center will host its IWD festival March 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. in Baker Center Ballroom.
?This is our event of the year. We aim to stage a festival that brings together women from all over the world to discuss women?s issues in both creative and research-oriented ways,? said Susanne Dietzel, director of the Women?s Center.
Ohio University?s IWD festival recognizes the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide, while embracing the yearly IWD theme. The theme for 2010 is ?Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.?
International Women?s Day began in 1911 in Europe to encourage women to campaign for change against the oppression and inequality commonly experienced by women in the early 1900s. In 1975, International Women?s Day was given official recognition by the United Nations and was adopted as a national holiday by many governments ? including China, Armenia and Russia
At OHIO, the festival?s agenda includes more than 20 performances by OHIO students, staff faculty and community members.
?We really made an effort to have a performer from every continent,? Dietzel said, noting that performances are as varied and include poetry readings, martial arts and Indian dances. ?Since we are so rich in international students at Ohio University, I wanted to create an opportunity for international and American women to come together.?
Vendors and organizations ? such as Planned Parenthood, the League of Women Voters and jewelry vendors ? will also be present at the festival, showcasing their work and raising awareness. Children?s activities will also be available.
?Our goal is to raise visibility for women on campus,? Dietzel said.
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Published: Mar 1, 2010 5:03 PM