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International Women's Day Festival is March 17

Women of all ages from America and abroad are preparing for the Ohio University Women's Center's 5th annual International Women's Day Festival.

The 2013 International Women's Day Festival is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Baker University Center Ballroom. This year's theme is "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women."

Ohio University graduate student Katie Moore is the logistics coordinator for this year's event.

She described the festival as "a transformational event for women to come together to celebrate the past, present and future accomplishments of women worldwide. It will be a fun, inspiring event."

The festival features live performances, educational displays, vendors and presenters. The lineup for this year's event includes a Middle Eastern Fusion dance, Indonesian shadow puppets, presentations about gender equity in Syria, original poetry and music, and a fashion show, among others.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our international and domestic women to learn about each other, celebrate each other and build connections," explained Dr. Susanne Dietzel, director of the Ohio University Women's Center.

The International Women's Day Festival is sponsored by the Ohio University Women's Center, Multicultural Center, Black Student Cultural Programming Board and International Student Union.

According to Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, associate director of the Ohio University Multicultural Center, "International Women's Day is a wonderful opportunity for women from all over the world to come together and share their talents and experiences. This is also a great learning opportunity for all of our students."

Ohio University and Athens community members of all genders and ages are invited to attend. Free child is provided.

For more information visit www.ohio.edu/womenscenter, call the Women's Center at 740-593-9625 or visit Baker University Center 403.