Local Celebration of a Global Women’s Event
Athens, W.Va. - International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated Wednesday, March 8, 2000, 12:00 p.m., in front of the College Center at Concord College in Athens, W.Va. A Unity March is planned. The Woman’s Advocacy Group (WAG), composed of female students and faculty, was formed last fall to promote awareness about women’s issues in higher education. This is the first year that Concord College has participated in IWD. Similar marches are being held in countries around the world.
According to the United Nations Department of Public Information, International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history, rooted in the centuries-old struggle for equality. In Women’s Initiatives and Activities Worldwide, Ann S. Walker explains that, "The idea of an International Women’s Day has multiple roots in events that took place at the turn of the century… The first National Woman’s Day was observed across the USA on February 28, 1910. This year’s theme is "Women Working for Health: Body, Mind, Spirit."
Dr. Carol Manzione, spokesperson for WAG and a faculty member at Concord College, proposed a Unity March "to celebrate the lives of ordinary and extraordinary women that have influenced and shaped our lives. The march will be a peaceful celebration of women’s past and present struggles and their hopes for the future, including equality and justice within political and cultural systems that have traditionally treated women as inferior to men."
A workshop on sexual assault is scheduled after the Unity March. It will be in the State Room of the College Center from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Representatives from the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office and S.A.F.E. (Stop Abusive Family Environments, Inc.) will provide information on legal rights, procedures on filing a complaint, and local resources, referrals, and services. Although planned for women, this workshop is open to all victims of sexual assault and all interested parties.
For more information on these events, please contact Dr. Carol Manzione at 1-304-384-5262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord College Notes (From the United Nations Department of Public Information): Few causes promoted by the United Nations have generated more intense and widespread support than the campaign to promote and protect the equal rights of women. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in San Francisco in 1945, was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. Since then, the Organization has helped create a historic legacy of internationally agreed strategies, standards, programs and goals to advance the status of women worldwide. Over the years, United Nations action for the advancement of women has taken four clear directions: promotion of legal measures; mobilization of public opinion and international action; training and research, including the compilation of gender desegregated statistics; and direct assistance to disadvantaged groups. Today a central organizing principle of the work of the United Nations is that no enduring solution to society's most threatening social, economic and political problems can be found without the full participation, and the full empowerment, of the world's women.