UI Women’s Center Celebrates International Women’s Day

Tuesday, March 4 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Women’s Center is joining with the International Programs Office and UI Oxfam for a student-led celebration for International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the UI Commons food court and Whitewater Room. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are looking forward to celebrating women with the entire campus,” said Lysa Salsbury, Women’s Center director. “I’m especially excited that this effort has been student driven. It shows that it’s relevant and import on our campus, as well as across the world.”

The celebration will include a stage in the food court, featuring performances of music and dance, and an information tabling fair in the Whitewater Room.

Students from the American Language and Culture Program have been working on performances and displays as part of a service-learning project in collaboration with students from Ken Faunce’s Globalization Integrated Seminar class.

Performances were accepted from anyone who wanted to celebrate women in their culture through artistic means such as spoken word poetry, instrumental music, dancing and singing. Some of the performances students hope to showcase include Brazilian dance, Chinese song and a parade of international fashion.

Students involved in planning the event who preferred not to perform were encouraged to create a table display highlighting women in their culture for the tabling fair. Displays will include henna tattooing from Pakistan, an informational display about women in the U.S., and a look at how International Women’s Day is celebrated in Russia.

The UI Oxfam Club is sponsoring a table at the information fair featuring women farmers around the world who have worked with Oxfam, and the International Affairs Club will host a table highlighting the global history of International Women’s Day.

Attendees at the information fair will be eligible to win a raffle basket sponsored by the UI Women’s Center. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.

International Women's Day, celebrated worldwide on March 8, is a global day aimed at celebrating the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.

The idea of designating an annual date as International Women’s Day was originally proposed at the second International Conference of Working Women held in Copenhagen in 1910. The first observances of International Women’s Day took place in 1911, and were celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The University of Idaho has observed International Women’s Day every year since 2006.

About the UI Women’s Center:
Since 1972, the University of Idaho Women's Center has been a voice for gender equity on campus, discussing issues of concern to women and other targeted groups, holding informational conferences, organizing educational programs, networking and engaging the campus and local communities in dialogue in an effort to build a more inclusive and compassionate society. For more information, call (208) 885-6616, e-mail wcenter@uidaho.edu, or visit www.uidaho.edu/womenscenter.

Lysa Salsbury
Director, Women’s Center
(208) 885-2777

About the University of Idaho
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