International Women’s Week to be recognized at Mount Allison, March 8–12
Mar 05, 2004

SACKVILLE, NB – Daily activities will be held at Mount Allison to recognize International Women’s Week, March 8 – 12. The theme for this year’s festivities is “The World is Yours.” Several groups including Leadership Mount Allison, the Student Advisory Council (SAC), the Women’s Studies department, the President’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, the Health Matter’s society, along with Mount Allison students have combined efforts to organize a week full of events.

The week kicks off with International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8. There will be an opening reception at the University Club to recognize the events. The event is from 5:30 – 7 p.m. and refreshments will be provided.

There will also be an educational outreach session held on March 8. From 1–3 p.m. Nurse/educator Cindy Crossman will present a talk entitled, “What to expect during a Well Women’s Clinic.” The session will take place at the Student Health Centre.

A Women’s Wellness Forum will be presented in conjunction with the outreach session on March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Wu Centre. The forum will feature five panelists from the campus and surrounding community who will discuss a number of topics related to women’s health. The purpose of the event is to engage women in discussion, allowing them the opportunity to actively express health concerns and questions.

On Tuesday, March 9 there is to be a coffee house showcasing Mount Allison talent through poetry and acoustic music. The time and location will be announced at a later date.

Muriel Duckworth will be speaking at the Wu Centre on Wednesday, March 10. “A Dialogue with Muriel Duckworth on Feminism, Peace, Social Justice and Environment ” will be held from 2:30 – 5:20 p.m. Muriel has been described as “a ‘90 something’ feminist, pacifist, Quaker and seasoned community activist for social and environmental justice.” She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and founded the national women’s peace organization – the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. On Thursday, March 11, there will be a reception for Muriel Duckworth from 5 – 7 p.m. It will be held at the University Club and Duckworth will be on hand for discussion and comments. The lecture is being presented by the Mount Allison department of Women’s Studies and Leadership Mount Allison.

On Friday, March 12, the final event for International Women’s Week will take place. “Women The Real World: A Presentation” will be held at 7 p.m. in the Crabtree Auditorium and will feature three presentations by women from the Mount Allison community. Melody Petlock will be talking about Tantramar Caring Communities, a project that combines secondary research from the local area with primary research conducted by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence in Fredericton. Alley Jensen will present her findings on assault (particularly sexual assault) on campus and in the surrounding community. Jennifer Ayer will speak on the midwifery movement. The talks will be followed by a film.

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