Friday, March 10, 2006

Join Us For International Women's Day

From the Alabama chapter of NOW
Please join us tomorrow in Montgomery, Alabama.

For Immediate Release Contact Kim Adams, 205-387-2368
March 7, 2006 President, Alabama NOW
Local Contact:
Cheryl Sabel, Acting President, Montgomery NOW
(334) 303-4456

JOIN ALABAMA National Organization for Women (NOW)
Where: Capital Steps, Montgomery
When: March 11, 2006
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Since 1975, March 8 has been celebrated as International Women's Day, “to commemorate the historic struggle to improve women's lives.” It is celebrated around the world at local and national levels.

The theme of International Women's Day for 2006, "Women in decision-making: meeting challenges, creating change," is central to the advancement of women around the world, and to the progress of humankind as a whole.

Join Alabama National Organization for Women as we celebrate International Women’s Day by speaking out for women.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Entisar Mohammad Ariabi, who will talk about the deteriorating health care system in Iraq. Dr. Ariabi arrived in the U.S. on March 5th with a delegation of Iraqi women who want to tell their stories to the American public and urge U.S. and U.N. officials to create a peace plan to end the escalating cycle of violence. Dr. Ariabi is a pharmacist at the Yarmook Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, where she lives with her husband and five children. She is involved in providing medical and food emergency relief to families in villages and towns devastated by war. She is especially concerned about the lack of medicines and medical supplies and destruction of hospitals.

Other speakers and topics include Dr. Mike Wilson, Associate Professor of Sociology, UAB, "What We Are Facing and Why We Need to Get Serious about It"; Monica Ramirez, Southern Poverty Law Center, Project Director, Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative, gender discrimination against immigrant women; Barbara Evans, Alabama Watch, poverty and its impact on women and children; Ekta Saroha will relate the story of a Pakistani heroine; Trish O’Kane, Loyola University, impacts of Hurricane Katrina; Jenny Ingram, violence against women in U.S. and throughout the world; Sharon Tounzen, Huntsville NOW, mother and children’s rights in Alabama; Joshua Frazier, Amnesty International, treatment of female prisoners; Jill Bates, Alabama Equality Board Member, equal marriage/lesbian rights/the hate crimes bill; Georgette Norman, Director, Troy University Rosa Parks Museum, racism; Joi Miner, sexual assault; Lillian Zaworski, Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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