International Women’s Day March at Concord College, Friday, March 8
Athens, W.Va. - The third annual International Women’s Day march and rally will be held Friday, March 8, 2002 at Concord College from noon to 1:00 p.m. The march route will begin in front of the College Center and end in the area between Marsh Hall and Alexander Fine Arts Center.
The rally is sponsored by AWARE (Advocates of Women: Active, Respected, Educated), a women’s support group at the College. AWARE's mission is to increase action, respect and education for issues involving women, recognizing that anything affecting women is of vital importance to the entire Concord College community. According to Dr. Carol Manzione, assistant professor of history at the College and member of AWARE, the theme this year will be safety and stopping violence against women. "We will celebrate the new freedom of women in Afghanistan," Manzione said. "We will discuss safety strategies and talk about the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)." Kathy Wallace, attorney, will speak in the College Center State Room immediately after the march about issues surrounding domestic violence.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated for over a century as a recognition and celebration of the contributions of women. IWD also serves as a public forum to announce commitment to specific courses of action and as an opportunity to renew commitments to the struggle for women’s rights. There will be a variety of global activities on March 8, occurring on every continent by a variety of organizations. Since 1977, International Women’s Day has received the endorsement of the United Nations. Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated, "On this International Women’s Day, as we prepare to the vital challenges before us, let us all be mindful that the achievement of women’s rights is not the responsibility of women alone–it is the responsibility of us all. Let us step up our efforts to create an environment where progress toward gender equality is not a daily struggle but a natural part of all our actions."
Dr. Manzione added, "It is a global celebration, a time to recognize our achievements, articulate our dreams and hopes, and identify those areas of concern that need our immediate action."
For more information contact Dr. Carol Manzione at 1-304-384-5262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord College Notes: Keith Circle, a student in Concord College’s Communication Arts Department wrote this press release. His hometown is Athens, W.Va. His anticipated graduation date is August 2003.