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Participants in last year's International Bazaar serve up a delicious feast.

 

The International Centre at Memorial University will celebrate International Development Week (IDW) on the St. John's campus Feb. 6-8.

A series of events have been organized with the goal to raise awareness of key issues related to international development. A central event this year is the combined International Bazaar and Go Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

Everyone is invited to enjoy the many cultures that exist on campus at Memorial while simultaneously exploring opportunities to study, work or research abroad.
The focus of this year's event is Empowering Women and Girls. Despite progress, the lives of millions of girls and women are still overshadowed by discrimination and disempowerment. Girls and women are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS and women in most places earn less than men for equal work. Up to 70 per cent of women experience violence in their lifetime and more than half of the 67 million primary school age children out of school are girls. Investment in the health and education of women and girls is key to solving many of the world's problems.

Elizabeth McCormack, Sexual Harassment Educator, in consultation with Cathy Morris, Memorial's Sexual Harassment Advisor, expresses the position of the Sexual Harassment Office as: "A critical building block in empowering women and girls and engendering equality comes from the elimination of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. These inequalities deny women and girls their respect, human rights and opportunity."

A panel session on empowering women and girls will be held at The Loft in the University Centre on Feb. 8, from 2-3 p.m. Panellists will include Elizabeth McCormack, Dr. Shree Mulay and Miriam Anderson. All are welcome to attend. For further details, timing and location of events, please visit www.mun.ca/international/idw.php.

IDW was launched by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1990 and is an annual opportunity for students and the wider community to engage in the sharing of global concerns. From Feb. 6-8, the St. John's and the Marine Institute campuses will showcase their respective international activities and the diverse cultures that thrive here. There will also be many opportunities to learn how to make a difference on an international scale by becoming involved locally and globally.

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