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SUBJECT: Memorial's Women's Resource Centre celebrates International Women's Day
DATE: March 7, 2003

International Women's Day will be celebrated this year in Memorial University's very own corner of the world. Organized by the Women's Resource Centre, a celebration of women's progress will weave its way through the University Centre and out into the community, complete with music, art, demonstrations, and information. "International Women's Day is going to bring something special to campus this year," said Nancy Cater, a co-organizer of the event, along with Amie Esperanza, Nicole Hall, and Kelly Hickey.

Established in 1977 by the United Nations, this special day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to advance women's equality, to assess the challenges facing women in contemporary society, to consider future steps to enhance the status of women and, of course, to celebrate the gains made in these areas. "There is a theme this year, as there is every year," Ms. Cater explained. "The theme is World-Wide Women (WWW), meant to encourage Canadians to take a closer look at the impact of new information and communication technologies, in particular Internet applications, on women, and their use as a tool to empower and to promote women's equality. We have decided, however, to avoid the possible limitations of a theme, and instead, to be more inclusive of the great diversity that exists in the female community."

This year, Canadians are celebrating International Women's Week (IWW) from Sunday, March 2, to Sunday, March 9, with the highlight being International Women's Day on March 8. The St. John's Women's Centre, located at 83 Military Road, is also uniting in celebration, with special festivities planned all throughout this period.

"There will be music, poetry, a Bread and Roses brunch, a TGIF at the centre, and much, much more," noted Vicki Hallett, a member of the Women's Centre's 'motherboard'.

Carolyn Norberg is committee coordinator this year, and can be reached at 753-0220 by all those who would like to come along. With so many special events planned for both the community and the campus, it will be easier than ever to take it all in, as Memorial University's Women's Resource Centre plans on holding their celebration on Friday, March 7, so that they might reach as many students as possible. Ms. Cater commented, "We try to bring as much awareness to the university as we possibly can - being that we are all students ourselves - sharing knowledge whenever possible".

As the joyous celebrations of world-wide women unite this week, there is, underpinning it all, a deep sense of thankfulness for all that has been achieved, and yet a burning determination, for all that is yet to be done.

"We hope to use this celebration of International Women's Day as a forum to show women on campus the many opportunities available to them in the community," Ms. Cater concluded. "By providing as many aspects and outlets as possible, we want to exemplify and ignite the spark of change for the overall female community, in St. John's and beyond."

To find out more, please contact the Women's Resource Centre at 737-4366.

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