April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, as well as the time when the UMKC Women’s Center holds its annual Take Back the Night rally and march. This year’s Take Back the Night will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. We will also celebrate Denim Day on Thursday, April 23 and sponsor awareness tables on various dates. See the press release for dates and details.
The UMKC Women’s Center is blessed with a wonderful group of women and men who serve as members of the Chancellor’s Advisory Board to the Women’s Center (CAWBC). They dedicate their time and energy to making the Center and the world a better place — and make my job not just easier to do, but enjoyable. Our Board truly is the envy of many of my colleagues around the country, as well as an asset to the Center and UMKC.
Nearly half of the 200 Boston teenagers interviewed for an informal poll said pop star Rihanna was responsible for the beating she allegedly took at the hands of her boyfriend, fellow music star Chris Brown, in February.
Because we so often use this space to draw attention to continuing inequities, it’s always nice to be able to report good news for a change. And today we had very good news indeed when it was announced that President Obama created a White House Council on Women and Girls. Below is the video of the announcement — it’s long, but worth watching. Truly, this is something for us to celebrate today.
March is Women’s History Month! Check out the calendar of events happening at the Women’s Center and UMKC campus: http://www.umkc.edu/womenc/herstory.asp.
In November 2008, we were lucky enough to be able to bring in a panel of fabulous women talking about intergenerational feminism (Women, Girls, Ladies), and we follow their blogs and writings faithfully. They’ve got a new piece up over at the Women’s Media Center, titled “Life and Work: A Conversation for International Women’s Day.” They are, as always, brilliant. Go read it and have a happy International Women’s Day!
I am sorry to report that the Consortium of Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women (organizers of the Pink Chaddi Campaign) is reporting that there have been five new attacks on Indian women in the past two days (see here, here, and here for updates).
You might remember that a couple of weeks ago we wrote about a campaign to support Indian women on Valentine’s Day (if you don’t, click here to read that post). Well, we’ve some good news / bad news updates. The good news is the pictures below of local UMKC women toasting Indian women on Valentine’s Day:
This week wraps up our month of V-Day celebrations with our performances of The Vagina Monologues and Any One of Us: Words from Prison (February 25 & 26, respectively. Click here for more details and to purchase tickets).