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Loyola celebrates International Women's Day

February 26, 2010

In recognition of International Women’s Day 2010, Loyola University New Orleans will participate in two Half the Sky events. “Half the Sky,” written by Pulitzer Prize winners Nick Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn, is the recently published book about the extraordinary struggles and triumphs of women in developing countries. The events are sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, the Loyola University Community Action Program and the Center for International Education, in conjunction with the non-profit CARE.

The first event, “Changing the World One Woman at a Time,” is on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Audubon Room, located in the Danna Student Center. Representatives from CARE, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting global poverty with a special focus on women and children, will discuss their work around the world and in Haiti. Information will be provided about their work with the Half the Sky movement, ideas will be discussed about what people can do to help support the people of Haiti. It is free and open to the public.

The following evening, Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m., CARE presents “Half the Sky LIVE” at AMC Theatres - Elmwood Palace 20, located at 1200 Elmwood Park Blvd., in Harahan, La. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased online at www.halftheskylive.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to CARE. The film will be shown in theaters nationwide at the same time.

Inspired by the best-selling book, Half the Sky LIVE celebrates International Women’s Day 2010 with musical performances, celebrity commentary and the world premiere of “Woineshet,” a powerful short film directed by Academy Award® winner Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone. “Woineshet” chronicles the struggles of a poor Ethiopian woman who ultimately triumphs over sexual violence and discrimination.

This one-night-only, interactive event is intended to motivate audiences to participate in the growing movement to empower women and girls in the fight against global poverty. As featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, and Dateline NBC, “Half the Sky” remains a New York Times bestseller and a critical favorite across the globe. Tom Brokaw says, “A passionate and persuasive plea to all of us to say ‘No More!’”

For more information, contact Karen Reichard in the Women’s Resource Center at 504-864-7881 or reichard@loyno.edu.

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