MINNEAPOLIS (February 24, 2011) – More than 200 refugee and immigrant community participants, nonprofit leaders, advocacy organizations, state and foundation representatives will mark the centenary of International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the 2nd annual Refugee and Immigrant Women for Change community forum.
The free community event will be held from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine University’s, Coeur de Catherine Student Center, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55105.
“Soaring toward Gender Democracy: A Community Dialogue” shares back what RIWC has learned on gender issues from 16 listening sessions with 150 Asian, African, and Latino men, women, and youth through artistic performance. It will provide space for participants’ input on how RIWC, in partnership with its communities, can better support and empower refugee and immigrant women. It urgently calls for achieving gender equity for all.
“We have a lot to learn from each other as we dream, aspire, and work for a world in which a harmonious existence is achieved with each of us, men and women, speaking, living, and being as one with voice, participation and influence on everything that shapes our individual, family, and community life”, says Pham Thi Hoa, executive director, Center for Asian Pacific Islanders, the lead organizer of Refugee and Immigrant Women for Change. “That’s Gender Democracy for RIWC,” she added.
RIWC is a seven-member, multiethnic coalition of community service organizations that seeks to achieve gender equity through dialogue and community-identified action where women have violence free homes, fair access to health care, education, and life-skills training, and economic independence and vitality.