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Monday, February 28, 2011

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day!

Did you know that even though women produce 60 to 80 percent of the food in developing countries, they own just 2 percent of the land? Despite their enormous contributions to the global food supply, many women farmers lack opportunities to earn a decent income. They are also undervalued and underrepresented in economic and agricultural decision-making. Furthermore, drought and erratic rainfall caused by climate change disturb the growing and harvesting process, putting these women and their families at risk of going hungry.

Oxfam America is creating awareness about this often overlooked issue by celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The free event is open to all ages and will include a reception with a film screening and panel discussion of "Sisters on the Planet." The event will feature Haitian farmer Jacqueline Morette, who will share her experiences with injustice, food insecurity, and her activism in her community and beyond. Attendees will also hear from representatives from Chicago Fair Trade and Amnesty International, as well as Marlo Boyle of Aveda, the MC for the evening.

Don't miss out on this exciting and powerful event!

Event details:
March 7, 2011
University Center Conference Chicago Loop
River Room 2nd Floor
525 S. State Street
Chicago 60605

Check out the event's Facebook page for further details.

Technorati tags: Planned Parenthood, International Women's Day, Oxfam


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