Union College hosts Amnesty International statewide forum
LINCOLN—On Sunday, Oct. 23,
Union College will host an Amnesty International statewide forum on the
abuse of women’s rights in Africa. Anyone interested in human rights is
encouraged to attend this forum, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration begins at 9:45 a.m in the Everett Dick Administration
Building located at the center of the Union College campus, 3800 South
48th St. High school and college students from local Amnesty chapters will
assist with the event.
This will be the second annual
statewide event Union College has hosted for Amnesty International. “We’re
holding it here because this campus is proud to stand up for human
rights,” said Chris Blake, associate professor of communication at Union.
The forum will begin with Dori
Densmore, Midwest regional director for the nonpolitical global
organization, who will explain the philosophical framework of Amnesty
International and explore the basic concepts of human rights, both
domestic and international.
Gloria Kilanko, director and
coordinator of Women Watch Afrika, Inc. and keynote speaker for the forum,
will also speak during the afternoon workshop sessions. Among Kilanko’s
long list of experience credentials, she initiated and set up a rural
women’s cooperative society in five states in Nigeria. She said in 1993:
“The role of women in African society has been conditioned by the ideology
of patriarchy, which defined is the ‘belief in the natural superiority of
the male gender, and thus, the necessary sufficient dominance of the male
sex.’ Every other thing in African society is seen in relation to male
interest, needs and concerns.”
Other workshop speakers include Jen
Deets, art teacher at Bryan Learning Center, whose presentation is
entitled “Using Visual Art to Hit the Issues,” and Christopher Watson,
field organizer in the Midwest Regional Office of Amnesty International
USA, who will speak on the role of men in countering gender-based
violence. Blake, who is also faculty sponsor of Union’s Amnesty chapter,
will explore methods of non-combative confrontation.
A panel discussion between workshop
leaders will follow workshop sessions. The panel discussion will be
facilitated by Robert Hitchcock, professor of anthropology at UNL.
For more information about the
statewide forum or to register, please contact Ron Bowlin or Suzy Pregner
at 402.483.1697 or via e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration in advance is preferred but not
required. Cost is $8 per person, which includes lunch.