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Caraway kicks-off National Women’s History Month on March 8

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Date: Thursday, March 3, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Dr. Nancie Caraway

As part of the National Women’s History Month celebration, the University of Hawaii at Hilo Women’s Center invites the public to hear Dr. Nancie Caraway on Tuesday, March 8 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in UCB 127 as part of International Women’s Day.

Caraway, director of Women’s Human Rights Projects of the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, will speak on “Do No Harm: Forced Labor, Human Trafficking and ‘Sexual Slavery.’” Her talk will look at human trafficking in the Asia Pacific region, including Hawai`i, the politics of sweatshops and ways in which recent politics reduce the issues to “sexual slavery.”

Since 2000, Caraway has worked on issues of racism, forced labor, and human trafficking in the Asia Pacific region. She is an internationally recognized spokesperson for ending human trafficking, and chairs the Hawai’i Anti-Trafficking Task Force, which has been compiling data on human trafficking in the Hawaiian Islands. In 2002, she directed an international conference in Hawai`i on “The Human Rights Challenge of Globalization in US-Asia-Pacific: Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.” Caraway is also coordinator of a project to raise awareness on the plight of women and girls in Afghanistan.

International Women’s Day, first celebrated at the turn of the 20th century, is now considered a national holiday in many countries. International students at UH Hilo will also celebrate the lives of women in their countries on March 8 through displays on the Library Lanai from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the International Women’s Day events.

The National Women’s History Month Celebration will continue with events throughout the month of March. Films, a poetry reading with Manulani Meyer, Carrie Blankfield and Kenith Simmons, and a talk by Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu are part of the month’s events. All are free and open to the public.

Contact the UH Hilo Women’s Center at 974-7306 for more information and a calendar of events.


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