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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2010

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2010


 Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) is pleased to announce its third annual breakfast in celebration of International Women’s Day, to be held Tuesday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. in Heritage Hall of the HUB. Featured speaker this year is Ann Tickamyer, professor of rural sociology and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology.   Her scholarship focuses on rural poverty and development, gender and work, and social welfare provision in the U.S., Indonesia, and Southeast Asia.  She will speak on the timely subject of “Women in Disaster Relief and Recovery.” 

 "Disasters act as gender neutral,” Prof. Tickamyer notes, “but they affect genders differently. Women are disproportionally victimized. Relief efforts need to be planned differently for women and men instead of being treated as gender neutral.  Women need to be targeted differently."

 In addition, to Prof. Tickamyer’s featured speech, six women from various Penn State campuses and the local community will be honored with International Women’s Day Spirit of Internationalization Awards. These annual awards honor women with international interests who have shown extraordinary strength of character and commitment to the cause of internationalization, whether through a specialized focus on one project, or a variety of initiatives or methods of support.

 The 2010 award winners include:

 ·    Benta Abuya—Doctoral student from Kenya studying Education Theory and Policy

·    Deanna Behring—Director of International Programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences 

·    Polly Dunn—Coordinator of Global Connections’ International Friendship Program

·    Eva Letwin—Member of Board of Directors of the Centre County United Nations Association

·    Jackie McLaughlin—Associate Professor of Biology, Penn State Lehigh Valley