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International Institute of Wisconsin To Sponsor International Women’s Day Program

Dave Amoroso • Ron Sonntag Public Relations, Inc.
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MILWAUKEE —The International Institute of Wisconsin (IIW), an organization dedicated to the promotion of international cooperation, understanding, and a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural perspective, will co-sponsor with Sojourner Family Peace Center an International Women’s Day event on Wed., March 7 at the Sojourner Family Peace Center, 619 W Walnut St. in Milwaukee. Free and open to the public, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program will run from 6 – 8 p.m.

With a theme of “Celebrating Women of Courage and Determination,” the International Women’s Day mission is to educate, empower, and inspire women for the greater good of the community. In addition to the IIW, the event is being coordinated by a variety of local nonprofit organizations, including Art in Action, Inc., the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee African Women’s Association, Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition, and the UW-Milwaukee School of Education.

Speakers at the March 7, event will discuss several topics, including women’s leadership, overcoming adversity, and how one can change the world. Presenters include LaVerne Badger, a domestic violence survivor and activist working to educate, empower, and prevent the rise of domestic abuse, and Irina Kwiatkowska, Senior Vice President, District Manager Southern Wisconsin for Associated Bank.

“The world of work is changing, and those changes have significant implications for women,” said Alexander Durtka Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute of Wisconsin. “On one hand, we have globalization, a technological and digital revolution, and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labor, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies, and environmental impacts. These all must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment.”

Parking is available adjacent to at the Sojourner Family Peace Center and there is street parking in the area. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition, the IIW is cooperating with “Women Against Hate United by Love,” an art exhibition created by artists Kelly Parks Snider, Rachel Griffin, and Leigh Garcia in collaboration with key Milwaukee women leaders and change makers. The exhibit will be on display in the Rotunda at the Milwaukee City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Thurs., March 8, between 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., with an explanation of the artwork at 6:15 p.m. The artwork showcases powerful stories told by Milwaukee leaders impacted by bigotry, intolerance, and racism.

The IIW initiates, coordinates, and sponsors a variety of activities and programs appropriate to the fulfillment of its purpose, including immigration and social services, refugee resettlement, citizen diplomacy, and interpretation and translation. In addition, the IIW produces the annual Holiday Folk Fair International, with the 2018 event to be held Fri., Nov. 16 – Sun., Nov. 18 at the State Fair Park Exposition Center.

For more information on the International Women’s Day event or the IIW, call 414-225-6220.