On Saturday, March 8th, join Burlington College in a community-wide celebration of International Women’s Day. This event will reflect our city's diversity through the shared stories of immigrant and refugee women about their journeys from Africa, Europe, India, Asia, Nepal and the Arab world. Recipes from around the world will be available for sampling.
This past weekend, Fatuma Bulle, a Burlington College student working on her BA in International Relations and Diplomacy, was featured in the Saturday edition of the Burlington Free Press talking about this event and her own journey from Somalia to Vermont. Bulle is one of several organizing the event, including Sandy Baird, Burlington College’s chair of legal and justice studies, as well as our Institute for Civic Engagement.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Much progress has been made to protect and promote women’s rights recently, however, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men according to the UN. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women also continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.
We invite you to come join our March 8th festivities!