'Lights for Rights' to celebrate international women's rights

March 24, 2009

A candlelight vigil and several guest speakers will highlight “Lights for Rights,” a celebration of international women’s rights. The event will be hosted by the University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 on the steps of Old Main at Penn State's University Park campus.

“Lights for Rights” will bring together international student groups and other Penn State organizations to express opposition to gender-based violence worldwide. The event is open to the public and is based on the belief that the Penn State campus should be free of violence and that all students’ rights should be upheld despite differences in race, gender, or religion.

Featured speakers for the event include Anne Ard, Executive Director of Centre County Women's Resource Center, who will talk about local women’s rights, and international student group representatives who will share information from their home countries.

Whitney Purcell, program coordinator for Global Relations and Promotion for UOGP, recognizes the campaign as a great opportunity to strengthen relationships between domestic and international students on campus. “I have heard from our students that they are looking for a chance to collaborate with one another on important issues, and this event is a wonderful way to have their voices heard,” said Purcell.

In an effort to raise awareness about international women’s rights, UOGP created a pledge signed by Penn State student groups to respect the rights of all human beings from around the world. Student groups were also presented a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written by the United Nations General Assembly.

For more information on “Lights for Rights” or to sign the International Women’s Rights Pledge, contact Allison Kershner, UOGP intern at ack5020@psu.edu.

UOGP assists more than 3,500 international students at Penn State and offers 150 study abroad programs in more than forty countries around the world. The office supports and encourages members of the Penn State community to pursue a global perspective in their education and in their workplace. UOGP offers a comprehensive range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for University faculty, staff, and students alike. UOGP programs promote cross-cultural interaction and help international students adjust to campus and life in the United States. For more information about UOGP visit http://www.international.psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 06, 2009