Simon's Rock College in collaboration with Berkshire Friends of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, and the Women's Interfaith Institute of the Berkshires will present the Sixth Annual International Women's Day Conference Saturday, March 24, from 9 am to 5 pm. This unique one-day conference will host ten international and local speakers who will gather to present on this years' theme: "From Literacy to Leadership: Education Empowering Women Worldwide."
The conference will address issues affecting women both locally and internationally while examining the successes and challenges of educational policy across the globe. Some conference highlights include presentations on the new Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's educational initiatives for women in Liberia. The conference will also feature a distinguished panel of college presidents, including Creighton; Mary Grant, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts; and Mary Marcy, provost and vice president of Simon's Rock College.
Other distinguished presenters include Dr. Emily Vargas-Barón, an international educational policy specialist and director of the Institute for Reconstruction in Washington, DC; Vivian Lowery Derryck, senior vice president of the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC; and Fahima Vorgetts, founding board member of Women for Afghan Women, based in both New York and Washington, DC.
Special performances will also be given by students in the Simon's Rock theatre program as well as Youth Alive! African American Girls' STEP Dance Troupe. The fee for the conference is $40 and includes a continental breakfast and buffet luncheon. Some scholarships are available. For more information and to register, please call 413-528-7394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.