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Lecture Series: Empowering Women through Art and Action

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Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013 | 7 – 8:30 pm
$5 at the door; FREE for Burke members and UW students, staff, and faculty with UW ID

Discover the challenges and opportunities facing women around the world in a special lecture series at the Burke Museum. Talks include topics on
microfinance, women’s land rights, building fair trade networks, women-supported companies, and global health. Lectures led by Empowering Women Community Partners PATH, Global Partnerships, Ten Thousand Villages, and more.

Macro on Micro: Wednesday, September 25, 7 pm
Microfinance is touted as “one of the most successful economic innovations for people living in poverty.” But is it? Global Partnerships asks us to think differently about microfinance and explains how their funding strategy is evolving.

Women in Control: Wednesday, October 2, 6 pm
Washington Global Health, PATH and Open Arms will lead a frank discussion on how the ability to control family size and experience safe childbirth
enables women to dream, create, and work together to improve their own lives and that of their families and communities.

Her Land: Wednesday, October 9, 7 pm
Landesa’s visiting professional lawyers give us an inside take on advocating on an international stage for women’s lands rights in India and Africa.

Building Fair Trade Networks: Wednesday, October 16, 7 pm
Ten Thousand Villages’ director Doug Dirks shares stories about the establishment of artisan cooperatives around the world. As one of the
country’s oldest and largest Fair Trade merchandisers, they’ve seen countless lives transformed by fair wages.

Giving Back, Moving Forward: Thursday, October 24, 7 pm
Olowo-n’djo Tchala, founder of the skin-care company Alaffia, explains how a comprehensive fair trade approach preserves traditional resources and cultural knowledge. Tchala won Washington’s 2013 Jefferson Award in recognition of his mission to advance gender equality and alleviate poverty.

Learn more about the Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities exhibit on now at the Burke Museum. 

Gahaya Links member Christine Uwera with one of her peace baskets.
Photograph courtesy of Willa Shalit, Fair Winds Trading.
Lecture series support comes from EILEEN FISHER.