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September 09, 2013

Empowering Women Fall Programs Explore Global Development Issues from a Local Perspective

Through October 27, 2013
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – If you want to lift rural families and communities in developing nations out of poverty, put income in the hands of women.

This is the conclusion of a growing body of research: income in the hands of women translates into improved child nutrition, health, and education. It’s also the one of the key messages behind Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, an exhibit currently on display at the Burke Museum.

This fall, the Burke Museum will delve into the multitude of issues raised by this show in a series of programs featuring experts from Seattle's extensive network of global development organizations. The exhibit will close with a festival featuring local women artists.

Lecture Series: Empowering Women through Art & Action

Discover the challenges and opportunities facing women around the world in a special lecture series at the Burke Museum. Topics include 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.

Lineup of talks:

Macro on Micro
Wednesday, September 25, 7 pm, Burke Museum
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, Burke Museum
Washington Global Health Alliance, PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 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, Burke Museum

Women’s land rights activists, participants in Landesa’s Visiting Professionals Program, give us an inside look at advocating for women's land rights in India and Africa. These international development practitioners will discuss their current projects and experiences working on the front lines, helping women obtain rights to land.

Building Fair Trade Networks
Wednesday, October 16, 7 pm, Burke Museum
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, Burke Museum
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.

Festival and Exhibit Closing
ISIS: Women Arts Festival
Sunday, October 27, 1 pm, Burke Museum
Join the Burke Museum and ISIS: Women Arts Festival to support local female artists! See performances and meet Seattle visual artists, musicians, writers, and dance artists from all walks of life. Also check out the Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities exhibit before it closes.

For more information on the Empowering Women exhibit and fall programs, go to burkemuseum.org/empowering.

High resolution images available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

Empowering Women is a traveling exhibition originated by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with guest curator Dr. Suzanne Seriff. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is hosting the exhibit with sponsorship from: 4Culture, Microsoft, and Quest for Truth Foundation; and support from: Kym Aughtry, DaMa Wines, Eileen Fischer, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, Marrella Fund, OneFamily Foundation, Ten Thousand Villages, Tulalip Tribes, Women's Funding Alliance, and U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

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Kalpana Sathish, from ActionAid India, is an advocate and lobbyist for legal reforms for marginalized women. She will speak at the “Her Land” talk on Wednesday, October 9.
Photo courtesy of Landesa.