International Leaders Gather for Second ‘Women of the Mountains’ Conference
February 23, 2011
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Rusty Butler (801) 863-8994
Numerous international ambassadors, United Nations executives and foreign government dignitaries will join scholars from Utah Valley University along with other universities and local high school students to discuss women’s issues at UVU on March 8-9.
The second Women of the Mountains Conference will kick off on International Women’s Day on March 8 at 8 a.m. in the UVU Library auditorium, Room 120.
Two days of sessions and panels will discuss the health and education of women and children in developing nations, human trafficking, women’s economic and leadership issues, and other topics. An earlier conference in 2007 drew 110 senior women leaders from 22 nations. The conference’s leadoff keynote speaker will be Palwasha Kakar, the Afghan deputy minister of women’s affairs.
“Our students and the community will have the opportunity to interact with global leaders regarding gender issues in developing nations,” said UVU Associate Vice President of the Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy Rusty Butler, one of the organizers of the conference. “We will host scholars from nearly 20 nations and many states who will discuss very pressing issues facing women and children, primarily in mountain nations.”
Local high school students that participated in a competition about these issues will read their papers at the Orem Public Library the evening before, on March 7, Butler said.
“Another important goal of the conference is to expand membership in the U.N. Mountain Partnership,” said conference co-organizer Ambassador Baktybek Abdrisaev, a lecturer at UVU. “A UVU student advocacy campaign stimulated the City of Orem and Salt Lake City to join this international alliance of institutions interested in global mountain development.”
Conference organizers are the UVU Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy, the Department of History & Political Science, the Office of Engaged Learning, and the Kyrgyz National Center for Development of Mountain Regions under the auspice of the U.N.-related Mountain Partnership. Sponsors and contributors include the UVU College of Humanities & Social Sciences and College of Sciences & Health, the Aspen International Mountain Forum, Vista 360, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and others.
The conference is free and open to the public. The agenda and locations may be obtained at the conference website: www.WomenoftheMountains.org.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to nearly 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.