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Women of the Mountains to hold fundraiser for annual conference at UVU

15 August 2015 No Comment

For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

Utah Valley University and the Kyrgyz National Centre for Development of Mountain Regions has established, “Women of the Mountains,” an international conference under the umbrella of the United Nations Mountain Partnership, that addresses issues critical to women and children of the mountainous nations. In addition, Women of the Mountains promote a gender agenda both in the Rocky Mountains and globally.

Established in 2007, conferences promote contribution of family values and women to the success of economic development in the state of Utah as part of advocacy of gender and sustainable mountain development agendas and raise awareness about needs and challenges faced by mountain communities both in the region and globally.

“For the first time UVU students will host United Nations-related forum at UVU campus,” said Rusty Butler, associate vice president for International Affairs and Diplomacy, and coordinator of programs of the United Nations Mountain Partnership at UVU. “It is such a great example of community engaged learning for them both on local and global levels.”

In preparation for its fourth conference set for Oct. 7-9 at UVU, Women of the Mountains will hold a fundraiser Aug. 29. The documentary, “To Climb a Gold Mountain, will be shown at 6 p.m. at Pacific Heritage Academy, 1755 W. 1100 North, Rose Park, Utah. The documentary traces the lives of four Chinese women when the first Chinatown appeared in Los Angeles. This 160-year narrative shares the bonds of these women as they have transcended time and circumstance. A silent auction, featuring items donated by local community partners, will be held to benefit the organization’s fall conference. Jennifer Starley, press secretary of the organizing committee of the Conference said, “This silent auction will contribute to the overall success of our upcoming conference and would like to invite everyone to be part of it.”

The conference is part of an ongoing project, under the umbrella of the United Nations Mountain Partnership, with UVU in a leading role. Representatives of the United Nations Mountain Partnership, the World Bank, the U.S. State Department, ambassadors of a various mountain nations accredited to the United States and the United Nations will attend the conference. National and state scholars on gender issues and leaders in business and women’s issues will also attend.

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"To Climb a Gold Mountain, traces the lives of four Chinese women when the first Chinatown appeared in Los Angeles.

The documentary, “To Climb a Gold Mountain,” traces the lives of four Chinese women when the first Chinatown appeared in Los Angeles.

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