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Josef Korbel School of International Studies Humanitarian Assistance Program

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Past Events

International Women's Day

Panelists Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Lauren Heller Szafran, and Sue WeinsteinThe Humanitarian Assistance Program celebrated International Women's Day one day early with a day of events on March 7. This holiday recognizes the United Nations resolution to observe Women's Rights and International Peace, with the 2013 theme: "A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women."

The main event was an expert panel on violence against women in the humanitarian field. Panelists (from left to right) included:

  • Dr. Courtney Welton-Mitchell, who taught in the University of Denver's International Disaster Psychology program at the School of Professional Psychology and has a background which includes working with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) in Nepal and Tanzania refugee operations and current interests in GBV and crisis intervention.

  • Lauren Heller Szafran, who worked with the International Planned Parenthood Federation on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in emergencies and with the Women's Refugee Commission on SRH and disaster risk reduction;

  • Professor Sue Weinstein, an adjunct faculty at Korbel and who has a background which includes acting as a UNHCR Global Training Officer on gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection and as an IRC GBV Program Manager in Sierra Leone;

Students also organized a study break celebrating women, which featured an online quiz, prizes, music, and food. Students helped raise money for the Women's Bean Project, a Denver-based organization which helps women break the cycle of poverty by gaining skills for entry-level employment. Donations were also collected for SafeHouse Denver, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

To read more about the events for International Women's Day, check out our Winter 2013 Newsletter.