Bahai News - Womyn's Herstory Week highlights women's needs
Womyn's Herstory Week highlights women's needs
From women's health to body image, the Oregon State student task force
looks for ways to empower and inform
The Daily Barometer
The OSU student task force is hosting Womyn's Herstory Week, an event that
it hopes will empower and inform both women and men.
"I was trying to have a theme for every day" about issues that affect women,
said Ioana Jurcovan, task force director and coordinator of the events.
All events for the week are free and open to anyone interested in
learning more about women's issues.
Jurcovan said that she hopes the events, which focus on both men and women,
will be interesting for both groups and that members of both sexes will
What sometimes happens is that people who are knowledgeable about the
issues will attend the meetings, she said. The task force would like to
see people attend who have not been exposed to these ideas.
Tuesday's discussions focused on how women are viewed in religion.
Vida Ellins, a member of the Baha'i faith auxiliary board, opened the
discussion with examples of the way women are seen in the Baha'i faith
and then asked the audience to share their experiences with faith.
Today's events will focus on body image.
Mariette Brouwers, who works with support groups at University Counseling
and Psychological Services, will be speaking on eating disorders.
"It should be interesting and very powerful," Jurcovan said.
Brouwers' discussion will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Memorial Union.
A documentary/film titled "The Ad and The Ego" will be played this evening.
The video discusses advertisements and how they affect society and women.
The movie quotes a variety of experts from diverse backgrounds and gives
several examples of advertisements and how they are used to portray the
ideal for women in society, Jurcovan said.
"I think it's a very good movie and that many people will have a lot to
learn from it," she said.
The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. in the MU Lounge.
Women's health issues will be the focus of the discussions to be held
Janet Lee of the Women's Center will head the first discussion,
Lee will talk about the complex and conflicting feelings that most girls
have about their first periods, Jurcovan said, adding that, "We don't
really talk about periods because it's kind of taboo."
Lee's discussion will begin at noon at the Women's Center.
Margo Denason from the Valley AIDS information network will discuss
"What Every Woman Should Know About AIDS" at 1 p.m. in the MU.
The lecture will draw from Denason's personal experience with women who
Rounding out Womyn's Herstory Week will be "International Womyn's Day,"
Friday at 3 p.m. in MU 206. Three international students will speak from
personal experience on the "roles of women in their society," Jurcovan
said. For example, one speaker is from Finland where the current
president is a woman. Another student is from Nigeria where women live
in a more restrictive society than men.
Jurcovan is currently looking for an Asian exchange student to fill the
role of the third speaker.
I'm trying to show the variety of ways women are viewed in international
society today, she said.
All events are free and open to the public.
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