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Activists and Scholars Speak Out on Women and Religious Fundamentalism

Contact: Jan Boudart
Phone: (773) 262-5864
E-mail: j-boudart (at)

Activists and Scholars Speak Out on
Women and Religious Fundamentalism

Chicago, March 5, 2002. In celebration of International Women's Day, the
International Women's Day 2002 Committee will be hosting a forum entitled
"Women Confronting Fundamentalism and the Religious Right at Home and
Abroad" to be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2002, at Roosevelt University,
430 S. Michigan, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This panel discussion will
link the impact of Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu fundamentalism on
women's lives in the U.S. and abroad.
The panel discussion, organized in part by local women's rights activist
Sonia Stevens, will feature five experts on religious fundamentalism and the
different ways they affect women's lives. "I am excited and honored to
assemble these women from our local community," Stevens said. "Through this
dialogue, a deeper understanding of the dangers of religious fundamentalism,
be it in Afghanistan or the U.S., will emerge." Speakers for the event
include: Toni Bond, founder of African American Women Evolving; Dr. Laila
Farah, assistant professor of Women's Studies at DePaul University and
performance artist; Deborah Benford, board member of Affinity Community
Services and LGBT liaison to the Black Radical Congress; Dr. Madhuri
Deshmukh, professor of English at Oakton Community College; and Dr. Janet
Afary, associate professor of History and Women's Studies at Purdue
This event is presented by the International Women's Day 2002 Committee.
Co-sponsors include:
> Affinity
> African American Women Evolving
> Apna Guar
> Autonomous Zone
> Chicago Abortion Fund
> Chicago Area Women's History Association
> Chicago Women's AIDS Project
> Chicago National Organization for Women
> Chimera
> Eighth Day Center for Peace and Justice
> Horizons Community Services
> IL Caucus for Adolescent Health
> Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center
> News and Letters Committees
> Pilsen /Southwest Side Green Party
> Planned Parenthood Chicago
> Rape Victim Advocates
> Rebel Girrl Collective
> Roosevelt Univ. Women's & Gender Studies Program
> Women's Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan.

This event is open to the public with a $3 suggested donation.
For more information, call 773/262-5864.



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