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Women Oppressed Around the Globe: Sexual Slavery, Human Trafficking, and Maternal Health with Becky Stiger

When Mar 08, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
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Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Join Becky Stiger at Decorah Public Library on Thursday March 8 at 7 p.m. for a short presentation on ways that women are oppressed around the globe and in the US. Stiger’s presentation will be followed by group discussion based on the book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. Copies of the book are currently available for check-out at the front desk of the library. It is not necessary to have read the book to participate.

 

“Half the Sky” tells inspiring stories of extraordinary women and girls who are oppressed in many ways around the world: what the authors call “the central moral challenge” of our time. They do not see these women as the problem but rather as the solution, as they tell the stories of women claiming their voices, going to school, growing small businesses through entrepreneurship and micro-lending, and changing laws and cultural practices through courageous advocacy. These changes lead to educated women, smaller families, economic development, a decline in poverty, and human rights for women and girls.

 

Presenter Becky Stiger has been studying and working in the field of women’s oppression and human trafficking for four years in Decorah, St. Louis, and Chicago. She works as a Program Development Director with Traffick Free, a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to provide public awareness and advocacy as well as direct services for victims.

 

Stiger earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Luther College in 2008; then completed a Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her graduate school concentration was in Victim Services and Community Relations with specializations in Human Trafficking and Program Development. She currently resides on the north side of Chicago and enjoys yoga and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.