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For Immediate Release (00-08)
Date: March 14, 2000
Contacts:    Dr. Brianne Friel, 240-567-5152
                  Renate Laine, 240-567-7970

Montgomery College Women’s Studies Program Celebrates
Women’s History Month 2000 with a Host of Activities
Founder and president of Women for Women International named
International Women’s Day Speaker

Rockville, Maryland - Ms. Zainab Salbi, founder and president of Women for Women International, will provide a lecture on the effects of war and long-term political strife on women in Bosnia, Rwanda, Croatia, and Kosovo on Tuesday, March 21, at 1 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus.  The campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street.

Ms. Salbi founded Women for Women International to redress the lack of response from the international community to the concentration and rape camps in Bosnia. Her organization now provides economic, interpersonal, and educational services to women survivors of war in Bosnia, Croatia, Rwanda, and Kosovo and has sent more than $2 million in direct aid and loans to its beneficiaries all over the world.

The lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public, is part of Montgomery College’s Women’s History Month 2000 activities. Other events sponsored by the College’s Women’s Studies Program scheduled for March and April include:

Montgomery College’s Women’s Studies Program sponsors a variety of events, activities, and services throughout the year, including the Women’s Studies Lecture Series; “Pandora’s Box,” a lively talk show series addressing women’s issues on the College’s Cable Channel 51, Mondays at 9 p.m.; and the Rockville Food Pantry, a voluntary, anonymous resource for students and others in the College community that need food.

For more information on Montgomery College’s Women’s History Month 2000 events, please call 240-567-1757.

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