Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

By Misty Haskett

“If there is a message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights. Once and for all.” Those words were spoken by the First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, at the 1995 International Women’s Rights Conference in Beijing, China. Twenty-one years later, in spite of many advances, women around the world continue to fight for their human rights. For those same 21 years, Mujeres en Cambio has been working to enhance the rights and opportunities of young women in San Miguel de Allende and the surrounding communities through educational scholarships.

Lunch and a Movie
A Benefit for Mujeres en Cambio
Thu, Aug 25, 12pm
Pocket Theater
Hernández Macías 95
Tickets at La Conexión
(Aldama 3 and Café Monet)
and La Tienda at La Biblioteca
(Insurgentes 25)
300 pesos

You are invited to join Mujeres en Cambio on August 25 at noon for Lunch and a Movie, to see Once And For All, a beautifully produced documentary by Makers.com about the largest international conference on women’s rights ever held. The coordinator for this groundbreaking United Nations event was San Miguel resident and Mujeres en Cambio member, Kristen Timothy Lankester. The film features interviews with many prominent women in the struggle for women’s rights, including Kristen, who will introduce the video and share her experiences. You will go behind the scenes and discover how the government of China hosted over 50,000 women and men, rich and poor, from around the world. You will be inspired by the actions of those who fought to radically change the lives of women and girls by building solidarity and persuading governments to change discriminatory laws and practices.

Once and for all was the hope of the First Lady and all who participated in that pioneering effort, but women around the world are still working today to be granted their basic human rights. One such woman is Malala Yousafzai. In 2009, at the age of 11, Malala began blogging about her experiences as a young schoolgirl in Pakistan. One day in October 2012 a gunman boarded her school bus, asked for her by name, and shot her in the face. Against all odds Malala recovered, and rather than go into hiding she became an international activist for the education of young girls. Lunch and a Movie will also be featuring He Named Me Malala, a film of Malala’s inspirational story. We have all heard about this amazing young woman, but this film gives us an up close and personal look at the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The films will begin at noon and attendees will have their choice of which film they wish to view. Immediately following the movies, guests will feast on a buffet of summer salads and desserts prepared by the members of Mujeres en Cambio.

Tickets to this enjoyable and informative event are 300 pesos and are available at La Conexion (Aldama 3 and Cafe Monet) and La Tienda at the Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25). Tickets are limited by the size of the theaters so don’t delay!

Mujeres en Cambio is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to deserving underserved young women in and around the San Miguel area. We are currently supporting more than 160 young women in secondary and university. Mujeres is an all-volunteer organization, so there are no staff costs and 97 percent of all funds raised go to our girls. Please go to mujeresencambio.org for further information.

 

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