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Spokane Gathering To Revisit Beijing Women’s Conference

Thu., March 7, 1996

The conference ended long ago, but the women are still talking.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane is sponsoring a community conference to revisit issues brought up at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing last August.

The conference, called “Beyond Beijing: Translating Hope Into Action,” is Saturday at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W. Fort George Wright Drive.

Donna Hanson was one of at least four Spokane women who attended the Beijing meeting.

She will speak about her experiences and give an overview of the Beijing conference, focusing on why the issues are important for Spokane women.

“Beijing has no meaning unless the resolutions are implemented in Spokane,” Hanson said.

The event also emphasizes empowering women to make changes for women in such areas as health care, jobs and political power.

Although the event is open to anyone, the meeting will focus on Spokane women getting together.

“Within the circle of women here, there is tremendous diversity of thought,” said Nancy Nelson, event organizer. “There are common experiences which bind us together.”

Topics of discussion include poverty, violence and the environment, and how they affect women.

Cost is $3. For information, call 838-7870.

, DataTimes


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