Members of the Meredith College community participated in the “Skywalkers” awareness walk on September 15. The event, which was inspired by the Summer Reading Program selection “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, raised awareness of the oppression of women in developing countries.
Participants gathered outside Jones Chapel and walked a one-mile route across Meredith’s campus. They carried flags on which they had written issues or names of women featured in “Half the Sky.” At the halfway point of the walk, these flags were used to spell out Half the Sky in front of a Meredith College sign.
“Today we leave a temporary mark to remind ourselves and the community that millions of women beyond our gates are suffering,” said Chaplain Stacey Pardue, who opened the event.
Pardue reminded listeners that the title of the summer reading book comes from a Chinese proverb that says “women hold up half the sky.”
“If you were moved by Kristof’s account … the metaphor makes good sense,” Pardue said. “Which half needs my support? As privileged women, let us use our hands, tools, creativity and resources to make a difference for girls and women who struggle in so many ways.”
The event closed with a moment of silence during which participants reflected on their experience.
Students in the First Year Experience (FYE) Program are also raising money for KIVA, an organization that provides micro-loans to help the working poor establish financial independence. Learn more about KIVA at http://www.KIVA.org.
Faculty, staff and students may donate in several ways: sponsor a student in an FYE class, make a contribution at the KIVA booth in the Cate Center the week of September 13-17, or give money directly through the Office for First Year Experience, 1st floor Park Center. All money raised from the KIVA booth, and from direct donation to the Office for FYE, will be split evenly among classes.
Date Submitted: 2010-09-15
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