Meredith Student to Present at National Conference

Meredith College senior Amanda Eubanks has been selected to present at the Beijing + 15 conference on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The CEDAW event will be held in New York City, March 1-8. Eubanks will be part of North Carolina’s panel presentation.

Each panelist has conducted research regarding the status of women in North Carolina. Eubanks will focus on the progress made on domestic violence-related issues in North Carolina, and on the work of InterAct, a private, nonprofit United Way agency located in Raleigh, N.C. InterAct provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault.

According to Eubanks, the event’s purpose is to promote the ratification of the United Nations CEDAW treaty, which was written in 1978, signed by the United States in 1980 and implemented in 1981. The United States is one of six nations that have not ratified the treaty. Most other industrialized nations have done so.

Eubanks’ presentation is made possible by a fellowship she received through WomenNC, a non-profit organization formed to seek CEDAW ratification, to educate and inform North Carolinians on women related International issues and to empower women in becoming more active in societal issues which directly impact their health, welfare, and quality of life.

Eubanks is a senior earning majors in international studies and women’s studies.

Mock Panel Presentation February 15
In advance of the CEDAW event, Eubanks and her fellow representatives will present a mock panel on February 15, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., at InterAct’s Family Safety and Empowerment Center. The center is located at 1012 Oberlin Road. This session is free and open to the public.

About InterAct
InterAct is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. Visit InterAct at http://www.interactofwake.org.

Date Submitted: 2010-02-10

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