MC, BCGW teaming up for International Women's Day

Feb. 4, 2013
Contact: The Rev. Dr. Anne D. McKee, Campus Minister

Blount County Global Women is teaming up with Maryville College's Peace and World Concerns Committee and Sisters in Spirit to celebrate International Women's Day.

On Tues., March 5, a screening of the documentary "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" will be held at 7 p.m. in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. At 6:30 p.m., a market of local Fair Traders will provide items for sale.

On Fri., March 8 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Haven House, a local residential shelter for women experiencing violence and abuse, has been invited to display its Clothesline Project of life story t-shirts in Bartlett Hall. Viewers are given a chance to create their own shirt of support and encouragement.

Blount County Global Women (BCGW) is a Christian organization that networks local individuals and women’s organizations from six faith groups and nine churches. It is an affiliate of Alabama-based Global Women International, a faith-based non-profit connecting and empowering women to change their lives and their worlds. The Maryville College Peace and World Concerns Committee and Sisters in Spirit share the desire to improve conditions affecting women and work to educate their peers on campus and in the community.

Observed annually on March 8, International Women's Day is a day to honor the achievements of women. For women everywhere in the world who continue to face discrimination, violence, and who are taught by society that they are inferior to others, it is a reminder that they matter. Global Women recognizes IWD as a day to investigate, get involved and pray about global issues such as human trafficking, education, clean water and economic development.

C.T. Boone, reviewer for, writes that “the Half the Sky book, now turned documentary, is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

"Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn undertook an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. They weave together a most compelling story of how culture and customs historically suppress women. They tackle many tough, taboo topics - for example honor killing. But more importantly, they champion the stories of heroic women worldwide wholly committed to changing the many evils in their worlds."

The four-hour documentary "Half the Sky" was aired on PBS in Oct. 2012. Donated to GW by the authors, the shorter 42-minute version will be shown at MC.

Women and men, old and young are invited to participate in this week of IWD observance. All events are free. Donations will be accepted for use by women's organizations.

For more information, contact Maryville College Campus Minister the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee at 865-981-8298 or; or Ann Wilson, BCGW, at 865-919-2301 or

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.