Women from around the globe will speak about key womens issues in their home countries as a part of West Virginia Universitys Diversity Week 2006, Oct. 16-20.International Perspectives on Womens Issueswill be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Mountainlairs Rhododendron Room on the Downtown Campus. The event is sponsored by the Center for Womens Studies and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Presidents Office for Social Justice.

The four speakers are participants in the West Virginia Council of International Programs. The CIP provides a unique exchange program for human services professionals from around the world. The four-month program is designed to enhance professional skills, improve cross-cultural communication, and provide insight into American life and society. Ildegonde Karererwa from Rwanda is a nurse. She is editor-in-chief of a weekly publication for women focusing on issues from trauma healing and recovery, AIDS education, and economic development. She teaches in mental health and is a journalist for National Television.

Ju Hong Park of South Korea is a psychiatric social worker with a doctorate degree in social welfare. She has been working at a mental hospital and community mental health center and teaching in the Department of Social Welfare in a university. She is a board member for the Council of Domestic Violence Prevention in Busan Metropolitan City.Michaela Schachtner from Germany has a diploma in intercultural/international social work. She works with apprentices, most of whom are immigrants, who have personal problems or have difficulties at school or at work.

Jung Hee Im of South Korea has a background in business and marketing.The Center for Womens Studies is housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Howe, director of the Center for Womens Studies, at barbara.howe@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-2339.

For a complete schedule of Diversity Week events at WVU , visit:http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/news/page/3449/.