"Educating Women in Rural China" November 14

Story posted November 10, 2005

Education is a vital tool for social change and economic development throughout the developing world. This is especially true for vast areas of China's heartland, where the dramatic economic gains being enjoyed in major cities is nowhere to be found.

Wu Qing, a long-time advocate for women's rights in China, will address this issue in a lecture at 7 p.m., Monday, November 14, in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020. Her talk is titled "Educating Women in Rural China: Right to Education and Education for Social Change."

Wu Qing is on the board the Beijing Cultural Development Center for Rural Women, which has initiated literacy, health literacy, microcredit, empowerment and political participation projects in many provinces and counties in China. She has personally worked with hundreds of rural women throughout the country.

She received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in recognition of her path-breaking advocacy on behalf of women and the rule of law in China.

Wu Qing's Bowdoin talk is open to the public. Admission is free.

The lecture is sponsored by Bowdoin's Asian studies department, the Freeman Foundation, and Gwen Moore, founder of the Gwen Moore Children of China Fund.

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