Posted: Oct 14, 2012 9:44 AM by Robin O'Day - KPAX News
Updated: Oct 14, 2012 9:01 PM
MISSOULA- It was a day of cultural exchange at the University of Montana on Friday as 10 women from southeast Asia conversed with Montana women about empowering females.
The all-day conference was sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, the Women's Foundation of Montana, the YWCA of Missoula and the American Association of University Women.
Some of the session topics included community health education, violence against women and social justice, and the day's partnership proved women all over the world and in western Montana can experience adversity, but that it's up to all of us to change it.
"We continue to engage young people in the process of empowering women and girls and also we engage men as well. Men, because, empowering women not only starts from women, but also starts from men," Empowering Women facilitator Bopha Pen explained.
The southeast Asian facilitators will spend the next two weeks in a fellowship program and will then head to Washington D.C. to attend a professional fellowship program there.