Las Vegas, N.M. – Nigerian sociology scholar Chine Onuegbu will talk March 8 about the Nigerian girls from Chibok who were kidnapped in 2014 by the extremist group Boko Haram.
Onuegbu, a Bartos Institute Fellow at the United World College – USA, will deliver the keynote address at Highlands University’s International Women’s Day Celebration. Her research focuses on social justice, information literacy, conflict studies, and environmental sustainability.
“Chine Onuegbu is instrumental in Bring Back Our Girls, the international campaign for the girls that were kidnapped in from Chibok,” said Carmen Stone, UWC – USA community service coordinator. “She is passionate about reminding people about these Nigerian girls as well as other kidnapping and sex trafficking of girls that happens around the world.”
The African Chorus from UWC – USA is one of the featured performers at the free public event from 4 – 7 p.m. in Highlands University’s Student Center Ballroom, 800 National Ave.
The celebration includes a potluck of diverse foods prepared by Highlands University students.
“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women and inspire political engagement,” said Kristie Ross, Highlands history professor and co-director of the Women’s Studies Program. “Historically, when women come together it can be a powerful force for change.”
Amber Quintana, a Highlands University public affairs graduate student, will be the emcee for the celebration. The program also includes:
- Jaylene García, Highlands music student, will sing a rendition of Ave Maria accompanied by Highlands music faculty Linda King on piano.
- Jason Murray, Highlands public affairs graduate student, will play guitar.
- Tyler Mills, Highlands English professor, will recite an original poem.
Stone said United With Congo, a group of United World College – USA students, will have an information table at the event about the plight of girls and young women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sponsors for the International Women’s Day celebration include Highlands University’s Women’s Studies program, the United World College – USA, and the Highlands Womyn’s Center.
The celebration at Highlands is one of thousands of events being held worldwide to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.