FORMER UN PEACEKEEPER TO SPEAK IN WEST VANCOUVER
West Vancouver, BC – Shelaagh Stevens, a retired Canadian Forces logistics officer, former peacekeeper and civilian Logistics Officer with the UN, will speak on ‘Women and Peacekeeping’ in West Vancouver on Monday, March 11. This program, presented by the West Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), will be held at St. Stephens Anglican Church, 885 22nd Street, West Vancouver, at 7pm on March 11 (doors open at 6:30). The admission fee will be $10.
Although peacekeeping is an important mission of the UN, it was not until 2000 that the UN Security Council began to acknowledge that women could play a vital role in preventing conflict, resolving conflict, and building peace. In her talk, Lt.-Col. Stevens will draw on her experiences in Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, Croatia, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, and the UN Headquarters in New York City.
CFUW is hosting this program to celebrate International Women’s Day. Groups throughout the world hold programs in March to recognize the progress that women have made and promote plans to accomplish more.
In addition, this year CFUW is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its parent organization. In 1919, three women – two British and one American – established the International Federation of University Women, whose goals were to promote women’s education and ‘to prevent any future wars’. Today that organization, now called Graduate Women International (GWI), has 56 member countries. GWI will celebrate its 100th anniversary later this year in Geneva, with the theme ‘Peace through Education’.