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Series of events to recognize Human Rights Week

April 16, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — Several University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus organizations will host a series of events at various locations around campus in recognition of Human Rights Week, April 16-21.

Among the campus organizations that will host Human Rights Week events are Invisible Children, the Human Trafficking Abolitionists, Amnesty International, Student Office of Sustainability, AISEC, Society of Professional Journalists and the Honors program.

"The purpose of the week is to shed light on human rights violations happening across the world and to provide outlets through which UW-Eau Claire students can take action and create change," said April D'Water, co-president of the campus' Invisible Children group.

Events include:

April 16 — LGBTQ Awareness Day

  • Free baked goods; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall.
  • Concert:Break the Silence!; free; 7 p.m., Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

April 17 — Religious Freedom Awareness Day

  • Free baked goods; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schneider Social Sciences Hall.
  • Human Trafficking Silence Day. Participants can spray paint T-shirts, take photos and make posters. Organizers said they want to boldly make a statement for the estimated 27 million modern-day slaves who cannot speak for themselves. The activities will run from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Mall, and 4:30-6 p.m., outside of Hilltop Center on upper campus.
  • Documentary:"Education Under Fire." The free screening will explore the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education in Iran. Speakers from Iran will be present at the screening. 6:30 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.

April 18 — Sex Trafficking Awareness Day

  • Free baked goods; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall.
  • Legislation Day. Preprinted letters and petitions will be available to sign and send. Participants can contact representatives to let them know what human rights issues matter to them. Envelopes, paper and other materials will be provided. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., University Bookstore, Davies Center.
  • Society of Professional Journalists' Free Food Festival. Participants are invited to sign away their rights in exchange for free food. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Mall.
  • Documentary:"The Price of Sex." The documentary follows young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Free. 7:30 p.m., Room 007, Phillips Science Hall.

April 19 — Modern Day Slavery Awareness Day

  • Free baked goods. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Schneider Social Sciences Hall.
  • Global poverty roundtable discussion.Honors students will lead a roundtable discussion on global poverty and its relationship to human trafficking. Free; 2 p.m., Potawatomi Room, Davies Center.
  • Clothing drive organized by Student Office of Sustainability. People can donate clothes that are in good condition. Clothing will be given to victims of sex trafficking and other forms of human trafficking. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Mall.
  • Documentary:"The Price of Sex" The documentary follows young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Free; 7:30 p.m., Room 007, Phillips Science Hall.

April 20 — Child Soldiers, LRA Awareness Day

  • Free baked goods; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall.
  • Concert: Picture Perfect.Free; 7 p.m., Schofield Auditorium.
  • Eau Claire Cover the Night: Awareness campaign. Free; 6 p.m., clock tower on Campus Mall.
    Part 1 — Letter writing and calling legislatures to support the new KONY 2012 resolution.
    Part 2 — Community service event.
    Part 3 — Join Invisible Children's worldwide campaign to cover cities with posters about Joseph Kony, a notorious Ugandan warlord and leader of the Lord's Resistance Army.

April 21 — Festival Day

  • Music and Games Festival. A day filled with live music from multiple bands as well as volleyball, other games and food. Free; noon-8 p.m., Towers Field.
  • Night games: Capture the flag, glow in the dark ultimate Frisbee and other games. Free; 8 p.m., Towers Field.

For more information on Human Rights Week events at UW-Eau Claire, contact April D'Water at dwaterae@uwec.edu or 907-299-4325.

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