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MAILED: July 8, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE Participants can learn from women leaders from Eastern bloc countries and the Chippewa Valley during a July workshop organized by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The two-day workshop, to be held July 17-18, will teach skills in organization building and resource development, said Sarah Harder, co-facilitator of the event and chair of UW-Eau Claire's women's studies program.
During the conference, participants will learn how to connect with the activists, how to make an impact and how to keep money and resources flowing.
Workshop facilitators will use two local case studies the Community Table and Interfaith Hospitality Network to illustrate the lessons. They also will use a Russian case study about organizing apartment tenants.
"We decided that it would be more meaningful and interesting to organize the sharing of these very practical tools around real-life experiences," Harder said.
Workshop co-facilitator Geri Segal said including women leaders from different parts of the world adds interesting perspectives to the workshop because a variety of viewpoints can be shared.
While women will lead the workshop, men and women participants all will learn from the sessions, Segal said.
"The issues we're working on are human issues and community issues," Segal said. "The skills we're teaching are universal and can be taught in both countries."
Four women from Eastern bloc countries will attend, Harder said.
Olga Bessolova is the director of a Russian institute equivalent to NASA in the Moscow area. She is responsible for finances and social services and heads the planning commission for a city with a 100,000 population.
Ludmila Krukova is head of the Regional Women's Council in the Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, which is larger than the Midwest region of the United States.
"(Krukova) has built and is sustaining a very democratic women's organization that reaches not only into the biggest cities but also the tiniest towns in the vast region," Harder said.
Karine Danielian is the former environment minister for the Republic of Armenia and now runs the largest environmental organization in that country. Because of a war-related blockade, Armenia had to re-open a nuclear power plant located on a seismic fault line after its citizens spent three winters without electricity, Harder said.
The fourth woman, Emira Margariti, is the city planner for Tirana, the capital city of Albania. Margariti has tried to re-build the city since most of its social institutions were destroyed during the last two years of civil unrest.
"I think the important thing is these are not women who see themselves as victims nor what's happened to them as tragic," Harder said. "They just roll up their sleeves and go on."
But whether the women come from Russia or the Chippewa Valley, they have a lot to teach workshop participants, Segal said.
"We think the people who are participating are in for a real treat," Harder said.
For additional information or to register, call (715) 836-2031.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 8, 1998