25th Anniversary of Tatyana Mamonova's Exile: Woman and Earth's Press Conference and Exhibition at Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, St. Petersburg, Russia July 20, 2005

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Internationally renown democratic leader, artist, journalist and poet Tatyana Mamonova, exiled from Russia for establishing the first NGO promoting women's human rights and a peaceful and sustainable planet, will be the featured speaker and artist at the beautiful 5 star Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in the center of where it all began -- St. Petersburg, Russia. Press Conference starts at 12:00pm noon sharp followed by a reception and exhibition runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Journalists please RSVP as seating is limited.

Tatyana Mamonova will be the featured speaker at an historically significant press conference and exhibition that will be held at the Moscow Conference Rooms 1 and 2 of the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel in the center of St. Petersburg on July 20, 2005 with the press conference starting at noon followed by a reception and the exhibition running throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On July 20, 1980, just as the Moscow Olympic Games were to start, the international democratic women’s leader, journalist, artist and poet, Tatyana Mamonova became the first female dissident exiled from her native St. Petersburg, Russia to Vienna, Austria for providing the first independent forum for Russian and Soviet women’s voices in the samizdat Woman and Russia Almanac, and for re-igniting the Russian women’s movement by founding the grassroots NGO that published the samizdat also called Woman and Russia (now called Woman and Earth).

25 years later, Tatyana Mamonova remains in exile but has grown her NGO and publication into a world renown educational, cultural and informational networking and discussion forum that serves as a unique bridge of understanding between East and West by promoting the contributions of Russian women, international solidarity between women and a peaceful and sustainable planet.

A perfect example is the continuation of the samizdat Woman and Russia, now called Woman and Earth Almanac, plus its two daughters -- two new publications which now complete the trilogy — Succes d’estime and Fotoalbum: Around the World. Copies of these publications will be distributed free of charge to participants. In addition to educational media publications, Woman and Earth produces an award winning television series is shown on cable television in the US and organizes film festivals designed to promote productions which empower women and the earth. Woman and Earth’s Sister to Sister Educational Project has organized seven international conferences in a number of venues throughout the world, press conferences, seminars and exhibitions designed to provide gender empowerment strategies currently being implemented or being proposed that can be effectively applied to communities in all corners of the planet, as well as to promote and feature cultural contributions of women. At the local level, Woman and Earth takes a more activist role in identifying the local needs of women and the environment through the development of local chapters in various countries, as well as individual and organizational cooperation. Woman and Earth was an accredited NGO to the UN Habitat Conference that was held in Istanbul Turkey and its Turkish chapter leader helped serve on the local organizing committee. Woman and Earth and Tatyana Mamonova’s mission takes a broad minded view of the meaning of women’s human rights.

The invaluable contributions of Woman and Earth by its thousands of wonderful supporters throughout the years have been led since its inception by the courage, leadership and vision of Tatyana Mamonova, who has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to humanity by her receipt of a number of accolades which include the 2002 Living Legacy Award (past recipients include US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton), 100 Heroines Award, and Femme Magazine Paris’s Woman of the Year 1980 Award. French Journalist Florence Montreynaud recognized Tatyana Mamonova and Woman and Earth’s publication of the first samizdat Woman and Russia Almanac as the most significant event for women in 1979 in her French Encyclopedia on Women’s contributions of the 20th Century.

Prior to her leadership of the first women’s NGO in Russia, Tatyana Mamonova was also the first women exhibitor in the non-conformist artist movement. She has exhibited and sold her award winning art in more than 25 countries and has contributed her artistic talents to a number of international human rights organizations as well as causes to help Russian women and women throughout the world. She also often donates proceeds from the sales of her art to benefit Woman and Earth’s projects. Some of Tatyana Mamonova’s exquisite paintings will be on display in a special exhibition set up throughout the day, as well as other documentation of 25 years of Woman and Earth activities.

The Corinthia Nevsksij Palace Hotel, a beautiful five star hotel located in the heart of St. Petersburg is only steps away from Tatyana’s former residence on Pravda (truth) Street where Woman and Russia organizers met and the samizdat was first published, and Aurora Publishers, where Tatyana Mamonova left her prestigious position as a literary journalist working alongside Josef Brodsky. The Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, has again generously offered to serve as host of this special historical Woman and Earth event. Corinthia Nevskij Palace, which is a Woman and Earth Travel Series Editors’ Choice Select Hotel, was also the host venue and sponsor of Woman and Earth’s 7th International Conference, Film Festival and Exhibition in December 2003. Go to Russia Travel (http://www.gotorussia.net), which is an American owned full service travel management company that specializes in travel to Russia, CIS/NIS and Eastern Europe, and is based in US and Russia, has also generously continued its support of Woman and Earth for this program. Rocco Forte's Angelterre Hotel, which has played host to Woman and Earth's 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg Press Conference and Exhibition and is a Woman and Earth Editors' Choice Select Hotel is also supporting this program. This special event is held as a significant part of Woman and Earth’s 25th Anniversary World Media Campaign that is being sponsored by Melia Santo Domingo Hotel, Dominican Republic, Clarion St. James and Albany Hotel Paris, Hilton La Defense Hotel Paris, Terrass Hotel Paris, Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel, Rocco Forte’s Angleterre and Astoria Hotel St. Petersburg, Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri, Italy, Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, Palermo, Le Sirenuse, Positano, Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Russie, Rome, with media support from CAPE (international press center Paris) and Regional Press Institute St. Petersburg.

Despite her warm welcome back to Russia to continue her activities since the beginning of glasnost, Tatyana Mamonova remains stateless and without her Russian citizenship. The international and Russian media as well as the world is called upon to give full attention to promoting this important and historical press conference and to work in cooperation with Woman and Earth to encourage the Russian government to restore Tatyana Mamonova’s Russian citizenship in a grand manner accorded to its pioneer democratic heroes. Please contact Mildred C. Didio, Esq. Woman and Earth’s Counsel for more information. 467 Central Park West, Suite 7F, New York, NY 10025 Tel/Fax +1-212-866-8130 Fax +1-914-333-0455.

©2005 Woman and Earth. This Press Release may be freely published for media and educational purposes.

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