Center of Concern Announces a Global Women's Project Special Event, Center Focus Live: Transforming Girls' Education into Women's Empowerment

Dr. Deva Kemmis, the new director of the Global Women's Project, hosts internationally acclaimed filmmakers whose work challenges cultural forces that historically limit women's empowerment.

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Dr. Deva Kemmis

The film reveals Virginia Woolf overcoming cultural resistance to girls' education and finding her own voice on the world's literary stage as well as in writings related to establishing the League of Nations.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) March 15, 2014

The Center of Concern's (Center) Global Women's Project (GWP) announces an inaugural event to include a film screening, discussion, and reception to celebrate the Project's legacy of leadership on women's issues through research, education, and advocacy. Recently joining the Center as director of GWP, Dr. Deva Kemmis continues and expands the trajectory of its previous director Sr. Maria Riley, OP, whose work brought women's issues into focus through decades of publications and presentations around the world.

The Global Women's Project event, Center Focus Live: Transforming Girls' Education into Women's Empowerment, features the film, "The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf," winner of the International Documentary Association and the National Educational Media Network's Golden Apple. Kemmis says, "We are excited about the opportunity to welcome the filmmakers of the celebrated Women of Power series, Dr. John Fuegi and Jo Francis, to our GWP special event. Their internationally acclaimed documentary films capture the powerful stories of women whose creativity, courage, and tenacity have shaped our path to empowerment." The film's screening honors the GWP's legacy of work and affirms its leadership position on supporting women's empowerment and expanding its outreach through new media platforms.

"'The War Within: A Portrait of Virginia Woolf' is a definitive documentary, combining the highest standards of scholarship with the artistry of filmmaking," says Kemmis. "The film reveals Woolf overcoming cultural resistance to girls' education and finding her own voice on the world's literary stage as well as in writings related to establishing the League of Nations. Her legacy of peacemaking and women's empowerment through education resonates powerfully today."

About event
Transforming Girls' Education into Women's Empowerment takes place on April 9, 2014, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, 640 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. RSVP to cbain(at)coc(dot)org.

About Global Women's Project
The Center of Concern's Global Women's Project provides leadership on women's issues through research, education, and advocacy so that girls and women can enjoy the fundamental rights of education, freedom, safety, and the opportunity to determine their own futures.

About Center of Concern
Founded in 1971 at the United Nations, the Center of Concern's team members contribute research, education, and advocacy from Catholic social tradition in order to create a world where economic, political, and cultural systems promote sustainable flourishing of the global community.