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  Avila University celebrates International
Women’s Day
  Kansas City, MO    
February 26, 2009

In March, Avila University will celebrate International Women’s Day with a film presentation and the Peace Women Across the Globe (PWAG) exhibit to be displayed in Avila’s Thornhill Gallery.

The opening reception for the Peace Women exhibit will be held on Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. Avila will present the film “1,000 Women and a Dream,” at 4:00 p.m. Join Avila to celebrate these contributions from women across the globe through the use of photography and biographical display cards.

PWAG started in 2003 as a movement to recognize the work of women striving for peace throughout the world. PWAG set up a coordination team to collect data on women at the grassroots, national and international levels who were working to promote and to maintain peace. The idea behind the venture was simple: firstly, women’s work for peace is often invisible or not highly regarded, and secondly, there are lessons to be learned from examining how women approach peace-building. The data, once collected, was published in a book and displayed in an exhibition, which has now been on tour across of the world. The exhibition cards have already been translated into French, German, and Chinese.

The PWAG exhibit will be held in Avila University’s Thornhill Gallery from March 8 through March 27. Exhibit hours are Tuesday- Friday, 12:00-3:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, contact Marci Aylward at 816-501-2443 or


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.