TEXAS TECH WOMEN'S CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON WOMEN AT WAR
April 4, 2005
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Date: March 28, 2005
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LUBBOCK - The changing roles of women in wartime will be the topic of the 21st annual
All University Conference on the Advancement of Women in Higher Education April 7-8
at Texas Tech University.
A featured speaker will be Yanar Mohammad, an Iraqi woman who will discuss "Women
under Siege in Postwar Iraq."
Mohammad is a leader in the struggle for women's rights in Iraq. She is the director
of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, a group that works to stop atrocities
against Iraqi women and to defend their rights. She has established women's shelters
in Baghdad and Kirkuk and is the editor in chief of the "Al-Mousawat" newspaper.
In a recent e-mail sent to friends and supporters, Mohammad said that, while there
are still many challenges ahead, she feels inspired by the dedication of the members
of the fledgling women's rights movement in Iraq.
"The warm determination in the chanted slogans and speeches were terribly moving,"
said Mohammad, writing about a recent rally. "Nada spoke about women and unemployment,
Hadil about our sheltering the women, Um Ali about how they take girls out of schools.
While I was speaking, one of the Basrah women, a trade-unionist pulled the microphone
from my hand to further elaborate on their sufferings under political Islam in Basrah.
Meanwhile, a young girl of 12 with a worn-out dress jumped to the stage chanting 'equality
Mohammad is the sister of Lahib Jaddo, an assistant professor of architecture at Texas
Tech. Jaddo will be honored at the conference for her art work.
Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer will provide the conference's keynote address, titled "If
You Are Uncomfortable, That's Where You Need to Be."
During her military career, she earned the Bronze Star for Service in Vietnam, was
chief nurse of the Washington National Guard and was the Veterans Administration's
Nurse of the Year in 1985. She is retired from the United States Army Reserves after
an active duty career in the U.S. Army.
Cammermeyer challenged policies that discriminated against married women. After serving
six years of active duty and 25 years in the Army Reserves and National Guard, she
retired after challenging the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" regulations. Her
autobiography, "Serving in Silence," was published in 1994.
Other speakers at the conference include Susan McKay, professor of Women's Studies
at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and a former professor of English at Texas
Tech, whose speech will focus on "Girls at War;" Carol Burke, a folklorist and associate
professor of English at the University of California at Irvine, who will speak on
"From Dominatrix to Damsel in Distress: Images of Women in the Recent Iraq War;" and
Holly Johnson, an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati, whose speech
is titled "What's a Girl Like You Doing in a Situation Like This?: Conflict and Congeniality
in an Enlisted Life."
The theme of this year's conference is "Changing the World: Women in Conflict/Women
in Peace." The event is sponsored annually by Texas Tech's Women's Studies Council
and the Office of Women's Studies.
SOURCE: Charlotte C. Dunham, director, Office of Women's Studies, Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-4335, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.