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Changing the lives of women at home and abroad

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The Institute for International Women’s Rights — Manitoba is holding an event called Local to Global 2014: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter at the Viscount Gort Hotel (1670 Portage Ave.) on May 9 at 7 p.m.

The evening aims to "recognize the challenges and the accomplishments that have been made as women everywhere struggle for equality," according to a release.

Proceeds from the evening will support two projects in Africa and one in Winnipeg.

The two projects in Africa are Grands ‘n’ More, which supports grandmothers in Africa looking after children whose parents have died from HIV or AIDS, and the Equality Effect, which, according to its official website, "uses human rights law to make the rights of girls and women real, so that they can be safe from sexual violence, get an education, and fulfill their economic potential."

The Global Citizenship Scholarships at the University of Winnipeg will be receiving some of the proceeds as well.

Human rights activist Sally Armstrong will be the keynote speaker. Recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry Katherena Vermette and musical duo Keith and Renee will also be present. Journalist Nadia Kidwai is expected to be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets are $35, but students pay $25. Tickets can be bought at McNally Robinson Booksellers (1120 Grant Ave.), the Manitoba Status of Women office (409-401 York Ave.), the University of Manitoba (66 Chancellors Cir.), and University of Winnipeg (515 Portage Ave.). They can also be purchased by emailing hilarytaylor123@gmail.com

— Staff

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