Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sex Trafficking Topic of Tech Talk

In celebration of March as National Women's History Month, Tennessee Tech University's Women's Center has two special events planned. They include a presentation Tuesday, March 22, specifically about Tennessee women and their role in history.  It will be given by Beverly Bond, a professor of African-American history at the University of Memphis. Then on Tuesday, March 29, a discussion about human trafficking and the sex trade will be given by Norma Ramos, executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women.  Diana Lalani of TTU's Women's Center said these speakers reflect the purpose of Women's History Month by looking back at women's past achievements and ahead to future accomplishments.

Stories of historic Tennessee women will be the topic of Bond's presentation, set for 7 p.m. on March 22 in the Multipurpose Room of the Roaden University Center. She is the editor and contributing author, along with Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, of a book titled Tennessee Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Vol. 1.

Speaker Norma Ramos will focus on the current women's issues of human trafficking and the sex trade in a presentation at 7 p.m. on March 29 at Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Because of her work with that organization, Ramos is the recipient of the Women's Committee Award and the Flor De Maga Award, both from the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Ramos is described as an eco-feminist who links the worldwide inequality and destruction of women to the destruction of the environment. A Center Stage event, her presentation — like Bond's — is free and open to the public.