Going Global Day Calls Attention to Women’s Issues Worldwide

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 19, 2012 – High Point University students recently called attention to important issues women face around the world by holding Going Global Day, an annual event designed to encourage awareness of women in unfamiliar cultures outside of the United States.

Hosted by Dr. Judy Isaksen, Associate Professor of Media & Popular Culture Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies, as well as students enrolled in Isaksen’s Women, Gender & Culture course, the event presented 10 different topics that focused on women worldwide and covered issues including prostitution in India, conflict minerals used in technology, and child marriages.

Isaksen says that the event was the final project for students who conducted research throughout the entire semester.

“This semester-long research project provides students with the opportunity to make connections about issues, concerns, and desires of women throughout the world. And what we find – regardless of what language we speak or how many resources we have or do not have at our disposal – is that every woman deserves respect and dignity and to be free of gender-related oppression. Sadly, this isn’t always the case,” Isaksen says.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist



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