CNN Hero and Gender Activist Betty Makoni to Speak at IUP on September 23

Posted on 9/18/2011 7:37:59 PM
Betty Makoni

Betty Makoni, one of CNN’s 2009 Top Ten Heroes, will be at IUP on Friday, September 23, 2011. There are two opportunities to meet her, hear her speak, and to donate to the Girl Child Network Worldwide. Attendance vouchers will be available at each of these activities.

Betty Makoni was one of CNN’s 2009 Top Ten Heroes for her work in defending and empowering girl rape victims in her native Zimbabwe. She is the founder and director of the Girl Child Network Worldwide that has helped thousands of girls in several African countries to get protection, support, and education. She and some of the girls she has helped are featured in a film titled Tapestries of Hope, which will be shown at IUP (see below).

The event is co-hosted by the IUP Pan-African Studies and Women's Studies programs and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • 1:25–2:15 p.m. in McElhaney Hall, Room 205 New Location: Room 136 of Keith Hall. There she will address the economic impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis, as well as the economic implications of the sexual abuse and lack of education of girls in African countries.
  • 2:30–3:20 p.m. in Room 165 of Keith Hall. Ms. Makoni will describe her experiences as a survivor of rape and as a teacher in Zimbabwe, and will explain how her organization works with girls in various in African countries and partners with organization in the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • The film Tapestries of Hope, featuring Ms. Makoni, will be shown on Wednesday, September 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 247 of Johnson Hall. The film is seventy-seven minutes long. Attendance vouchers will be available. At the showing, donations will be collected for Girl Child Network Worldwide.

The film showing is cosponsored by the IUP Pan-African Studies and Women's Studies programs, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the IUP Libraries, and various IUP student organizations.

You may direct questions about any of these three events to Dr. Marveta Ryan-Sams, coordinator of Pan-African Studies (