Saturday, February 28, 2009

cordially invites you to
MEN READING WOMEN'S WRITINGS: A Literary Luncheon to celebrate Women's History Month
Dr. Leny Mendoza Strobel, Guest Speaker
Saturday, March 28, 2009, ll:00am - 4:00pm
Breakwater Room, Ports of Call Restaurant
Berth 78, San Pedro, CA 90731
Tel (310) 833-3553
Luncheon ticket - $35.00 Call (310) 514-9139. <linda_nietes@sbcglobal.net>
Seats are limited and early reservation is encouraged. Full details of the program will be sent upon receipt of paid reservation. Event is also open to men. Books of Filipina authors will be available during the event.

---BACKGROUND: PINAY GATHERING celebrates Women's History Month, focusing on International Women's Day (IWD). This is the fourth year that our Bookshop had organized this event, and this year, we celebrate women's partnership with men in combatting violence towards women. This is in line with the 2009 theme of the United Nations: WOMEN AND MEN UNITED TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS. MEN READING WOMEN'S WRITINGS is a literary first. We have invited five men from other cultures, who are married to Filipinas, to read literary works of Filipina authors to better appreciate and understand contemporary problems that some women have to face.

Dr. Leny Mendoza Strobel, Guest Speaker and Resource Person, is Associate Professor of American Multicultural Studies at Sonoma State University. She is the author of "Coming Full Circle: The Process of Decolonization among Post-1965 Filipino Americans" (2000) and "A Book of Her Own: Words and Images to Honor the Babaylan"(2005). Her new book on the Filipina Babaylan tradition will be released late this year. She also serves as a cultural and community advocate. I

NTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (IWD):In 1975, during International Women's Year, the UN began celebrating 8 March as International Women's Day and in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world's women? In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women's Day, the General Assembly cited two reasons: (1) to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; (2) to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. And March 8th every year has been designated as International Women's Day in the United States.

---To celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Bookshop, we are pleased to present this event to the Fil Am Community of Los Angeles as one of our Silver Jubilee offerings. Thank you for your continued support of our Bookshop's programs. Maraming Salamat at Mabuhay !

---Philippine Expressions Bookshop
The Mail Order Bookshop dedicated toFilipino Americans in search of their roots. 2114 Trudie DriveRancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-2006, USATel (310) 514-9139 FAX (310) 514-3485----

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