TOPEKA -- Women across the community unite to learn more about global women’s issues while raising dollars to help local women in crisis.
Woman 2 Woman from Kabul 2 Kansas is a special event of United Way’s Women United, Wednesday, September 22. Doors for this event open at 5 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6 p.m. at the Gary K. Clark Education Center at the Topeka Zoo. The evening features a presentation by Dr. Diana Carlin.
A University of Kansas professor of communication studies, Diana Carlin has spent years studying women in politics and assisting new democracies in establishing voter education and political debate procedures. Recently, she assisted in developing debate programs at three universities in Kabul, Afghanistan. While there, she observed the changing expectations for Afghan women and learned women’s issues in Kabul may be more challenging than those of women in Kansas, but women everywhere have similar concerns for themselves and their families.
The special women’s event serves as a fundraiser for United Way’s Women United, which is a local initiative which provides one-time grants to women and children in crisis situations. Since its inception in 2006, Women United has provided approximately $50,000 in grant funds. To qualify for assistance, women must apply through a not for profit agency in the community and have an immediate crisis need not otherwise served by any area agency. Women United can fund up to $500 in one-time grants which must first be voted on by a committee.