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International Peace Activists Come to Summit at UMass Lowell


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Women Leaders to Share How They Use Economic, Social Development 
To Promote Peace

Sunday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 12

WHAT:  Renowned peace advocates from around the world are participating in the first-ever International Women Leaders’ Summit on Security through Economic and Social Development at UMass Lowell. The delegations are from Africa, Colombia, Egypt, Ireland and Israel. 

Members of the delegations are available for interviews with members of the media throughout the summit. Please contact UMass Lowell Public Affairs for details.

The summit provides the opportunity for many of the delegates to meet face-to-face for the first time. The women leaders will share their experiences using economic and social development toward creating peace in their home nations. 

In addition to international participants, Massachusetts women leaders will also take part in the summit. Representatives of Boston, Lawrence and Lowell organizations that promote social justice, economic development and cultural programs in their communities will take part.

Delegations will meet and make presentations throughout the day on Monday, April 11 before concluding with the signing of the Lowell Declaration, a compilation of their best practices and vision for future efforts as a global network of women leaders. A public web site will be launched after the summit to sustain interaction and expand educational outreach. 

During the summit, noted South African anti-apartheid activist and former top official in Nelson Mandela’s government, Barbara Hogan, will be presented with an honorary doctoral degree from UMass Lowell in a special ceremony on Monday at 6 p.m. This event is open to the public with advance registration.

Other events include:

A welcome luncheon on Sunday, April 10 with community leaders at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, followed by a tour of the city’s historic sites; 
The screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., which tells the story of Leymah Roberta Gbowee, the Liberian peace activist who is one of the summit’s attendees and the 2011 UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace. Filmmaker Janet Johnson-Bryant, a former Liberian journalist now studying for a graduate degree at UMass Lowell, will participate in a panel discussion with Gbowee. This event is free and open to the public. 
WHERE:   All events are at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell unless otherwise stated above.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224