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2007.04.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

CCSW to Host Omaha YWCA Clothesline Project Display at UNO

Omaha - In observance of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be the Tuesday, April 24, stop for a commanding exhibit from the Omaha YWCA. The UNO Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) is bringing the exhibit, "Omaha YWCA Clothesline Project Display," to campus.

The exhibit will be available for viewing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Fireplace Lounge. The Clothesline Project will be on display as the final CCSW event for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her. Families and friends of women who have died as a result of violence also have shirts on display to express their deep loss.

"The Clothesline Project puts a human face on the statistics of violence against women," said Elizabeth Keller, event organizer and CCSW member. "It helps increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, celebrates a woman's strength to survive and provides an avenue for her to courageously break the silence. Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by and bear witness to this powerful display."

Informational literature on the display and additional information from the Omaha YWCA and other agencies will be available to answer questions.

For more information, contact Keller at (402) 554-3317 or ekeller@mail.unomaha.edu.

The CCSW serves as an advisory council to the chancellor and other university administrators on issues that relate to women faculty, staff and students. The commission's goal is to provide a forum for women at UNO in conjunction with the organization's core themes of A, B, C - Awareness of women's issues, Balance in women's lives, and the Community and women's roles. For more information about the CCSW, visit the Web at http://www.unomaha.edu/ccsw/.

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