2010.08.31 > For Immediate Release
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Women's Resource Center to Add 'Safe Space' on Campus
Omaha - This fall the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is looking to create a “safe space” for women and men at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), as well as the surrounding community.
The “safe space” is a place where students can seek refuge from violence and sexual abuse and are free to discuss concerns and ideas. This space is located on the first floor of UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center.
WRC Director Colleen O’Doherty wants to establish a secure environment that is also a forum where students can address serious problems that are often considered taboo. To achieve this, O’Doherty wants to extend the organization’s outreach and demonstrate that "women's issues" are really just human rights issues.
“Ultimately, social problems that are labeled as 'women's issues' are disregarded, and that's ridiculous because anything impacting 50 percent of the population is having an impact on the other half,” O’Doherty said.
The WRC was founded in 1973 by a group of women who wanted to put the ideas of the Women's Liberation Movement into practice on UNO's campus. Today, the WRC continues to educate people at UNO and in the community on issues impacting women. They have sponsored multiple rallies, speakers, voter registration drives and other awareness-raising events over the years.
The WRC’s open house is Wednesday, Sept. 8. They will host voter registration during Homecoming Week.
To learn more about the Women’s Resource Center, visit the WRC blog at http://womancave.wordpress.com or e-mail Colleen O’Doherty: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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