A series of spectacles including poetry readings, lectures and open discussion will be the focus of International Women’s Month continuing through March at El Buen Amigo in a partnership between the Latin American Cultural Association and the Buffalo State Writer’s Network.
“What we are doing is celebrating women’s accomplishments [all over the world],” said Rachel Johnson of the Buffalo State Writer’s Network. “While we’re better than most countries in terms of women’s equality, there is still a lot more that needs to be accomplished.”
The events are related to the theme of Pledge for Parity, which promotes unbiased gender consciousness and aid in helping women achieve goals in the workplace and include:
1 to 3 p.m. March 19: “Women During Wartime: Who Were They?” Poetry and history presentation by local poet Theresa Wyatt; “The Presence of War for Women” lecture by Rachel Johnson; and letter writing to soldiers and refugees currently in the heart of war.
4 to 6:30 p.m. March 19: “Women During Shakespeare Times.” Music by Sara Rodriguez and “A Countess, A Queen, and a Wife” lecture by Johnson about female poets in Elizabethan times.
7 p.m. March 25: Lecture by Mervin Capeles, an artist from Puerto Rico, on the representation of the female artist throughout the African Diaspora.
Events are hosted at El Buen Amigo (114 Elmwood Ave.). The suggested donation is $5, $4 for students, military and senior citizens. Admission is free with the donation of a hygiene product (deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) for the YWCA of Western New York.