National Archives at Kansas City

Press Release: February 18, 2014

National Archives at Kansas City

International Women’s Day Symposium Women in the Age of Globalization: Setbacks, Promises, and Possibilities at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City, (MO)…On Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m. the National Archives, the National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with the United Nations Association Women will present Women in the Age of Globalization: Setbacks, Promises, and Possibilities. A 3:30 p.m. reception will follow the program.

Two women, with distinctly different global experiences, will compare and contrast the setbacks, promises, and possibilities of women today in the world of international affairs and business. This program is presented in recognition of International Women’s Day.

About the speakers

Mona Ali, RN, is a Somali-American who has lived in the United States for 18 years. After the civil war started in Somalia, she and her family fled immediately to Kenya, which borders Somalia. The migration to Kenya enabled them to restart their lives and seek resettlement through the United Nations. Thereafter, Ms. Ali came to the United States, where she has rebuilt her future. She lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home to thousands of Somalis, and attended nursing school, graduating in 2004. She is currently director of Crystal Home Health Care in Kansas City, Missouri and the mother of four children. She hopes she can be positive role model to other female immigrants. Ms. Ali will describe her journey and the opportunities she has been granted by coming to the United States.

Martha Jalali Rabbani joined the Humanities and Western Civilization Program faculty at the University of Kansas in 2004 as a lecturer in peace and conflict studies. A Brazilian, she holds a bachelors and master degrees from universities in Brazil, an advanced diploma in peace studies and conflict resolution from the European Peace University in Schlainnin, Austria, and a doctorate in humanities from Jaume I University in Spain. Dr. Rabbani's teaching and research are in peace education, global democracy, and world citizenship. She has authored several articles on peace education. Dr. Rabbani's most recent book is The Development and Anti-Development Debate: Critical Reflections on the Philosophical Foundations published in 2011. Dr. Rabbani will discuss how women worldwide have been impacted by the Global Development Project and how the Millennium Development Goals seek to address this condition and empower women in the impoverished regions of the world.

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) annually on March 8 during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

This program is sponsored by the UNA Women of the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City and the Lawrence D. Starr Global Studies Institute at the University of Saint Mary. Program partners include the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University; Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.); Zonta Club of Kansas City, Missouri; and the American Association of University Women of Greater Kansas City.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

UNA Women is a program of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) that works to advance important and timely issues related to women and girls. UNA Women advocate for UN programs that further women’s rights and empowerment internationally.

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