UN Series – Focus on Women – An African Experience

Lecturer, Karen Pease-Marino
Wednesday, February 27
3 pm

Women are the focus of many of the goals set forth by the United Nations in its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint for a better and more sustainable future.  These goals include education, gender equality, eliminating poverty, and improved health, well being, and maternal care—and they dovetail perfectly with the subject of this talk by Karen Pease Marino. In it Karen takes us on a journey of discovery through Uganda, which she has visited many times. She’ll share images of its schools, its slums, its beautiful landscape, and enchanting wildlife—as she tells the story of women and girls, of Ugandan healthcare, what it means to live in extreme poverty—and the many ways in which we all can help. The program is complementary but donations are greatly appreciated.  Please call the gallery to register.  203-586-1474 Karen Pease Marino Karen is on the board of the United Nations Association of Connecticut and a committed volunteer for two NGOs: Bead for Life and Street Business School, both of which are based out of Kampala, Uganda. The two organizations help women break out of extreme poverty by giving them the tools they need to start locally owned businesses. In addition to her humanitarian interests, Karen loves adventure. The California native has sailed across the Pacific on a 32-foot sailboat, lived and traveled in Australia for two years, and backpacked solo across Europe. She currently works as a senior art director at Ethan Allen in Danbury, CT—and is happily married with two handsome sons.

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