International Women's Day 2017

Fifth Annual International Women's Day Awards Brunch

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, political, and economic achievements made to promote the rights of women, took place for the first time on March 8, 1911. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day since 1975. When adopting its resolution on the observance of International Women's Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited the following reasons: “To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.”


Women’s Resources Center celebrates local leaders in honor of International Women’s Day 2018

The Women’s Resources Center is sponsoring the 5th Annual International Women’s Day Awards Brunch on March 8th, 2018 from 9am-11am at the iHotel and Conference Center. This annual celebration, in conjunction with International Women’s Day celebrations all over the globe, honors local efforts in our campus-community to improve the lives of women and girls across the globe. The Women’s Resources Center, together with the Center for Global Studies, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP), the Department of Anthropology, and the Program in Comparative and World Literature, is excited to honor the work of scholars and activists in Champaign-Urbana whose work has helped improved communities all over the globe! Our honorees this year represent a wide-range of achievements within the fields of education, health care, policy, history, and social work. 

Any questions can be forwarded to Sylwia Dutka at
Additional funding provided by the Student Cultural Programming Fee


2018 International Women’s Day Honorees:

Aashika Anantharaman
Undergraduate Student, Department of Psychology and Gender & Women’s Studies

Erin DeLuca
Coordinator for International Safety and Security, University of Illinois

Faye V Harrison
Graduate Academic Advisor, and Professor of African American Studies
Professor of Anthropology
Faculty Affiliate with the Center for African Studies

Susan Koshy
Director of Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Associate Professor, Department of English and Asian American Studies

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela
Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies

Sebnem Ozkan
Associate Director of the European Union Center
Director of Graduate Studies at the European Union Center

Naomi Paik
Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies

Nataly Quito
Undergraduate Student, Actuarial Science

Ximena Rivera
Legal Intern for Immigration Project

Alexandra van Doren
Co-Founder of Three Spinners
Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative and World Literature



2017 International Women’s Day Honorees:

Ariana Beattie
Undergraduate Student, Department of Community Health
Clair Bryan
Education Abroad Coordinator, Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
Lisa Fay
Director, Inner Voices Social Issues Theater
Karen Flynn
Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies
Courtney Krafczyk
Graduate Student, Department of Physics
Volunteer Coordinator, Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Week
Lisa Little
Court Advocate, Courage Connection Domestic Violence Services
Faranak Miraftab
Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Rebekah Niblock
Staff Attorney, The Immigration Project
Richa Niraula
Fulbright Scholar, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Karen Olowu
Undergraduate Student, Department of African-American Studies
Organizer, Black Students for Revolution
Lissette Piedra
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Yadira Ramirez
Undergraduate Student, Department of Latinx Studies/Department of Spanish
Yun Shi
Director for International Education, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Meagan Smith
PhD. Candidate, Department of Comparative and World Literature
Co-Founder/Director, Three Spinners
Brianna Theobald
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, American Indian Studies Program
Chi-Fang Wu
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Faculty Leader, Women’s Empowerment and International Development Focal Point
Ruiyao Zhang
Undergraduate Student, Department of Psychology/Department of Advertising