March 23, 2010 the Jefferson County Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Jefferson Community College hosted a presentation entitled “A Global Perspective on the Oppression of Women and Girls: Stories of Strength and Suffering from Sierra Leone and Malawi” at JCC. North Country teachers Heather F. White and Renee G. Waterbury traveled to the Republic of Malawi in 2008 as part of team to meet and evaluate the needs of Malawi widows. In May of 2009, Tammie J. Miller, branch director of the Fairgrounds YMCA in Watertown, traveled to Malawi with another group of North Country community members. Katherine M. FitzGerald, adjunct philosophy instructor at JCC, spent January through June of 2009 in Sierra Leone where she taught theology and philosophy as a visiting professor at The Fatima Institute (TFI) in Makeni. More than 60 members of the public attended the free event at JCC.
The mission of AAUW is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. For membership information contact Katrina M. Cox at 782-7241.