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FERC hands out 291,000 baht

Woman of Courage award goes to CMU Assoc. Professor

Run for Relief set for April 28

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FERC hands out 291,000 baht

50,000 baht presented to Tee Jupoh from the Burmese Childcare Centre l/r Mark Dumur Donna Dauenhauer, Celeste Tolibas-Holland, Carolina Thompson, Frank Weicks, Tee Jupoh, Becky Lomax

135,000 baht presented to Jamie Wood from the Development & Education Programme for Daughters & Community Centre l/r Marc Dumur, Donna Dauenhauer,Becky Lomax Celeste Tolibas-Holland, Carolina Thompson, Frank Weicks, & Jamie Wood

50,000 baht presented to Kimura Shigeru (Kim) & Kimura Satomi (Sato) from LINK l/r Becky Lomax, Marc Dumur,Donna Dauenhauer,Carolina Thompson, Kim, Celeste Tolibas-Holland, Frank Weicks, Sato

56,000 baht presented to Laurie Maund from the Sangha Metta project l/r Marc Dumur, Donna Dauenhauer, Carolina Thompson, Frank Weicks, Celeste Tolibas-Holland Becky Lomax and Laurie Maund

Woman of Courage award goes to CMU Assoc. Professor

Chiang Mai University Assoc. Prof. Virada Somsawasdi was honored as a “Woman of Courage” by U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp in recognition of her courage and leadership in advancing women’s rights. The ceremony was held on March 20 in Chiang Mai.

From left, Assoc. Prof. Virada Somswasdi, Mr. Chinda Somswasdi, and U.S. Consul General Beatrice Camp

Assoc. Prof. Virada was among women in 82 countries nominated by U.S. embassies for exceptional courage and leadership. She was selected for her sustained contributions to promoting the role of women in the political and economic process in Thailand and the region.

As the founder of the Women’s Studies Center at Chiang Mai University and as the President of the Foundation for Women, Law and Rural Development, Assoc. Prof. Virada has helped develop the capacity of women in the region, helping advance their leadership role in government, politics, administration, and the economy.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in honor of International Women’s Day 2007, established the annual Award for International Women of Courage to recognize women around the world who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement.

During the award ceremony, CG Camp praised Assoc. Prof. Virada’s leadership and contributions over many years to ensuring greater participation by women in the region.

Noting the celebration of International Women’s day two weeks earlier, CG Camp explained that the occasion “gives us a chance to remind the world that women are fundamental to the safety, security and prosperity of the world. Advancing democracy, prosperity, and security worldwide is not possible without the empowerment of women. If women cannot participate in the political process, there can be no real democracy. If women are deprived of economic opportunity, development is crippled. If women are not educated, they cannot pass knowledge to their children, and there is no true security for the next generation.”

Run for Relief set for April 28

Christians Concerned for Burma invites the Chiang Mai community to participate in the third annual “Run for Relief” to help put a light on the situation in Myanmar and to emphasize the need for humanitarian relief.

All funds raised are distributed in the forms of medicine, food, equipment, and educational materials supplied to ethnic relief teams who provide assistance to those who have been displaced.

The 5 kilometer run/walk and a 100 meter kids’ dash sets off on April 28 with registration beginning at 7:00am.

Location: Huay Tung Thao, Directions: drive north on Cholpratam Road (the big canal road west of town) toward the 700 Year Stadium. Continue on past the stadium for approximately 3 kilometers. Approximately 300 meters before the Cholpratam Road ends at the Mae Rim turn-off, turn left and cross a bridge. The parking lot where the race begins is the second right.

The cost: 200 baht entry fee, 200 baht for a T-shirt. For more information: in Thai: 085 040 2858 and in English: 086 780 1437 or Email: [email protected]

Anybody want to Salsa?

Every Friday salsa lessons are available at 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. at the Chiang Mai University Faculty of Humanities, Building HB 7.

On Saturday evenings practice sessions begin at 7:00pm and free dancing from 9:00 till midnight at Can Do Bar (“Experitainment”) on Chiang Mai Land Road between Soi 2 and 4. Everyone is welcome, beginners and experienced dancers. For more details and directions check out: www.geocities.com/salsa_chiangmai