Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CNN Hero Award Winner Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe to Speak About Work in Uganda

NORMAN – The Center for Social Justice, along with the University of Oklahoma Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Sooners Without Borders, and Pros for Africa, will host a talk with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe about her work with rape victims in Africa, Monday, Feb 21. The event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Dale Hall, Room 200, 455 W. Lindsey, on the OU Norman campus. Free parking will be available in the parking lot immediately to the west and north of Dale Hall.

Nyirumbe is a Ugandan who was named a CNN Hero for her work with rape victims in Africa. She began the St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring School in Gulu, Uganda, to give shelter to girls and women who have been abducted by members of the Lord’s Resistance Army. Many of these young women were raped by their abductors and now have children. The St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring School empowers women and teaches them the skills necessary to make a living for themselves and their children.

Former Sooner Roy Williams, who works with Pros for Africa, will introduce Sister Rosemary. PFA is a nonprofit relief organization headquartered in Oklahoma City. PFA was founded in 2009 by Reggie Whitten, Bill Horn, Jay Mitchel, Jared Mitchel, Adrian Peterson, Tommie Harris, Roy Williams and Mark Clayton. PFA sends representatives to African nations to “provide food, water, clothing, medicine and other necessities to disadvantaged children of war, poverty and natural disaster.” ( For more information, visit

The Center for Social Justice is an initiative of the OU Women’s and Gender Studies Program, established in 2009 to promote gender justice, equality, tolerance, and human rights through local and global engagement.

Sooners Without Borders is a registered student organization of OU. The organization encourages collaboration across disciplines and is devoted to finding sustainable solutions for water, health, education, development and peace.

For more information about the event and for accommodations on the basis of disability, contact the Center for Social Justice at or call (405) 325-5787.

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