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03/09/2012

CIEE SPONSORS UNITY DOW VISIT TO MAINE

To celebrate 65 years of leadership in international education and exchange, CIEE has joined The University of Maine School of Law and the Justice for Women Lecture Series to sponsor a very special visit to Portland by The Honorable Unity Dow, an international human rights advocate, best-selling novelist, and the first female Judge of Botswana’s High Court.  Ms. Dow will be in Portland, Maine, from March 26th-28th for a series of talks with law students, college students, high schools students, and leaders of commerce and government. 

Unity Dow will share her story of leadership and success in overcoming immense barriers – social, cultural, political, and economic – to achieve greater rights and dignity for women in her home country of Botswana, and other African nations. She is an amazingly accomplished woman who served for a decade as the first female Judge of Botswana’s High Court. Having recently returned to the practice of law, she has been actively addressing challenges of HIV/AIDS, child protection, violence against women, and human rights in Botswana and other nations throughout Africa. Ms. Dow is also an acclaimed author and novelist and has taught and lectured around the world. She co-founded the AIDS Action Trust, is a member of International Women’s Rights Watch, and serves as Executive Committee Chair of the International Commission of Jurists.

CIEE is the leading international education and exchange organization based in Portland, Maine.  Our mission has been: "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." Currently operating in more than 40 countries, CIEE develops and administers programs for the advancement of international education and exchange.