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Women’s support movement comes to TU

3 April 2013 By Emily Kong, Contributing Writer No Comments

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Sophomore Dana Rzewnicki understands that not all women know the meaning of freedom. In America, women are entitled to education and the right to be who they want to be. In other countries, girls fight every day for their right to learn and dream, she said.

“People don’t even know that these issues exist,” Rzewnicki said.

Rzewnicki decided to found a Towson chapter of the Half the Sky organization. Half the Sky is a nonprofit national organization that tries to spread awareness of women’s oppression worldwide, focusing on economic empowerment and education. Their mission is to raise discussion of such issues of forced prostitution, gender-based violence, maternal mortality and sex trafficking.

The speech pathology major first heard about the Half the Sky movement because of her boyfriend’s participation in a chapter at his institution, North Carolina-based Davidson College.

“I was inspired by my boyfriend’s chapter,” Rzewnicki said. “I thought everything about it was such a good idea. I was like, ‘Someone should really start that at Towson’ and then I was like, ‘Hey, I could start that at Towson.’”

Half the Sky only became an SGA-affiliated organization at the end of the fall semester, which put most plans on hold until next fall.

In the meantime, Rzewnicki plans to continue to promote the group. She said the first priority is to make women’s oppression known on campus and to spread the word to help change the way it affects women.

“I think people should join, it’s kind of a humbling experience to learn all those things and also really rewarding to know that you’re doing something to change the world essentially,” Rzewnicki said.  “Even if it’s just one life or one person, it still makes a difference.”

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