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2016 Justice for Women Lecture
Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda
25 April 2016


The 2016 Justice for Women Lecture was presented by Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda on March 24 at the Abomson Community Education Centre. Dr Sibanda discussed, Overcoming Food Insecurity - Ideas & Inspiration from Zimbabwe to Maine. Dr Sibanda presented a lecture on the First 1000 Days focussing on ATONU. She delivered the fifth annual Justice for Women Lecture, presented by Maine Law at the Abramson Community Education Center in Portland, to a sold-out crowd.

Justice for Women Lecture Series

The Justice for Women Lecture Series brings a distinguished speaker to Maine annually to present a public lecture and to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls in the developing world. The Lecture Series was established in 2011 with the generous support and leadership of Catherine Lee of Lee International. The vision is: A world in which all women and girls are treated justly and with respect. The mission is to promote global conversation about justice that inspires people to transform the lives of women and girls in both Maine and the developing world.

Activities in Maine included:

  • Visit with students at Deering High School in Portland, and received a key to the city from Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.
  • Visit to Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, and St. Mary's Nutrition Center in Lewiston, for tours and discussions about food insecurity and agriculture. She also joined the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn as it launched the state's first Community Food Charter.
  • Spoke to Bates College students, faculty, and members of the community, on the importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of a child's life.
  • Delivered the fifth annual Justice for Women Lecture, presented by Maine Law at the Abromson Community Education Center in Portland, to a sold-out crowd.
  • Participated in a policy discussion about agriculture, economic development, and food insecurity. The event was held at Pierce Atwood in Portland and moderated by Dean Danielle Conway of Maine Law. Participants included U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and many others including local farmers.
  • Engaged with Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) staff and students from high schools and colleges in Maine who are participating in study abroad programs, including several in Botswana
  • Meetings with the World Affairs Council of Maine and the International Law Society at the Maine School of Law
  • Informal discussions with Legislative Leaders, the Women's Law Association and Maine School of Law students
  • Meetings with the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth And Reconciliation Commission
  • Open discussions with current and past Mitchell Institute Scholars
  • Collaborating with Bates College to bring transformational speakers to the people of Maine
  • Partnering with Deering High School in support of their Learning Without Borders program
  • Inspiring Portland High School global studies students with intimate conversations and Q&A sessions
  • Book signing and reading at Longfellow Books

Justice For Woman Lecture

Dr Sibanda

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