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Hurdles and history: Political activist will speak on women’s issues in Sterling

Event at YWCA of the Sauk Valley celebrates International Women's Day

Farheen Hakeem
Farheen Hakeem

STERLING – The historic accomplishments of women and the modern challenges they face will be the focus of an event this weekend celebrating International Women’s Day.

The YWCA of the Sauk Valley and the Power Coalition are partnering to recognize strides made by women and will host keynote speaker Farheen Hakeem, a political activist and Chicago native focusing on women’s rights, Islamophobia and immigration.

Hakeem is the director of membership and communications for Wisconsin-based United Cooperatives for Social Justice.

The event will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the YWCA, 412 First Ave., in Sterling, and also include a mini workshop on what men can do to work on a united front with women.

“Even in the era of #Metoo and women’s marches, we still have a long ways to go toward achieving equality of the sexes, and the YWCA stands with all women across the Sauk Valley,” YWCA executive director Rebecca Munoz-Ripley said.

International Women’s Day, officially March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

“For centuries, women have been on the forefront on every issue whether it was for an 8-hour work day, fighting racism, transphobia or getting paid equally, if not more than their male counterpart, to name a few,” said AJ Reed, lead organizer of the Power Coalition.

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