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Nov. 29, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will observe World AIDS Day Wednesday, Dec. 1, with several events.

The Women's Resource Center will show the film, "Women are Leading Change in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS," Dec. 1at noon and 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center.

According to Molly Dragiewicz, director of the Women's Resource Center at Bucknell, "Women are biologically, socially and economically vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. Root causes such as violence and economic dependence disproportionately increase our chances of contracting the virus. Discrimination or stigma decrease our chances of obtaining adequate care.

"But women have solutions. We are empowering ourselves with knowledge. We are helping one another through associations and collective programs. And we are pushing governments to adopt practical solutions. This film highlights the strategies, successes, and struggles faced by women around the globe as we work to end AIDS," she said.

The film is open to the public without charge.

The student group, Bucknell African Students Association (BASA), is joining with the Women's Resource Center, the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Awareness (LGBT) and the office of Community Health Promotion (CHP) to host a Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 1 beginning at 7 p.m. on the uphill side of the Elaine Langone Center.

In addition, members of BASA will sell T-shirts and red ribbons in the Elaine Langone Center Mall (across from the Bookstore) Nov. 29 through Dec. 1 beginning at 11 a.m. each day. Proceeds will be donated to a charity working with HIV/AIDS victims in Africa.

According to Harris, "This year's theme, `Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS,' acknowledges the fact that women carry most of the burden of HIV/AIDS."

For more information, contact Abram Harris, founder of BASA, at aharris@bucknell.edu; or Tracy Shaynak, director of the Office of CHP, at 577-1705; or Fran McDaniel, director of the Office of LGBT Awareness, at 577-1609.

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