March 4: African activist speaks for International Women’s Day

Kwelagobe-80PULLMAN, Wash. – African women’s education and social activism will be discussed by former Miss Universe from Botswana, Mpule Kwelagobe, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the CUB ballroom at Washington State University.

The free, public lecture commemorates International Women’s Day ( March 8.

Kwelagobe will discuss gender issues and social activism in Africa, which have been her passion for 15 years. After winning Miss Universe in 1999, she used her newfound notoriety to begin making a difference for African women and youth, with an emphasis on sexual reproductive education and services.

She has been a United Nations goodwill ambassador and has testified before the U.S. Congress about the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Erin McIlraith, WSU Center for Civic Engagement, 509-335-0578,