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President's Message: "Look at the World through Women's Eyes" (Suzanne Meisenzahl)
League Lands in the Middle of a Highly-Charged Political Dispute
Mayor Jeremy Harris to Address League
Honolulu League Continuing Program 1994-1995
Honolulu League Testifies on Development Plan Amendments (Astrid Monson)
Domestic Violence Film to Be Aired
Learn about League
Education Committee (Marion Saunders)

President's Message: "Look at the World through Women's Eyes"

The 1994 year ends with the Honolulu League's annual program planning meeting. The League's policy is unique, in that it creates programs from member initiatives, which are then passed on to the board for action. In order for our grass roots process to flourish, your participation is not only welcomed but very much needed. Please attend!

"We exist to increase citizen participation in government. And we use education advocacy and mediation as means to achieve that goal."

-Becky Cain, LWV/US President

This year, we will show all the Adwatch spots aired on KGMB as well as an informative and humorous LWV/ US video for new members. Our 75th anniversary celebration should include developing a solid membership base for the next 75 years.

Letter from San Francisco

This month's message comes to you from San Francisco, where Arlene Ellis and I attended the official US preparatory meeting for the UN Fourth World Conference on Women to be held in Beijing, China, in September, 1995. The focus of the preparatory meeting was to compile data for the draft platform for action and was attended by more than 900 women. It included a keynote address by Carol M. Browner, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Agency. It was an honor to have a cabinet level speaker address the group (47% of Clinton administration appointees are women.)

As always seems to be the case, it was difficult to choose two from the 24 available workshops, but I tried to attend those that might shed light on some of our local efforts: Violence Against Women and Women's Rights are Human Rights. Women's rights have been written into strong national and international laws and treaties. Knowledge about the laws now on the books in the U.S. and how to use them will advance the status of women and help protect our children.

League participation in Beijing will be at the non-governmental organizations (NGO) Women's Forum. This program will run parallel to the governmental UN Fourth World Conference on Women. The forum has two goals: to influence the document called the Platform for Action that UN member states will adopt; and to hold a substantive and celebratory forum highlighting women's vision and strategy for the world in the 21st century.

The forum's theme and challenge is to "look at the world through women's eyes." It will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4, 1995. The trip, including an optional eight day supplement, has been arranged through China Advocates, a private U.S. cultural organization. Please call the office for details concerning cost and itinerary.

In closing, let me say thank you for a wonderful seven months actively serving the League. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Suzanne Meisenzahl

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