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Vicki Kennedy to Address Year of International Women Event

BOSTON, April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vicki Kennedy, attorney, advocate and widow of the late Senator Edward Kennedy, will give the keynote address at the International Institute of New England's annual luncheon honoring the Year of International Women. The event will take place Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. in the State Room of 60 State Street in Boston (doors open at 11:30 a.m.).

Kennedy has worked on issues related to health care, guns, homelessness and economic opportunity. She founded Common Sense About Kids and Guns, a nonprofit that attempts to reduce gun violence against children. Kennedy will speak at the luncheon about lost opportunities in assisting children at risk in a global environment.

Kennedy believes that education is key to empowering children and their parents around the world, and there is no better symbol of overcoming those challenges than in Afghanistan, where young girls are routinely excluded from the education system.

That issue is the focus of an upcoming documentary, "What Tomorrow Brings," which will be screened at the luncheon. The feature-length film takes viewers to the pastoral Afghan village of Deh Subz, where an all girls' school -- the first in the village -- is challenging centuries of conservative social tradition. The film follows the interconnected stories of students, teachers, tribal elders and tenacious school founder Razia Jan who is convinced that educating girls will help lift her country out of war and poverty in ways that bombs or ballots cannot.

Beth Murphy, IINE outgoing board chair and CEO of Principle Pictures, is the award-winning producer and director of the WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS. She will be honored at the event for her work on behalf of women. Murphy is driven by the belief that documentary films have the power to create real awareness about issues that impact our lives, and provide a way for audiences to connect in meaningful ways with our world. In 1999, she founded Principle Pictures, a Boston-based independent film company dedicated to using cinema as a catalyst for social and political change.

Both Kennedy and Murphy will give their views of how the issues of children at risk across the globe should be tackled, and how lawmakers, activists, governments and everyday people can help change the future of young women in every corner of the world.


SOURCE International Institute of New England

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