Tribute to Women's History Month

Blackhawk Technical College’s tribute to Women’s History Month continues this month with the showing of three provocative documentaries that highlight women’s powerful roles in the international community.         

BTC’s Diversity and Advancement Committee is sponsoring the series that will show “Umoja: No Men Allowed,” “Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer” and “Belfast Girls” at different BTC campus sites. Presentations are free and open to the public.            

“Belfast Girls” will be shown at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in room 2227 on the Central Campus. This 58-minute film shows how two young women – one Protestant, the other Catholic – overcome the so-called “peace walls’’ of Belfast to forge a relationship that crosses the bridge that has separated Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.           

“Umoja: No Men Allowed” is the story of tribeswomen who establish a women-only village in northern Kenya after they were banished from their village by their husbands in the tribe’s oppressive patriarchal system. The 32-minute documentary illustrates how these women reclaim their lives in a village that won’t allow men.         

Two showings are available. The first is Thursday, March 20, at 4 p.m. in room 413 on the Monroe Campus; the second is Wednesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. in room 115 of the Beloit Center.      

“Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer’’ is a 96-minute film that shows just how powerful a tool the Internet is in societies where the written word is often suppressed and/or censored. The film follows bloggers in Cuba, China and Iran and how their words open their readers to the violations of human rights and free speech in their countries.     

Forbidden Voices will be shown Tuesday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Blackhawk Room (1315) on the Central Campus.