STC Women’s Studies Cmte to host award winning photojournalist, Mimi Chakarova

The South Texas College Women’s Studies Committee invites the general public to join award winning photojournalist and film maker Mimi Chakarova at a screening of “Her War: The Invisible Crisis of Women Veterans” at the STC Pecan Campus Cooper Center Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00pm.

In recent years, the number of homeless women vets has doubled, making female veterans the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States today. “Her War” takes us to a forgotten war zone – LA’s Skid Row, where an increasing number of female veterans live on the streets.

During their tours of duty, at least one in five women veterans experienced sexual assault or repeated harassment, according to the Dpt. of Veterans Affairs. These women are four times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and an increasing number end up addicted to drugs and alcohol.

“Chakarova sheds light on the pressing issues of our time, pertinent issues that need to be brought into the public debate”, said Jennifer Clark, Women’s Studies Cmte Chair and STC Assoc. Professor of Political Science. “We have a lot of veterans at STC and in the Rio Grande Valley and we feel this will be an important event.”

For the past decade, Mimi Chakarova has covered global issues examining conflict, corruption and the sex trade. Chakarova’s work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” CNN World, BBC World, and PBS’ FRONTLINE/World, among others.

Chakarova has taught visual storytelling at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for 14 years. She has also taught at Stanford University and is currently a correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Chakarova’s accolades include the Nestor Almendros Award at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award for her work on sex trafficking, a People’s Voice Webby as well as a nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy Award, among others.

For more information, contact the STC Women’s Studies Committee at 956-872-3510 or visit the Facebook event page at http://goo.gl/4zQgE.

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