July 23, 2008

Women in labor 'Walk to Beat the Clock' Sept. 13

Source: NYSUT News Wire

The Coalition for Labor Union Women is again raising awareness about issues affecting women - this time with promotion of an event for HPV/Cervical Cancer Prevention and Awareness.

walk to beat the clockA 4K walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Manhattan beginning at 9:15 a.m. as an inaugural "Walk to Beat the Clock." Similar events have been held in Washington, D.C. Participants can register online at tamikaandfriends.org, a not-for-profit organization. Goodie bags for walkers will include educational materials and donated gifts. The walk begins at Carl Schurz Park at East End Avenue and East 86th Street on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

HPV - human papillomavirus - is the leading sexually transmitted disease in the world, according to CLUW. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women, and it is highly preventable with proper screening. CLUW has it own ongoing awareness campaign called Cervical Cancer Prevention Works. The project's mission is to empower union women by providing them with information on how to prevent this deadly disease.

CLUW officers include Maria Neira, a vice president of NYSUT and the American Federation of Teachers.