The Ursuline College community will gather at 3 p.m. Mar. 25 for Women Watch, an annual tribute to Sr. Joanne Marie Mascha. Sr. Joanne was murdered in a wooded area on campus by a mentally ill neighbor in 1995. The community will also remember the women and children in Cuyahoga County who have died violently during the past year.
Women Watch takes shape on the College’s campus through a silent procession. The Ursuline community – students, faculty, staff and friends – walk together with hand-made silhouettes illustrated with the names and the ages of those slain.
“Women Watch makes us take a closer look at what is happening in our own society. We always hear about violence against women and children, but sometimes we forget how close we actually are to it and become almost passive about the culture. By gathering in remembrance each year, we give the victims a voice and the remembrance that they deserve,” Stephanie Pratt, Ursuline College senior and Women Walk organizer, said.
“This year, we are focusing on the areas of violence against women that are most prominent, yet unheard of in our society such as domestic violence, human trafficking, rape, and violence in the foster care system.”
The walk will begin in the Art Department of the Fritzche Building. The group will proceed to the Quad for a prayer service.
For more information about the observance, contact Joann Piotrkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440 646 8327.