First-year international student wins annual college peace speech contest
Around the world, at least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Center for Health and Gender Equity.
This and other information about global violence against women was presented by Goshen College first-year student Niti Mishra on Jan. 23 for the 2007 C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Mishra won the competition with her speech “Gender Violence: A Challenge Across Borders.” Mishra is an accounting major from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and originally from Nepal.
The runner-up for the 2007 competition was first-year student Georgette Oduor, from Kenya, who spoke about “The Truth About AIDS in Kenya: How It Affects Children.” The other contestants were: sophomore Analisa Gerig-Sickles, of West Branch, Iowa; first-year Betsy Houser, from Phoenix, Ariz.; and first-year Drew Stoltzfus, from Souderton, Pa.