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For Immediate Release:
February 06, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade's County Parks' Women's Park in Partnership with Miami-Dade County Commission for Women and Sahara of South Florida Will Host a Candlelight Vigil ''Remembering Jyoti Singh Pandey''

February 10 vigil calls to end violence against women


Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations of our time and claims millions of victims every year.  It is time to end violence. The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department together with the Miami-Dade County Commission For Women and Sahara of South Florida, the Miami based organization supporting Asian women in distress, invite the community to join them at The Women's Park from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2013 for a candlelight vigil "Remembering Jyoti Singh Pandey" - the 23-year-old New Delhi, India woman whose brutal bus assault and death is raising awareness worldwide about ending violence against women.

For more information about the vigil and other efforts sponsored by Sahara of South Florida, visit
www.saharasf.org or call (954) 723-9105/(786) 258-2922.

The Women's Park is located at 10251 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33174 (near the FIU Engineering Bldg. on Flagler Street).  For directions to this event or information about programs and activities offered at The Women's Park, visit www.miamidade.gov/park, or contact Donna Diaz by phone at (305) 480-1717 or e-mail: dodiaz@miamidade.gov.

The Women's Park, founded June 16, 1992, was the first park dedicated to women in the United States. It was created to honor all women past, present, and future for their contributions to the betterment of the quality of life in Miami-Dade County. Members of the Women's Park Founder's Committee include Roxcy O'Neal Bolton (Mother of the park), Bonnie Lano Rippingille, Molly Turner, Teresa Zorilla Clark, Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Leona H. Cooper, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Elaine Gordon, Monna Lighte, and Helen Miller.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department:
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award and winner of the 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department's efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County's world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.parksfoundationofmiami-dade.com.

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