This upcoming Wednesday, Save the Children executive vice president Carolyn Miles will be in town to lead a community discussion titled “Women and Children at Risk: Haiti and the Developing World.”

The discussion will be hosted by the World Affairs Council of Montana, which is asking for a $5 admission fee for members of the public; it’s free for students and World Affairs Council members.

According to the news release:

Miles, an established leader in the nonprofit sector and developing world, has traveled to more than 45 countries. Her visit to Missoula is part of a national outreach effort to increase awareness of the challenges faced by women and children in developing nations.

She will speak about the growing efforts to empower women, as well as Save the Children’s successful programs that address issues of basic health and education services for children around the world.

Miles also will discuss efforts being made to increase economic opportunities, HIV/OVC initiatives for children and communities, and emergency assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake disaster. Miles will share impressions from her recent visit to the country and the level of progress toward improving conditions from the tragedy.

The event is part of the World Affairs Council of Montana’s Distinguished Speakers Program and is the 2011 Dirk and Kim Visser/Allegiance Benefit Plan Management Inc. lecture. It is co-sponsored by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at UM.

Show up at the University Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. with your $5 if you want to attend. For more information, visit the World Affairs Council website.