(KUTV) Utah Valley University will host the fourth International Women of the Mountains conference from October 7th - 9th.
The conference aims to raise awareness about issues critical to women in mountainous nations.
According to a statement released by the university, studies show that people in mountainous regions are often impoverished and that women and children suffer disproportionately from the conditions in these areas.
Officials from the U.S. State Department, UNWomen, Mountain Partnership, The World Bank, and ambassadors from several mountainous countries will be among the expected 1,000 attendees, the university says.
"I feel passionate about this conference because of the message it's bringing to our local community and to the global community," said Jenny Starley, public relations and fundraising coordinator for the conference.
"Far too often we're so involved with our own lives that it's difficult to see how we can be impacted by events that occur in other parts of the world."
The Women of the Mountains conference was established in 2007 as a grassroots forum driven by Utahns. The conference hopes to mobilize sustainable development in mountain communities around the world, particularly as it applies to women and children.