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Release: April 19, 2001
Petchesky to speak at UI April 27 about international women's rights
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Rosalind Petchesky, a scholar and activist promoting
international reproductive rights for women, will speak at the University
of Iowa Friday, April 27 about "Women and Global Power." Her presentation,
part of a series on "Reproduction, Motherhood, and Womens Health:
Issues for the 21st Century" sponsored by the UI department of womens
studies in the College of Liberal Arts, is at 4 p.m. in Room 140, Schaeffer
Petchesky is a professor of womens studies and political science at
Hunter College and the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She
is a founder of the International Reproductive Rights Research Action Group
and the author of "Abortion and Womens Choice" and "Negotiating
Reproductive Rights." She won a MacArthur "Genius" Award for
her work to promote womens health and reproductive rights.
Throughout her career, Petchesky has written on reproductive technologies
and reproductive rights, focusing on womens rights as human rights in
an international framework. She has lectured at campuses across the United
States and Canada as well as in Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, the Philippines,
Malaysia, Puerto Rico, South Africa, England and India.
"As globalization and market forces trample older notions of social
ethics in most countries, it is becoming all too evident that reproductive
and sexual rights for women will remain unachievable if they are not connected
to a strong campaign for economic justice and an end to poverty," she
wrote in a paper published in Reproductive Health Matters in May 2000.
Her visit to the UI is co-sponsored by the political science department,
Global Health Studies and the UI Center for Human Rights.