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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 Women’s Health: Issues for the 21st Century" sponsored by the UI department of women’s studies in the College of Liberal Arts, is at 4 p.m. in Room 140, Schaeffer Hall.

Petchesky is a professor of women’s 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 Women’s Choice" and "Negotiating Reproductive Rights." She won a MacArthur "Genius" Award for her work to promote women’s health and reproductive rights.

Throughout her career, Petchesky has written on reproductive technologies and reproductive rights, focusing on women’s 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.