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Release: Feb. 19, 2003

Naisiadet Mason To Speak About Women And AIDS In Africa Feb. 27

Naisiadet Mason, director of International Programs for the National Association of People with AIDS, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) on the AIDS epidemic in Africa Thursday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m. Her lecture is entitled, "In Africa, AIDS has a Woman's Face," and will be held at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 North Clinton Street.

Mason's position includes advocating for international AIDS policies, establishing a network of local and international partners, designing and implementing programs and providing technical assistance and leadership training to people living with HIV/AIDS. Formerly, Mason was the program manager of HIV Services at the Minneapolis Urban League. She was one of the founding members of Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya, a community-based nonprofit social services organization in Nairobi, Kenya. Mason is a board member of Hope for African Children and also the Global AIDS Alliance. Mason is a native Kenyan. She earned her Master of Public Health and her Bachelor of Science in public health studies from the University of Minnesota.

Those wishing to attend should send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 38 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. For more information on this program or the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, contact Tom Baldridge, ICFRC executive director, at (319) 335-0351.

For those unable to attend the program, WSUI-AM will be broadcasting it on Friday, Feb. 28. This program is made possible with the support of the Iowa State Bank and Trust Co. and UI International Programs.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. Foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of International Programs (IP), these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Tom Baldridge 319-335-0351 Writer: Kent Nguyen