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March 31, 2004

International Mondays To Focus On 'Human Rights In Zimbabwe' April 5

Tiisetso Russell will talk about human rights in Zimbabwe, including the political, social and economic situation, as part of the International Mondays lecture series, Monday, April 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Russell, who is a native of Zimbabwe and worked in human rights there for seven years, serves as a project associate of the Child Labor Research Initiative of the UI Center for Human Rights.

During her talk, Russell will focus on judicial independence in Zimbabwe, how that has been undermined and the impact of the "smart sanctions" on the ordinary Zimbabwean. She will also discuss the civic organizations that are working to improve democracy and governance in Zimbabwe, the effect of HIV/AIDS and its impact on child labor.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Russell worked as a project lawyer for the Legal Resources Foundation's Bulawayo Legal Projects Center in Zimbabwe. Her work involved facilitating educational outreach programs in the rural and urban Zimbabwean community, as well as conducting weeklong human rights workshops for the police. She was also involved in the training and supervising of paralegals, who worked in rural communities in the southern part of Zimbabwe. She also worked as a legal officer with ZimRights, a national NGO, focusing mainly on electoral, land and labor issues. In those capacities, she traveled nationally and internationally. She has worked as a lecturer in business law at Bulawayo Polytechnic and was involved in a variety of campus-wide administrative committees.

Russell has a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Zimbabwe, a master's degree in higher education from Iowa State University and a master's degree in international and comparative law from the UI College of Law.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs 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, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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