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Sept. 8, 2006

Huda To Discuss Sexual Exploitation, Trafficking Sept. 14

Sigma Huda, a Bangladeshi human rights attorney, will discuss "Combating Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council luncheon at noon Thursday, Sept. 14. The luncheon will take place at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Huda is an attorney and partner in the law firm Chancery Chambers in Bangladesh. She has practiced law since 1970 and has been an active and outspoken advocate for women's issues. She has fought against trafficking and sexual exploitation, particularly of women and girls from Bangladesh to India. In recognition of this phase of her work, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh appointed her to the National Council for Women in Development in Bangladesh.

She also represented Bangladesh at the United Nations General Assembly in 1978 where she worked on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms if Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She then continued to work on CEDAW at the UN Centre for Advancement of Women at Vienna. She is still extremely active in promoting women's issues in Bangladesh and in the world arena, participating as a member of the boards of many organizations advocating for women's rights. She currently serves as the United Nations Special

Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.

This program is presented in part with the support of Mike Margolin and Regions Bank, Coralville and will be catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program on Friday, Sept. 15 following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon Tuesday Sept. 12.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

Huda's visit, hosted by the UI College of Law, also includes a public lecture about human trafficking at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the student lounge on the fourth floor of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free to the Sept. 13 lecture.

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 a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn

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