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March 14, 2005

Women’s Reproductive Health Topic Of Talk

The power of two women, one idea, and 34 million friends, will be the topic of a presentation by Jane Roberts on Monday, March 21, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Roberts is one of the co-founders of 34 Million Friends of UNFPA, an organization that seeks to mobilize at the grass roots to save women’s lives around the world.

34 Million Friends is a response to the Bush Administration’s decision to withhold $34 million of congressionally approved funds for the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. This funding would have been used to provide safe motherhood, HIV prevention, and contraceptives for women in the world’s poorest countries.

The organization is trying to find 34 million Americans to each give $1 or more to this cause.

Roberts’ interest in women’s issues, reproductive health, and international family planning goes back 30 years. In 2001, she joined the PLANet campaign that worked to build American support for international family planning. When the U.S. Administration decided to defund the UNFPA, she began asking Americans to support its work by sending in $1 per person. She co-founded 34 Million Friends with Lois Abraham.

Roberts’ talk is sponsored by Student Health Services, Health Education, Student Health Advisory Council, UConn Choice Action Network, the UConn Chapter of the National Organization of Women, and the American Association of University Women.

For more information about the event, contact Lisa-Marie Griffiths at 860.486.4837.