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Alumna to discuss HIV/AIDS crisis, Feb. 4

A lecture on "The Mother of All Missed Opportunities: Human Rights and the Global HIV/AIDS Crisis" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in 2 Robertson Hall.

Speaking will be Joanne Csete, a 1977 Princeton graduate who is director of the HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch . She oversees a program of research and advocacy related to human rights abuses linked to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Previously chief of policy and programs in the regional office of UNICEF in Nairobi, she worked in Africa for about 10 years on public health and nutrition programs.

In December, Human Rights Watch issued a 40-page report compiled by Csete titled "Policy Paralysis: A Call for Action on HIV/AIDS-Related Human Rights Abuses Against Women and Girls in Africa." The report documents human rights abuses that women and girls suffer at each stage of their lives and that increase their risk for HIV infection. Human Rights Watch makes detailed recommendations to African governments, the United Nations and donors -- including the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria -- to take immediate action to address gender-based violence and discrimination.

The lecture is being sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination , Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies , Center for Health and Wellbeing and Princeton AIDS Initiative .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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