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Former Malaysian AIDS Council president to speak, March 28

Marina Mahathir, an author, journalist and until recently president of the Malaysian AIDS Council, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in McCosh 50. Her lecture is titled "Fatal Confluences: Islam, Gender and HIV/AIDS in Malaysia."

Mahathir, the daughter of Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's former prime minister, is an activist for HIV/AIDS awareness as well as other social causes. During her leadership of the Malaysian AIDS Council, which was established to coordinate the work of nongovernmental organizations fighting the Asian AIDS epidemic, she became an outspoken critic of political, economic and cultural policies that make certain populations especially vulnerable to HIV infection.

As a Muslim, she is particularly interested in the relationship between gender, religion and the general welfare of women. Her lecture will present a case study of the conservative state of Kelantan in northeast Malaysia, where religious mores and socio-economic factors have combined to create an environment particularly perilous for women.

The event is designated as a Walter E. Edge Lecture and is sponsored by Public Lecture Series.

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