Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Grassroots activist Jane Roberts to speak on campus on Oct. 13th

Grassroots activitist Jane Roberts will present "Women, Population, and the Millenium Development Goals" at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 13) in Student Center 201B. 

Roberts is co-founder of "34 million friends of the United Nationals Population Fund UNFPA"  to raise awareness about the work of the UNPFA to promote gender equity, safe motherhood, and access to contraception in the developing world. 

Roberts has been widely recognized for her work on behalf of women around the world and was nominated in 2005 for the Nobel Peace Prize by the 100 Peace Women Project.  In 2003, she was one of MS. magazine's Women of the Year recipients.  She also has been named a Purpose Prize Fellow and one of the 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by eNews.  Pultizer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn featured Roberts in "Jane Roberts and Her 34 Million Friends" in Half the Sky:  Turning Oppression in Opportunity World Wide (2009). 

Roberts also is the mother of Dr. Anne Roberts, assistant professor of Biochemistry, at WCSU.