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UTSA groups sponsor Nov. 8 presentation: Women Confronting Globalization

By Kareem El Dahab
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Nov. 5, 2005)--As part of UTSA Diversity Month, the UTSA Women's Studies Institute, the Department of History, the Department of English, Classics and Philosophy, and the Institute for Law and Public Affairs will host a lecture and discussion, "Women Confronting Globalization: Cultural Resistance, Fair Trade and Human Rights" at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Durango Building Southwest Room (1.124), Downtown Campus.

Abigail Thornton, grassroots organizer for the Mexico Solidarity Network, and Cecilia Santiago Vera, social psychologist from Chiapas, Mexico, will speak at the event. A video message will be provided from Mujeres por la Dignidad (Women for Dignity), a cooperative of several hundred indigenous weavers in Chiapas.

Thornton led delegations to Chiapas and the surrounding region last spring with another human-rights activist. She has worked with undocumented workers, mothers of women who were murdered (femicides) in Juarez and Chihuahua, and coordinates the Chiapas medical aid program.

Santiago Vera has worked to help people displaced from the highland region around Chiapas, particularly with women survivors of the Acteal massacre, people in prison and indigenous communities that live in violent situations.

For more information, contact the Women's Studies Institute at (210) 458-6277.

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