Written by Christopher Herman
Willimantic, Conn: Jane Roberts, well-known activist, author and co-founder of the 34 Million Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University from 3 - 4 p. m. on Oct. 12 in the Women's Center, located in the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing of the Student Center. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Roberts has dedicated her life to women's access to education, health and human rights. Her work deals with teaching reproductive health, family planning, surviving childbirth, prevention of STDs, avoiding HIV/AIDS and the prevention of gender-based violence. The fund, co-founded by activist Lois Abraham, is a grassroots movement that has supported health initiatives since 2002. The group was created in response to the Bush administration withholding the $34 million that was always given to the UNFPA. The project asks Americans to donate $1 to the organization, which goes to UNFPA.
In 2005, Roberts and Abraham were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in international human rights. Roberts has also published a book, "34 Million Friends: Of the Women of the World," which gives details on Roberts and Abraham's mission to achieve social justice for women. The book is available at www.34millionfriends.org and www.Amazon.com.