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Human Rights Activist and Former Political Prisoner to Speak November 13 (Released: October 30, 2002)

By Alison Thompson, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Human rights activist and former Filipino political prisoner Ninotchka Rosca will speak at the University of Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 in the Homer Babbidge Library's Culpeper Video Theater 2. The event is free and open to the public.

Rosca was a political prisoner under the Marcos regime in the Philippines. She was forced into exile when threatened with a second arrest.

Rosca was a founder and the first national chair of the GABRIELA Network, an organization established to support women trapped in exploitative situations in the United States. and elsewhere. The Network, which is the U.S. affiliate of GABRIELA - the Philippines' largest women's alliance - provides information and referrals for Filipinas who find themselves in abusive situations in the U.S. Rosca is now on the group's board of directors. Rosca, who is particularly concerned with women's rights focusing on the issues of sex tourism, trafficking and the mail-order bride industry, and violence against women, was also active in planning the U.N. Conference on Women in 1995.

Rosca is also the author of five books. Her novel Twice Blessed won the 1993 American Book Award for excellence in literature. She is also a two-time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and is a frequent contributor to publications such as Ms. Magazine, The Nation and The Village Voice.

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