March 7, 2003
to Discuss Women's Health at Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marti Hobbes, firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.--Thoraya Ahmed Obaid,
undersecretary-general of the United Nations and executive director
of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), will be at Smith College at
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, to give a talk, titled "Saving
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place
in Neilson Library Browsing Room.
The first Saudi national to head a United Nations agency, Obaid
has spent most of her 28-year career in the United Nations helping
governments establish programs to empower women.
As UNFPA executive director, Obaid heads the largest multilateral
source of population assistance. Since 1969, the Fund has provided
close to $6 billion to developing countries to meet reproductive
health needs and support sustainable development issues.
Obaid's talk at Smith is sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter
of the Population Committee of the Sierra Club and by other groups,
including the Smith College Project on Women and Social Change,
Tapestry Health Systems and Earth Action.
For more information on the event, call Anita King at (413) 268-9212.