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Africa expert to discuss gender-based violence

April 05, 2011 12:00AM

Maggie Fleming, the Africa advocacy officer for the International Rescue Committee, based in Washington, D.C., will present a program on "Gender-Based Violence," at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 8, in the Governor's Room of Pittsburg State University's Overman Student Center. Fleming is a 2001 graduate of PSU, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication. She also holds an MSc degree in African studies from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland).

Fleming is the representative on Africa for the IRC to the U.S. government, international organizations and other non-governmental organizations. Her responsibilities include monitoring legislation and policy developments concerning Africa, coordinating with the IRC's field teams and promoting the IRC's positions and humanitarian principles.

Prior to joining the IRC, Fleming served for two years in then-senator Sam Brownback's office, where she covered human rights, humanitarian aid, global health, trafficking and religious freedom issues on Capitol Hill. Previous to that, Fleming served for several years with the Peace Corps in Akaba, Togo, and with various NGOs working in Africa, including the Swiss-based Medair.

Fleming's visit is sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Department of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences. A reception in the Heritage Room will follow Fleming's talk.

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