Françoise Girard, president of the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), speaks on “Sex in the Time of Zika: Reproductive Rights and Women's Health in a World in Turmoil,” Thursday, April 7, 4 p.m., UCLA Law, Room 1457. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is given in honor of International Women’s Day.

Girard is a longtime advocate and expert on women’s health, human rights, sexuality, and HIV and AIDS. Prior to becoming president of the IWHC, she served as director of the Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations, where she was also a regional director for central and aastern Europe and Haiti. From 1999 to 2003, she was senior program officer for International Policy at IWHC, and thereafter a consultant for IWHC, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and DAWN, a network of women’s rights activists from the global South.

Girard has played a key role in advocacy on reproductive health and women’s rights with UN agencies and at UN Conferences, and was the chair of the Leadership Programme Committee of the 2010 International AIDS Conference. She currently serves on the Civil Society External Advisory Panel of the UN Population Fund, and on the Advisory Committee of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the UCLA International Institute, Center for World Health, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Iris Cantor/UCLA Women's Health Center and International and Comparative Law Program at the UCLA School of Law. RSVP to sanderson@international.ucla.edu