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Latin American Studies series concludes April 22 with Witness for Peace speaker

April 12, 2013

WitnessForPeaceEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Latin American Studies Spring Forum Series will conclude with a presentation by Witness for Peace speaker Sohely Rua Castañeda from 3-4 p.m. April 22 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center.

The title of the presentation is "The Price of Privatization and the Trade-offs of Free Trade: Labor Violations in Colombia on the One Year Anniversary of the Free Trade Agreement."

LASlogoA voice from the labor sector in the deadliest country in the world for trade unionists is especially significant on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. The agreement is particularly harmful to women, who remain among the most vulnerable groups in Colombia's labor sector, facing lower wages, discrimination and largely informal employment that provides no protections or benefits.

Castañeda is the secretary of women and labor for Colombia's National Union School. She has written extensively about women's labor rights, employment in the informal sector and the feminization of poverty. She holds a master's degree in education and human rights from the University of Manizales.

The event is free and open to the public.

The LAS Spring Forum Series is sponsored by the Latin American Studies program and the Blugold Commitment.

For more information, contact Dr. Analisa De Grave, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies program director, at degrave@uwec.edu or 715-836-4546.

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