An advocate for women and farm workers is speaking at the University of Iowa as part of a weeklong conference on world feminism. Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers in the 1960s with Cesar Chavez. Despite progress, Huerta says women are suffering around the globe.In recent years, Huerta says 270 young women have been confirmed murdered in Mexico, including girls as young as 12-years-old. She says more than 400 women are still reported missing who may never be found.In 1998, Huerta was named one of Ms. Magazine’s three “Women of the Year” in recognition of her efforts in organizing farm workers, migrants and grassroots political campaigns. In Iowa City on Wednesday, Huerta said she’s trying to raise awareness among Midwesterners to look beyond our borders to see oppression elsewhere.The Women’s Resource and Action Center at The University of Iowa is presenting “Global Feminism: Activism, Art and Alternatives” through Saturday. The event is part of the Center’s 30th anniversary celebration.
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