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UNICEF President Caryl Stern To Speak At Westport Library

Caryl Stern, center, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
Caryl Stern, center, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will discuss the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on women and children in recognition of International Women's Day at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Westport Library's McManus Room.

The program is free.

Stern’s latest book, "I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children," will be available for purchase and signing.

Stern’s talk will focus on how human trafficking for the purposes of both sexual exploitation and forced labor victimizes millions of people worldwide, particularly women and children. She contends trafficking has become an even more significant threat as a consequence of current humanitarian disasters, including the flight of thousands of people from Syria.

She also will explain the actions UNICEF is taking to reduce factors that put children and families at risk of trafficking with the ultimate goal of combating the abusive practice.

Stern has spent more than 30 years in the nonprofit sector as a child advocate and civil rights activist. She is the president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, education and advocacy in the United States. Since joining the U.S. Fund in 2006, she has traveled to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF’s work to save and protect the most vulnerable children.

She has spearheaded the organization’s efforts to help UNICEF aid children affected by disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 East Africa drought and the current Ebola crisis.

For more information, phone 203-291-4800 or click here .

The Westport Library is at 20 Jesup Road.

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