The Role of Women Human Rights Defenders: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, September 20, at 12:00pm — Silverman 280

Women human rights defenders face increasingly grave threats in the defense of human rights. The rise of fundamentalisms, militarism and conflict aggravate those risks. While transnational networks of human rights defenders have become vital in raising international awareness and drawing attention to the issue, the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders adopted on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) does not raise the particular threats that women human rights defenders face.

The conversation between two of the world’s leading human rights defenders, Dr. Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2008-2014) and Hina Jilani, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on the situation of Human Rights Defenders (2000-2008) will focus on some of the most critical challenges of our time and the role of women human rights defenders in addressing those challenges.

The conversation will be moderated by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs.

Dr. Navi Pillay is a keynote speaker at the Grand Opening of the World House.

Program sponsored by:

International Programs, Perry World House, Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, BLSA, JIL, Department of Africana Studies, Center for Africana Studies, South Asia Center, International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

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