3:00-7:30 PM, March 19, 2014
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at The New School 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
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Since 2001 there has been a marginalization of human rights at multiple levels of governance, from local to global. Post 9/11, the 1990s trend toward more robust language and policies grounded in the human rights framework gave way to an international emphasis on “hard security.” A decade later, we are witnessing the inadequacy of military-centered security to promote peace or guarantee individual safety or national security. Today, there is a need for greater attention to the status of universal human rights and the effects of rapidly evolving technological, political, and economic conditions on the lives, rights, and freedoms of populations around the world. On March 19, during the meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Learning Partnership and The New School will convene leaders from across the globe to discuss the present state of human rights and the measures needed to strengthen the human rights movement as a foundation for human security and the development of peaceful and democratic societies.