Human Rights & 21st Century Challenges: 20+ Years After the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

Speakers Include (in alphabetical order):

 

Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action (CRTD-A)

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs.

Radhika Balakrishnan (USA) Executive Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Yakın Ertürk (Turkey)  President, Asylum and Migration Research Center, former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Asma Khader (Jordan),Senator in the Parliament of Jordan,  prominent human rights lawyer, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women

Gay J. McDougall (USA) Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues

Naeem Mirza (Pakistan) Chief Operating Officer, Aurat Foundation

Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil) Founder and President, Cepia, and former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Brazil

Renzo Pomi (Uruguay/USA) Representative at the United Nations for Amnesty International

Ken Roth (USA) Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Miriam Ticktin (USA)  Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Gender Studies, The New School

 

AGENDA:

3:00 PM                              Intro:
Miriam Ticktin (USA)Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies Department Chair, The New School

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs

3:15 PM                               Panel One: Current challenges and the future of human rights
Given the current environment where competing paradigms such as national security, neo-liberalism, cultural relativism infringe on the applicability of universal norms, how can momentum for human rights be revitalized at the international and national levels?

Radhika Balakrishnan (USA) Executive Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Yakın Ertürk (Turkey) President, Asylum and Migration Research Center, and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women 

Renzo Pomi (Uruguary/USA) Representative to the United Nations for Amnesty International

Gay J. McDougall (USA) Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues

 

4:45 PM                              Coffee Break
 

5:05 PM                              Keynote Conversation:

Ken Roth (USA) Executive Director, Human Rights Watch 

5:20 PM                              Panel Two: Making human rights locally relevant
This panel identifies the gap between universal rights and local realities and explores possible theoretical and practical approaches to bridge the gap between the two.

Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) Executive Director, Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action

Asma Khader (Jordan)Senator in the Parliament of Jordan, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women

Naeem Mirza (Pakistan) Chief Operating Officer, Aurat Foundation

Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil)Founder and President, Cepia, and former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Brazil

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