March 10 Event: Rethinking Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

February 13, 2015


Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Rethinking Human Rights:
Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century

Presented by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and the Gender Studies Program at The New School
Co-sponsored by Global Studies at the New School for Public Engagement

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Join us for the premiere of WLP’s new documentary film, Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey, on advancing human rights in the 21st century. In the film, leading experts and activists from across the globe examine how the communications revolution and international emphasis on “hard security” have impacted human rights in the past fifteen years. The film calls for a holistic understanding of universal human rights, examines the links between women’s human rights and political, social, economic and environmental rights, and stresses the importance of focusing on human rights in national and international policy discourse.

Following the film screening, experts and practitioners from around the world will discuss effective strategies for human rights advocacy under these new conditions. Panelists will explore the current 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.

Welcome by Terri Gordon (U.S.), Director, Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, The New School

Introductory remarks by Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/U.S.), President and Founder of WLP and former Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and Minister for Women’s Affairs

Panelists include:

Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon): Senior Advisor for International Partnerships, WLP International, and Executive Director, Collective for Research and Training on Development-Action (CRTD-A)

Abena Busia (Ghana/U.S.): Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, and Member, Executive Board of the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University.

Yakin Ertürk (Turkey): Former member of the Council of Europe: Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT), and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Rabéa Naciri (Morocco): Founding member, the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), and Member of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco

A welcome reception will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by the main event at 6:30 PM.
Free admission and open to the public.



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