Webster University to Hold Women’s Rights Conference March 31-April 1

Webster University invites you to attend “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Education—Security—Economics,” a free conference to be held March 31 and April 1 in the Emerson Library Conference Room, 101 Edgar Road, Webster Groves, Mo.|

Details and online registration are available at webster.edu/humanrights.
Planned and coordinated by Webster University’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, the conference features a keynote address by Webster’s 2011 E. Desmond Lee Professor in Global Awareness Janaki Rajan, Ph.D., an Indian professor of education and advocate for the rights of women and children. Rajan will speak on women’s access to education. Other plenary addresses will be by Julie Mertus, J.D., a professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and Mary Anne Sedey, J.D., a principal with St. Louis law firm Sedey Harper P.C. who is nationally recognized as an employment attorney. Mertus will speak on women’s physical security; Sedey will speak on women’s economic rights.

After each plenary address, the audience will be asked to join one of three breakout sessions to discuss in detail an aspect of the talk. For example, after the physical security address, attendees can join sessions focusing on gender violence, human trafficking, or how to serve survivors of rape as a weapon of war.

Kelly-Kate Pease, director of the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, said the breakout sessions will be an important component of the women’s rights conference. “The conference allows the audience not only to hear from human rights experts, but also encourages participants to seek solutions to human rights problems by conversing and brainstorming with human rights advocates in the breakout sessions. Promoting and protecting human rights requires individual and collective action, and Webster University welcomes all voices—especially those of students, faculty, activists, and the St. Louis community.”

“Women’s Rights as Human Rights” will end with breakout summary reports and reflections on how the conference can serve as a catalyst for improving human rights as they relate to women.
In addition to the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, co-sponsors of “Women’s Rights as Human Rights” are the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in Global Awareness, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Harry J. Cargas Lecture, and United Nations Association of St. Louis Mary T. Hall fund.

For further information, contact conference coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Sausele, esausele98@webster.edu.

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