Monday, December 28, 2009

Guest Blogger: Mona Paré

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Dr. Mona Paré (left) as today's guest blogger.
In 2007, Mona joined the faculty in the Civil Law Section at the University of Ottawa, Canada, as an Assistant Professor, teaching, in French, courses on public international law, human rights, children's rights, and international law respecting equality and discrimination. She has published and presented on these subjects in English as well as French.
Mona is a founding member of the Laboratoire de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les droits de l'enfant, a children's rights research unit affiliated with Ottawa's faculty of law. Before entering academia Mona had worked for human rights and children's rights organizations in Asia and Europe. She also was a member of the United Nations' disability programme team during the negotiations leading to the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the subject of her guest post below.
Holder of a Ph.D. from the University of London, Mona also earned a Diplôme d’études Supérieures en relations internationales from the Institut de hautes études internationales in Geneva, as well as 2 law degrees from Université Aix-Marseille in France.
Mona dedicates her guest post to Eglantyne Jebb (below right). Born in Shropshire, England, in 1876, Jebb helped her mother, a social worker, as a child, and so began a career aiding children in need. She taught children who lived in England's slums and helped children who'd survived war in Macedonia. Jebb was the founder in 1919 of the International Save the Children Union and author of the 1st international Declaration on the Rights of the Child. The League of Nations adopted that Geneva Declaration in 1924. Four years later Jebb died, at age 52. But her declaration inspired a movement that continues to this day, as evidenced by the United Nations' adoption in 1959 of the Declaration on the Rights of of the Child, and in 1989 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Today Jebb joins IntLawGrrls' other foremothers on the list just below our "visiting from..." map at right.

Heartfelt welcome!

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