Monday, November 14, 2011

Go On! Amnesty International's Women's Human Rights Forum

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

Amnesty International USA along with the Embrey Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation will co-host "The XX Factor: Advance Women's Rights. Change the World" this Thursday, November 17 from 10:00am to 3:30 pm at the Ford Foundation in New York City. The all-day forum will feature inter alia, panels on pressing issues such as the role of women in post-conflict societies, especially in the context of recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, and sexual and reproductive rights.
The XX Factor Forum hopes to connect participants with issue experts, leaders in the field, and front line activists who risk their lives daily in defense of women's rights. The Forum will address questions such as: how can a human rights based approach complement the work that is being done domestically and globally to end violence against women? Are there best practices where international human rights law and norms have furthered the work of implementing change on the national and municipal levels?
Confirmed panelists include:
  • Widney Brown, Senior Director of International Law and Policy, Amnesty International
  • Sarah Mendelson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Christy Turlington Burns, Director/Producer of No Woman, No Cry and Founder of Every Mother Counts
  • Sarah Deer, Native women's advocate and member of Amnesty International's Native American and Alaska Native Advisory Council
Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and the Executive Director of UN Women will be the opening keynote speaker. Closing keynote remarks will be given by acclaimed documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and scholar Abigail Disney.
The event will be LiveStream broadcast here. Viewers can also submit questions via LiveStream or Twitter #xxfactor.
Space is limited, so please RSVP here.

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