Human Rights Events

From Challengers to Partners? Relations Between Human Rights NGOs and their Home Governments from the 1970s on

January 30, 2013 // 12:00pm12:45pm
History and Public Policy Program
The concept of human rights acquired global significance during the 1970s, spurred by the activities of a growing number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to state repression in Chile, South Africa, the Warsaw Pact states, and elsewhere. Key interlocutors for NGOs like Amnesty International and Helsinki Watch were their home governments, whom they influenced through a combination of public campaigning and private lobbying. Crucially, it seems that during this period human rights NGOs experienced a trajectory from ‘outsider’ to ‘insider’ status. Does this mean that they paid a costly price for their newfound influence, namely abandoning their original ‘apolitical’ appeal and becoming less impartial and independent? Or should we understand this to be their success in transforming the character of international politics?

Politics, Religion, and Society in Latin America

January 16, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Book Launch: Politics, Religion, and Society in Latin America
Webcast

Tapping the Potential of Displaced Youth in Urban Settings

December 13, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
“When young people claim their right to education and health – including sexual and reproductive health – they increase their opportunities to become a powerful force for economic development and positive change,” said Nicole Gaertner, of UN Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State, quoting Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the Wilson Center.
Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, JD
Webcast

Brown Bag: International Disasters Charter: Introduction, Initial Issues and Experiences

November 30, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Science and Technology Innovation Program
The International Disasters Charter provides for the voluntary sharing of satellite imagery in the event of major disasters. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, JD, will address the contents, structure, and status of the Charter, and highlight its strengths and weaknesses with a focus on how it could develop in the future. She also will discuss data access and sharing issues. This event is co-hosted by the Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center, Women in Aerospace, and the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi School of Law.

The Life of a Vilna Ghetto Rescuer: Reading, Writing, Remembering

November 26, 2012 // 2:30pm3:30pm
Global Europe Program
Julija Šukys, author of Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė, carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of the life of Ona Šimaitė. Šimaitė, a librarian at Vilnius University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna Ghetto.

Women Leading a Progressive Interpretation of the Shariah Law: Case Studies from Musawah (A Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family)

November 19, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Zainah Anwar of Stanford University, introduced by Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Combating Barriers and Expanding Opportunities for Women in Public Service in India

October 26, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Global Women's Leadership Initiative
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, in conversation with Ms.Indira Jaising, Assistant Solicitor General of India

[POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE] Regional Educational Politics in Russia 20 Years after the Collapse of the USSR

October 23, 2012 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
NOTE: This event has been postponed until further notice. || Alexandr Rusakov, Rector, Yaroslavl State University; Igor Kiselev, Professor and Chair of Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Yaroslavl State University, and former Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar
photo by Mona Youssef
Webcast

When America Leaves: Protecting Women and Girls in Afghanistan through Education

October 19, 2012 // 9:00am10:00am
Middle East Program
Sherjan talks about her decades of work ensuring the education of women and girls in Afghanistan, including under the Taliban regime when she ran underground schools. She also discusses the serious challenges that remain in educating women and girls and explains how Americans can protect their investment in the country by continuing to advance educational opportunities for all Afghans.
Webcast

Improving Citizen Security in Central America: Options for Responding to Youth Violence

October 18, 2012 // 9:00am12:00pm
Latin American Program
The Wilson Center and the Andean Development Corporation are co-sponsoring a discussion on addressing citizen security and youth violence in Latin America.

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