2010-2011: Women's Rights as Human Rights
The 2010-2011 Year of International Human Rights theme was Women's Rights as Human
Rights. Throughout the year, students learned about women's issues – including trafficking,
access to health care, and education – through the common reading of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Webster University welcomed Sheryl WuDunn
to its Saint Louis campus for a public lecture on September 13,2010, to allow students
and members of the community to address their questions about the book directly to
Women's rights were also the focus of a number of art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, coffeehouse discussions, and activism events.
Highlights of the 2010-2011 year included:
Tuesdays in September: Year of International Human Rights Film Festival, featuring films like After the Rape (pictured)
Sept. 13, 2010: Webster University welcomed Pulitzer prize winner Sheryl WuDunn to its Saint Louis campus for a public lecture on September 13,2010, to allow students and members of the community to address their questions about her book, Half the Sky.
Oct. 12, 2010: Congressman Russ Carnahan speaks on global women's rights
Nov. 10, 2010: LaVena Johnson: The Silent Truth premieres in Webster's Winnie Moore Auditorium, followed by a panel discussion with Col.
(Ret.) Ann Wright, Joan Brooker-Marks, and Dr. John Johnson.
Dec. 8, 2010: Letters & Cake: Webster's Amnesty International Chapter serves birthday cake and copies of the Universal Declaration of HUman Rights commemorating the declaration's birthday. Students were invited to write letters on behalf of human rights victims at the event.
Jan. 21, 2011: "Real Beauty," an exhibit of handmade fabric dolls that focuses on conceptions of feminine beauty, opened on Jan. 21 in Hunt Gallery. The exhibit was co-sponsored by the Department of Art, Design, and Art History and YIHR.
The Women's Rights conference (March 31 and April 1, 2011) linked international human rights to local human rights work. The conference was organized around three of the principal challenges facing women seeking to realize their internationally recognized human rights: access to education, physical security, and economic hardship. The keynote address, given by E. Desmond Lee Professor of Global Awareness Dr. Janaki Rajan, was webcast globally. Over 175 people attended locally and more than 75 participated internationally via the global webcast (made possible by Dr. Roy Tamashiro, Ph.D., the Global Forum, and the interactive media staff in the Office of Marketing). The conference brought together students, faculty, staff, and members from the local and global community for solutions-based sessions to demonstrate that everyone can play a role in protecting and promoting human rights, even in their own backyard.
Explore our Conference Reflections for more on the people and ideas brought together by the conference.