2010-2011 YIHR

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 healthcare, and education – through the common reading of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, major speakers, and the Institute's annual human rights conference.

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 its author.

Women's rights were the focus of a number of art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, coffeehouse discussions, and activism events.

Later in the year, the annual human rights conference focused on women's rights. The "Women's Rights as Human Rights" conference 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 opening and the keynote address, by E. Desmond Lee Professor of Global Awareness Dr. Janaki Rajan, was webcast globally and Webster students around the world can chat live with each other and submit questions. 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.



2010-2011 Highlights

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 healthcare, and education – through the common reading of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, major speakers, and the Institute's annual human rights conference.

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Congressman Russ Carnahan speaks on global women's rights on Oct. 12.
"After the Rape," a documentary in the Tuesdays in September Women's Rights Film Series

 



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 its author.




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Author Sheryl WuDunn listens to comments by international human rights junior Kris Parsons at a reception following WuDunn's Sept. 13 talk. Rene Murph, Multicultural Center & International Student Affairs department associate, stands center
Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize winner and co-author of YIHR common reading "Half the Sky, speaks at the Loretto-Hilton Center on Sept. 13.











Women's rights were the focus of a number of art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, coffeehouse discussions, and activism events. Later in the year, the annual human rights conference focused on women's rights. The "Women's Rights as Human Rights" conference 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 opening and the keynote address, by E. Desmond Lee Professor of Global Awareness Dr. Janaki Rajan, was webcast globally and Webster students around the world can chat live with each other and submit questions. 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.

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Senior Becky Smith, co-president of the Webster University Amnesty International chapter, serves Universal Declaration of Human Rights birthday cake to sophomore Hanan Rahman during the YIHR "Letters and Cake" event on Dec. 8.
"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.

















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Col. (Ret.) Ann Wright, Joan Brooker-Marks, and Dr. John Johnson listen to an audience member's comment after the Nov. 10 premiere of "The Silent Truth."
A rapt Moore Auditorium audience watches the premiere of "LaVena Johnson: The Silent Truth."