IWD 2009 Schedule of Events


8:00 – 9:00                  Registration


9:00 – 10:30                Welcome, Music and Keynote Presentation (Great Hall)


Cheryl Thomas, Director, Women’s Human Rights Program, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Barbara Frey, Director, Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota


Musical Performance: Barbara McAfee and Maryam Yusefzadeh


Keynote Presentation on Women and War: Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota Law School, and Fahima Vorgetts, Afghan Women’s Fund and Women for Afghan Women


10:45 – 12:00              Workshops – Session I (3rd floor)


  • A New Era for Reproductive Rights Here and Abroad – Mississippi Room
  • Minnesota Responds to Trafficking: The ANESEM Approach – President’s Room
  • The Proliferation of Small Arms and Women’s Human Rights – Room 303
  • Kids, Families, Raids: A Focused Discussion of Immigration Policy – Room 307/Board Room
  • The Complicated Web of Violence against Women and HIV/AIDS – Room 324
  • Sister Connections: Iraqi Women and U.S. Women – Room 325
  • From Nepal to Nicaragua: Empowering Women through Fair Trade in Handicrafts and Agriculture – Room 326


12:00 – 1:15                Lunch, Exhibits and Vendors

  • Sandwiches, wraps and other food available for purchase at Gopher Express
  • Join The Advocates’ Education Program in the dining area for an informal discussion of our new Women’s Rights Toolkit.

1:15 – 2:30                  Workshops – Session II (3rd floor)

  •  Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: Past, Present and Future – Mississippi Room
  • Women’s Activism in the Muslim World – President’s Room
  • Here’s Where We Start: How Men Can Help Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence – Room 303
  •  Addressing Financial Crisis and Creating Financial Health – Room 307/Board Room
  • ¡Ubícate! Engaging Young Latinas in Leadership – Room 324
  • Making Global Connections to Transform the Lives of Girls and Women – Room 325
  • Women’s Rights and the United Nations: An Interactive Global Debate – Room 326


2:45 – 3:30                  Closing Remarks and Film Screening (Great Hall)


Cheryl Thomas, Director, Women’s Human Rights Program, The Advocates for Human



Screening of “We Will Harbor You: The Battered Women’s Movement”, a 30-minute segment of the work-in-progress.  Producers, Kathleen Laughlin and Terri Hawthorne


A small group of Minnesota women inadvertently crack open the silence of a 6000-year- old issue: women beaten, with no recourse. WE WILL HARBOR YOU tells a story that arose with the women's movement and was fueled by a host of other social movements of the 60's and 70's. Giving voice to a secretive subject, they identify with battered women and struggle to temporarily house them. Shelters erupt almost simultaneously across the western world; the battered women and those who advocate for them become a powerful movement. The women's stories in this documentary engage the viewer with the challenges, philosophies and lessons of their collective work, and together provide a remarkable 35-year history of the changes they wrought.


Throughout the day:

  • Display and information tables from our co-sponsoring organizations
  • Visual arts exhibit: Art from the Center for Victims of Torture’s “Between Worlds” exhibit, and Iraqi women’s and children’s art from the Iraqi American Reconciliation Project (3rd floor)
  • Arts and crafts vendors


Film Screenings

All films will be shown in Room 323 with brief discussion following.


10:45   Women on the Frontline: Mauritania

11:20   Women on the Frontline: Colombia

11:55   Women on the Frontline: Democratic Republic of Congo

12:30   Women on the Frontline: Turkey

  1:05   Sisters on the Planet (Oxfam America)

  1:45   Women on the Frontline: Morocco