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Women's Human Rights Speaker Series

The Women's Human Rights Speaker Series

From November 2001 through December 2003, Minnesota Advocates partnered with Briggs and Morgan law firm to present a lunchtime lecture series dedicated to improving awareness of women's human rights issues. The speaker series, free and open to the public, took place the first Thursday of every month at Briggs and Morgan, PA, 2400 IDS Center, in Minneapolis.  We are grateful to Briggs and Morgan for their continued support of the Women's Human Rights Program at Minnesota Advocates. 

Speakers and topics featured in this series were:

December 4, 2003

Mainstreaming Gender: Advocating for Women's Rights in the International Criminal Court

Barbara Frey

Director, Human Rights Program, Institute for Global Studies, University of Minnesota


November 6, 2003

Women's Rights, Healthcare and Health Policy

Linda Berglin

State Senator, Chair of the Senate Health, Human Services and Corrections Budget Division


October 2, 2003

The Problematic Features of Western Institutions

Ellen Pence

Director, Praxis International


September 4, 2003

Contributions and Challenges of Professional Muslim Women

Zarina Baber, Information Technology professional and master's candidate, UST

Taslima Khaled, Community Faculty and Academic Advisor, Metropolitan State University


July 10, 2003

Ecofeminism: The New International Women's (Rights) Movement

Karen J. Warren

Professor of Philosophy, Macalester College


June 5, 2003

Women, HIV, AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines

Susan Craddock

Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

University of Minnesota


May 1, 2003

Trafficking of Women and Girls:

A Growing International Crisis

Robin Phillips, Executive Director, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Loan Huynh, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.


April 3, 2003

The Tensions Between Women's Rights and

Multiculturalism in Peru.

Ann Towns, University of Minnesota


March 6, 2003

Engendering Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:

Women and the United Nations Human Rights System

Kasia Polanska, International Women's Rights Action Watch


February 6, 2003

Where are the Women Judges?

An International Perspective and England as a Case Study

Professor Sally Kinney

Director, Center on Women and Public Policy

Hubert Humphrey Center for Public Affairs


November 7, 2002

Honor Killings: An International and Local Perspective

Cheryl A. Thomas

Director, Women's Human Rights Program

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights


September 5, 2002

Women's Health and Human Rights Issues in Africa

Nadifa Osman

Community Coordinator, Refugee Population Study

University of Minnesota


August 1, 2002

Women and Economic Justice: An International Perspective

Kathleen Graham

Attorney and International Consultant


July 11, 2002

Human Rights in the Courts: Legal Reform in Domestic Violence Cases

Loretta Frederick

Legal Counsel

Battered Women's Justice Project


June 6, 2002

Bringing Women's International Human Rights Home

Aviva Breen

Former Director

Legislative Commission on the Economic Status of Women


May 2, 2002

Gender Based Asylum in the New Millennium

Amy Schroeder-Ireland

Staff Attorney, Immigrant and Refugee Program

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights


April 4, 2002

Women and the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Treaty

Marsha Freeman

Director, International Women's Rights Action Watch


March 7, 2002

Human Rights of the Girl Child:  Law and Policy

Elisabeth Duban

Attorney, Women's Human Rights Program

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights


February 7, 2002

Domestic Violence and Human Rights: An Introduction

The Honorable Mary Lou Klas

Retired District Court Judge,

Ramsey County


January 3, 2002

Women's Human Rights Law: An Introduction

Robin Phillips

Executive Director

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights


December 6, 2001

A History of Women's Human Rights Advocacy

Arvonne Fraser

Senior Fellow Emerita

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota


November 1, 2001

Incorporating Women's Rights into U.S. Foreign Policy

Kathryn Sikkink

Arleen Carlson Professor of Political Science

University of Minnesota