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Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar st. (at Elgin)
12:00pm

The Unfinished Revolution: The Global Fight for Women’s Rights with Minky Worden

Hosted by Julie Jacobson

The Unfinished Revolution: The Global Fight for Women’s Rights with Minky Worden

Hosted by Julie Jacobson
29
Monday
Oct
2012
12:00pm
Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar st. (at Elgin)
Minky Worden

Minky Worden , Director of Global Initiatives for Human Rights Watch, has assembled more than 30 writers – Nobel Prize laureates, leading activists, top policymakers, and former victims – to contribute to The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights. Drawing from their rich personal experiences, they tackle some of the toughest questions and offer bold new approaches to problems affecting hundreds of millions of women.

 

Join us for an essential overview of the global struggle to secure basic rights for women and girls, including in the Middle East where the Arab Spring raised high hopes but the political revolutions are so far insufficient to guarantee progress. Around the world, women and girls are trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery, trapped in conflict zones where rape is a weapon of war, prevented from attending school, and kept from making deeply personal choices in their private lives, such as whom and when to marry. In many countries, women are second-class citizens by law. In others, religion and traditions block freedoms, such as the right to work, study or access health care. Even in the West, women who are victims of sexual violence often do not see their attackers brought to justice.

 

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