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Mobilizing the World to End Violence Against Women

Monday, December 3, 2018
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Storrs Campus
Arjona 105

Please join us for a public talk with Vidya Sri and Lisa Shannon entitled: "Mobilizing the World to End Violence Against Women: The Campaign for an International Treaty" Despite a growing global outcry of “No!” to violence against women and girls, laws in the majority of countries say “Yes”. Vidya and Lisa will be talking about the work being done by the NGO they co-founded, Everywoman Treaty, in leading the international effort to create and implement a binding, standalone international treaty protecting women and girls from violence.

Monday, December 3, 2018 4:00pm Arjona 105, Storrs Campus

Vidya Sri is Co-Founder and President of Everywoman Treaty. She was a Human Rights Policy Fellow at the Carr Center, Harvard Kennedy School from 2013 – 2016. She leads the Initiative on Violence Against Women(VAW) which examines the legal and implementation gaps in the global framework on VAW with a specific interest in the potential for a binding norm on VAW. Vidya is the Founder of Gangashakti an organization that conducts research and raises awareness on Forced Marriage. Gangashakti provides technical assistance on forced marriage and delivers training to service providers. She is an Advisory Board member for a National Institute of Justice funded study on forced marriage in the United States conducted by the Urban Institute.

Lisa Shannon is Cofounder, CEO of Everywoman Treaty. Lisa is a women’s rights activist and scholar who has worked in women’s rights since 1991. Her first job out of college was in domestic violence shelters in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She has conducted field research on gender in India, Russia, Somalia, Iraq, Guatemala, Kenya, and Congo. She is known for initiating campaigns in the international women’s movement, including founding Run for Congo Women and cofounding the first sexual violence crisis center in Mogadishu, Somalia. She is the author of the award-winning A Thousand Sisters (Seal Press, 2010) and Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen (Public Affairs, 2015). Lisa was a Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights (2013–2014), and a Gleitsman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership (2012–2013) at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Georgetown University (2013).


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