Panel Discussion and Photo Exhibition
On the anniversary of International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, Women’s Freedom Forum will hold a panel discussion to address the implications and consequences of violence against women and girls in countries most affected with conflict in the Middle East, including Syria and Iran. The panelists will also speak about women’s empowerment, and equal participation in political leadership.
A photo exhibition, depicting the systematic and inhuman punishments and discrimination against women will also be on display at the Rayburn building’s Foyer.
Panel Speakers include:
Professor Donna M. Hughes, Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair, Rhode Island University, Editor-in-Chief, Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation & Violence
Mandy Sanghera, award winning philanthropist, community consultant & global campaigner as well has an international human rights activist from UK, supporting victims and survivors of honour based violence and cultural abuse such as FGM and forced marriages.
Frances J Belisle, JD – PhD Candidate, Diplomacy and International Affairs, EUCLID University, United Nations. Former United States Foreign Service Officer in Algeria, Turkey and Canada.
Rafif Jouejati, Spokesperson, Syrian Women’s Political Movement; and the Director, Foundation to Restore Education and Equality in Syria (FREE-Syria), among other roles in many Syrian civil society organizations.
Khawla Wakkaf, L.L.M., Syrian attorney and Legal Fellow at Women Enabled International, Inc.
Date: Monday, November 20, 2017
Time: 11:00 – 2:00PM
Venue: United States House of Representatives,
Gold Room 2168, First Floor, Rayburn House Office Building
Women’s Freedom Forum’s 15 days of activism against gender-based violence (from November 25 to December 10) in line with the UN’s global mobilization highlighting Sustainable Development Goal 5, “gender equality”.