In honor of the anniversary of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, Women’s Freedom Forum is holding a panel discussion to address the implications and consequences of violence against women and girls worldwide, and the history and advancements of the movement to stop violence against women. 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 to which women are subjected, will be on display in the Rayburn Building’s Foyer.
Confirmed Panelists include:
Professor Donna M. Hughes, Eleanor M. & Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair, Rhode Island University; Editor-in-Chief, Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation & Violence. Donna will discuss her research on human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women.
Mandy Sanghera, award winning philanthropist, community consultant & global campaigner as well has international human rights activist. In addition to her work supporting victims and survivors of honor-based violence and cultural abuse, such as FGM and forced marriages, Mandy will discuss her recent work with Me Too at the UN.
Soolmaz Abooali, a world champion and 12-time US National Champion in Traditional Karate. A conflict resolution scholar, published author, and lecturer, she will speak to how her experiences as a refugee helped her to become a champion. She will discuss sports as a means to empower women, as well as obstacles and solutions for Iranian female athletes toward this end.
Lynn Dykstra, Founder, Our Global Cry for Freedom; UN representative and civil society outreach director of Women’s Freedom Forum. Lynn will focus on the story of the Mirabel Sisters of the Dominican Republic and their sacrifices that led the United Nation’s to declare an official day for the elimination of violence against women.
Musical performance in memory of victims of violence against women by Christine Kharazian, a violinist and educator who is a versatile artist that is comfortable in many styles of music from classical to jazz.
Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018
Venue: United States House of Representatives, (Room To Be Announced)
Photo Exhibition venue: Foyer, First Floor, Rayburn House Office Building
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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”. #SDG5 #GenderEquality #ViolenceAgainstWomen #OrangetheWorld