Uniting Voices Worldwide to Eliminate Violence Against Women 2019

For over two decades, Women’s Freedom Forum continues to play an instrumental and effective role in research and education for women’s leadership. Join us in this exhibition and be part of a global movement of women-led change.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

It is a major obstacle to the fulfillment of women’s and girls’ human rights and to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It occurs worldwide, cutting across all generations, nationalities, communities and spheres of our societies, irrespective of age, ethnicity, disability or other background.

In honor of the anniversary of the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, Women’s Freedom Forum is holding its 9th annual Congressional photo exhibition event 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.

Confirmed Speakers 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. Her work includes supporting victims and survivors of honor-based violence and cultural abuse, such as FGM and forced marriages.

Professor Soolmaz Abooali, a world champion and 12-time US National Champion in Traditional Karate. A conflict resolution scholar, published author, and lecturer.


Lynn Dykstra, Founder, Our Global Cry for Freedom; UN representative and civil society outreach director of Women’s Freedom Forum.

Speakers joining will also include Members of Congress who will address equal participation in political leadership and women’s empowerment.

Solidarity Messages by:

 Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Republican from Missouri, member of the House Armed Services Committee




Congresswoman Dina Titus, Democrat from Nevada, member of the House Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committee




Congresswoman Grace Meng, Democrat from New York, member of the House Appropriations and Ethics Committee




Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, Democrat from New Hampshire, member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee



Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 11:00
Venue: United States House of Representatives

Photo Exhibition venue: Gold Room, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building

International finger food will be served. 

Download WFF Fact sheet on “Statistics of Violence Against Women

Eventbrite RSVP link 

For further information please contact: rsvp@womenfreedomforum.com 

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