Gender Equality, Human Rights, International Law Perry World House to hold event celebrating the contemporary women's rights movement

March 1, 2022
By Haley Nguyen | The Daily Pennsylvanian

Perry World House will hold an event celebrating the contemporary women’s human rights movement to kick off Women's History Month.

Perry World House Executive Director LaShawn R. Jefferson will moderate the event — titled Global Justice: The Struggle for Women’s Human Rights — which will take place at Perry World House on March 1 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with a virtual viewing option also available. Penn Law School Associate Dean of International Affairs Rangita de Silva de Alwis will speak about the ongoing fight for universal women’s rights. 

During the event, professor de Silva de Alwis — who also holds positions in Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security and Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program — said she hopes to redefine the women’s rights movement as not just a gender issue but also a human rights issue.

"[Women’s rights] are connected to the right to life, the right to freedom of expression, the right to political participation, the right to property and inheritance, the right to freedom and liberty, the right to equality in the family, the right to decision making in public and private life, the right to education, the right to health, the right to access to justice, and the right to live free from violence," de Silva de Alwis said.

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