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United Voices Worldwide to Eliminate Violence Against Women 2018

  • Rayburn HOB Foyer (map)

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, an 11-time US National Champion, world medalist, and USA team member in Traditional Karate. A conflict resolution scholar, published author, and lecturer, she will talk about how her experience 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.

Moderated by:

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 history of violence against women in the Dominican Republic, and on the UN agenda to address this issue.

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
Time: 11:00
Venue: United States House of Representatives, (Room To Be Announced)

Photo Exhibition venue: Foyer, First Floor, Rayburn House Office Building