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Human Rights Lunch Talk: Moving Against the Current: Case Studies in Furthering Gender Equality in Challenging Spaces

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105
Nov 19
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 @ 12:10pm to 1:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105


  • Ruth Kissam, Director of Operations, Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation; 2019 Columbia University Obama Foundation Scholar
  • Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director, Women Peace Network; Founder, Yangon Youth Leadership Center (Myanmar); 2019 Columbia University Obama Foundation Scholar

Moderator: Gulika Reddy, Clinical Teaching Fellow, Columbia Law School.

While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality, advancing women's rights continues to be a challenge in many countries. Join us for a discussion with leaders in the gender equality space from Myanmar and Papua New Guinea about strategies they've effectively used to achieve justice, and challenges and opportunities that lay ahead.

Ruth Julie Kissam is a community organizer and a human rights activist focused on ending Sorcery Accusation Related Violence (SRV) and protecting the rights of women and girls in Papua New Guinea. Kissam led a multi-year national campaign designed to change thinking and cultural attitudes about women in her country.

Wai Wai Nu emerged from seven years as a political prisoner to become a human rights advocate and the founder of the Women Peace Network, an initiative designed to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s ethnic communities, empower and advocate for the rights of marginalized women, and improve the human rights situation of the Rohingya people.

This event is co-sponsored by Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute; the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University, a program of Columbia World Projects; Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Rightslink; and the Human Rights Working Group at Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs.

All are welcome and lunch will be provided.