Human Rights are Women's Rights

This Thursday and Friday the UMKC Women’s Center is proud to be working with the Kansas City-based Center for Global and Multicultural Education to co-organize the 2010 Activism for Human Rights Conference: From Issues to Action. The conference’s featured speakers are Barclay Martin, music director/composer for the Kansas City-based Christian Foundation for Children & Aging’s documentary Zamboanga: Poverty, War, Music; Elizabeth Alex, lead anchor at KSHB-TV; and Jolie Justus, Missouri State Senator, 10th District; there will also be panels and sessions featuring local activists working to promote human rights locally and globally (for a complete schedule, click here).

One question I keep hearing from people is “why is the Women’s Center involved with this conference?” My answer is because as Hillary Clinton famously declared at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995: “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.” Below is a video clip from that speech. Watch it and plan to join us this Thursday and Friday (October 14-15) to help ensure that women’s rights are a part of human rights.


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