Cultural Relativism vs. Human Rights: Women’s Global Issues, A Conference at Bryn Mawr College

Posted September 9th, 2009 at 12:09 pm.


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Event: Cultural Relativism vs. Human Rights: Women’s Global Issues, A Conference at Bryn Mawr College When: Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th, 2009 Where: Wyndham Alumnae House, Bryn Mawr College

This conference will be free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Margaret Kelly at

Friday March 27th, 2009

Keynote Address 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Christine Koggel, Bower Carty Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs, Director, Centre on Values and Ethics (COVE), Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, “Human Rights Through the Lens of Feminist Relational Theory”

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Economic, Political, and Legal Issues 9:00 am – 10:45 am

Claire Robertson, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Ohio State University, “Trade as a Basis for Women’s Rights: Empowerment of Women”

Manisha Desai, Chair of Women’s Studies Program, University of Connecticut, “New Directions in Women’s Human Rights Activism: Notes from the Field”

Deborah Harrold, Lecturer in Political Science, Bryn Mawr College, “Algeria, Women and World of Work”

Jenna Mulhall-Brereton, (BMC ’96) Communications/Marketing Intern, Pro Mujer International, “Engendering Change: Microfinance and Women’s Empowerment in the Peruvian Andes”

Gender, Sexuality, and Reproductive Rights 11:15 am – 12:45 pm

William Ryerson, Director of Population Media Center, Shelburne, Vermont, “Working for Social Change within Cultural Contexts: Role Modeling Women’s Rights through Melodramas”

Gina Velasco, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology Department and Gender and Sexuality Program, Bryn Mawr College, “Representing the ‘Exploited Filipina Body:’ The Traffic in Women and the Politics of Solidarity in the Filipino Diaspora

Lazaro Lima, Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Bryn Mawr College, “’The Pill’ in Puerto Rico: Biopower and the Reproduction of Empire”

Lunch and Keynote Address 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm (Buffet Lunch will be served at minimal charge. Pre-registration is required)

Shiva Balaghi, Vice President of the American Institute of Iranian Studies, “Men of God, Women of Allah: Gender and Islam in Contemporary Iranian Art”

Adolescent Girls: A Global Snapshot 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Maya Ajmera, Founder and President, Global Fund for Children, “Challenges Facing Adolescent Grils: Cultural Practices Around the World”

Panel of Bryn Mawr Students from Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America

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