International Feminism, Human Rights, and the Women's Studies Curriculum


New England Women’s Studies Association Spring Conference

Boston, MA —At a time when U.S. relations with the international community and the United Nations are strained, it is important for human rights activists to strengthen their global ties. A conference designed to empower women’s studies practitioners and advocates to apply an international human rights approach to social problems affecting women, the 2003 New England Women’s Studies Association Conference will be held on March 29, 2003, from 9:30 A.M.– 4:30 P.M. at Suffolk University Law School, David J. Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

Women’s studies faculty, students, and advocates need strategies for strengthening women's international relationships and alliances. Globally, women increasingly frame struggles for equity and advancement in human rights language, and women’s organizations promote the rule of international law in ordering international relations. With a refreshed understanding of the human rights paradigm, these approaches can be applied to national women's issues and change pedagogical approaches.

Annanya Battacharjee will deliver the Keynote Address, "From Civil Liberties to Global Democracy: Responsible Feminist Citizenship in a Changing World Order." Krishanti Dharmaraj of WILD for Human Rights will present a plenary on "Implementing Human Rights in a Post 9/11 U.S." In addition to a pedagogy speak-out, sessions will be held on women's health and bodily integrity, civil society and political participation, and development and distributive justice. Opportunities for networking are available prior to and following the conference.

Amy Agigian at (617) 573-8487, e-mail:
Mariellen Norris at (617) 573-8450, e-mail:

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