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|2010-2011 YIHR: Women's Rights as Human Rightss
The 2010-2011 Year of International Human Rights theme was Women's Rights as Human Rights. Throughout the year, students learned about women’s issues – including trafficking, access to healthcare, and education – through the common reading of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into
Webster University welcomed Sheryl WuDunn to its Saint Louis campus for a public lecture on September 13,2010, to allow students and members of the community to address their questions about the book directly to its author.
Women’s rights were the focus of a number of art exhibits, music and dance performances, lectures, coffeehouse discussions, and activism events.
Later in the year, the annual human rights conference focused on women's rights. The "Women's Rights as Human Rights" conference linked international human rights to local human rights work. The conference was organized around three of the principal challenges facing women seeking to realize their internationally recognized human rights: access to education; physical security; and economic hardship. The opening and the keynote address, by E. Desmond Lee Professor of Global Awareness Dr. Janaki Rajan, was webcast globally and Webster students around the world can chat live with each other and submit questions. The conference brought together students, faculty, staff, and members from the local and global community for solutions-based sessions to demonstrate that everyone can play a role in protecting and promoting human rights, even in their own backyard.