On Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 7pm, Dr. Lani Roberts will deliver her Ideas Matter Lecture. Here is an abstract of the talk:
Do women have rights under the Declaration of Human Rights? If not, what does this say about women’s humanness? We will look at three ways of claiming that women are not in fact included in most of the Declaration. If women are deemed fully human, what explains the horrific violations we suffer worldwide? The United Nations General Assembly enacted the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in 1979, some 30 years after the Declaration of Human Rights. Why was it considered necessary? What is required for women’s rights asserted in law (de jure) to become actual rights (de facto) in our lived lives?