The Advocates Speak at UN Women Meeting on Combating Domestic Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The Director of The Advocates’ Women’s Human Rights Program, Cheryl Thomas, presented at and served as a consultant to an expert meeting on enforcing domestic violence legislation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The meeting, which was sponsored by UN Women and held on January 23 and 24 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, brought together government and NGO representatives from approximately ten countries in the region to discuss their progress in combating domestic violence and the work remaining to be done.
The Advocates Welcomes Law Protecting Sexually Exploited Children
The Advocates for Human Rights welcomes the July 20, 2011, enactment of a new approach to protecting children from sexual exploitation. As part of the negotiated budget agreement, Minnesota Governor Dayton signed into law provisions which take significant steps toward building a victim-centered model for protecting children exploited through prostitution.
Sex Trafficking Training for Prosecutors in Minnesota - A First of its Kind
The Advocates for Human Rights recently completed our first ever prosecutor trainings on sex trafficking in Minnesota. The trainings reached capacity in the Twin Cities and drew over 70 participants total to its Twin Cities and Duluth locations. Prosecutors received our brand new Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: Prosecutor Manual, developed by The Advocates for Human Rights, designed to introduce prosecutors to the dynamics of sex trafficking inMinnesota and the Minnesota sex trafficking law.
A Report from Istanbul: Challenging Impunity for Violence Against Women
Are new laws truly working to keep women and children safe and hold violent abusers accountable? This question was the focus of a meeting hosted by The Advocates for Human Rights Women’s Program and the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation last week in Istanbul, Turkey where women and men from 15 countries came together to learn strategies to assess new laws on domestic violence.
Women's Human Rights Film Series: "Africa Rising"
Thursday, March 31, 2011 7:00 PM “Africa Rising” paints an intimate portrait of the broadly-based but little-known anti-FGM movements and shows that courageous, creative, and resourceful individuals can change the course of history.
Women's Human Rights Film Series: "Killing Us Softly 4"
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM Challenging the media, this film stands to challenge a new generation of students to take advertising seriously, and to think critically about popular culture and its relationship to the sexualization of children, sexism, and violence against women.
Women's Human Rights Film Series: "Power and Control"
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. Metropolitan State University Library, EcolabRoom, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul
Addressing a life and death issue during a time of urgent crisis, this film is a timely and comprehensive exploration of physical and emotional abuse in our society, as refracted through the story of Kim Mosher, a Duluth, MN mother of three. Representative Michael Paymar and Cheryl Thomas, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Program at The Advocates, will lead a discussion following the film.
Update from the Women's Program
Members of The Advocates' Women’s Human Rights Program recently left Bulgaria and are currently in Kazakhstan and Croatia meeting with partners about domestic violence laws. Below is a report from Rose Park and Mary Ellingen, two of The Advocates' Staff Attorneys traveling with the group.
Women's Human Rights Film Series: "From Risk to Action"
From Risk to Action: Women & HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia, on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 North Dale Street, Saint Paul. Nearly 60% of HIV-positive individuals in Ethiopia are women. Gender bias and the biology of transmission leave women more vulnerable to infection. The film profiles the connection between gender and HIV/AIDS, as well as the work of local leaders in education and policy change to improve the status of women.
Women's Human Rights Film Series: "Born Into Brothels"
This film, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, is the winner of the 77th annual Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. A tribute to the resiliency of childhood and the restorative power of art, the film is a portrait of several unforgettable children who live in the red light district of Calcutta, where their mothers work as prostitutes.
IWD Keynote Speaker Announced
Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee will be the keynote speaker for the 15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration on March 6, 2010.
The Advocates and Moroccan NGOs Draft Law on Violence against Women in Morocco
The Advocates for Human Rights, Moroccan NGOs from across the country, and host Global Rights met in Errachidia, Morocco from March 8-12, 2010 to draft a national law on violence against women. If passed, the law would be the first comprehensive violence against women act in the Arab world that criminalizes domestic violence and sexual assault and provides for an order for protection remedy for victims.