Fall Education and Action: Women's Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights is committed to improving women’s human rights throughout the world. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers works tirelessly for sustainable change locally, nationally, and globally.


Help us raise $50,000 to protect women's rights in Minnesota and around the world. Donations up to $30,000 will be matched!


Human Rights Advocates for Victims of Domestic Violence: Presenting the Gold WATCH Award

Virtual Event

Join us to celebrate five volunteers who undertook urgent work to monitor the legal system’s response to domestic and sexual violence during the pandemic. You’ll hear from our staff, the volunteer team, and our partner Nikki Engel of Violence Free Minnesota on the impact of this work. 

Thank you to Nilan Johnson Lewis PA for virtually hosting us. We are grateful for your support!

Wednesday, September 30
7:00 p.m. CDT
Register via Zoom. Details will be sent to registered attendees.

Challenges to Protecting Women from Violence during COVID-19

Virtual Event

The Advocates undertook fact-finding to investigate challenges in the legal system’s response to domestic and sexual violence under COVID-19. Kaarin Long and Rosalyn Park will present preliminary findings from interviews with systems actors in the Metro Area and Greater Minnesota. 

CLE credit will be applied for.

Thursday, September 24
12:00 p.m. CDT
Recording coming soon to YouTube!

2020 Gold WATCH Award Recipients: The COVID-19 Volunteer Team

Congratulations to Linda Foreman, Margaret M. Grieve, Rachel Hamlin, Julie P. Shelton, and Linda Svitak.

We are thrilled to celebrate a team of five volunteers who undertook urgent work to monitor the legal system's response to domestic and sexual violence during the pandemic. Although we temporarily suspended our court observation during the Governor’s stay at home order, our volunteers continued to work. They interviewed systems actors about how COVID-19 impacted victims' access to legal protections. Their work enabled us to share findings and recommendations in real time with local partners to inform their immediate advocacy and training, as well as to advise the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women for her report to the General Assembly. This team has conducted more than 40 interviews and is still working to investigate challenges and solutions in six counties in Minnesota. 

Protect Women's Human Rights

You can help stop violence against women, share knowledge and resources with human rights defenders around the world, and strengthen legal protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. All donations will be matched! Here’s what your gift can do.

$50: Adds 25 new resources to our secure online library for human rights defenders
$100: Collects firsthand information on sex trafficking in Minnesota
$500: Trains an attorney to fight violence against women internationally
$1,000: Brings human rights defenders' stories to the United Nations

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Recipe: Marlene Kayser's Curried Couscous

3 cups couscous*
2 tbsp. butter
3 cups boiling water
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
2 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric
3 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 cup dried cranberries
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup diced red onion
optional: 1/2 cup slivered almonds

1. Put couscous in a large bowl. Melt butter in the boiling water and pour over couscous. Cover tightly and soak for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
2. Whisk together yogurt, oil, vinegar, and spices. Pour over couscous. Mix well.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Adjust to taste; serve at room temp.
* You may use quinoa instead of couscous. Make six cups by following package instructions.