Location: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Description: The Rutgers Global Feminist Journeys Conference is a small international strategic consultation that will take place at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University. CWGL is holding this conversation as part of a project tentatively titled Global Feminist Journeys: Stories of a Generation of Women’s Human Rights Activists (1985-2005). This project will contribute to the vast richness of the past 30-40 years of global feminism, especially in relation to human rights, and to draw lessons from it for the future. These discussions will include thinking about what forms of documenting we each are doing or want to do, and what would be most useful at this time, such as: Written essays/stories/books that record the history of this period and analyze lessons learned; Video or tape recorded reflections that can be short, provocative & aimed at particular audiences; Longer oral history recordings, etc. Participants are encouraged to prepare a short 2 page schematic outline from their perspective that could help to develop both the timeline and the key themes that they see as framing the discussion.
Mahnaz Afkhami will present at the event under the Women’s Human Rights: Progress and Challenges portion of the conference. Mahnaz will speak about the Vienna Conference and the connection to the partner organizations she works with. She will also speak about the issues of fundamentalism and clashes with advocacy for women’s rights.