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Sessions Overview — Day 1

Monday, October 28

Human Rights in Authoritarian Regimes

 

9:20 am – 11:00 am          OPENING PLENARY in Hoversten Chapel

Featuring Leyla Hussein, Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury and Jerry Sesanga and their activism efforts.



11:10 am – 12:20 pm        BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Panel Discussion             Creative Dissent  (Hoversten Chapel)

Activists Leyla Hussein, Jerry Sesanga and Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (Tutul)  will share strategies for unlocking creativity to promote human rights. This panel has mastered the use of film and literature, digital media, and even vagina cupcakes! To close out the session, there will be a short reading from Tutul’s magazine, Shuddhashar.


Panel Discussion            Protecting the Environment is a Global Mission (Marshall Room)

Environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova will discuss the importance of uniting the globe to protect the environment. Chirikova’s leadership in standing up to the Russian government has both educated and inspired a new generation of activists around the world.  Andrew Zolli will discuss the ways in which tech companies can support the work of global environmental rights advocates.


Workshop                      New Tactics – Center for Victims of Torture (Oren Gateway Center 100)

Libyan human rights activist Asma Khalifa will partner with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) to explore the CVT’s new digital Tactical Mapping Tool and its potential use by activists. The tool, developed as part of CVT’s Rawabet Initiative to promote human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, makes it possible for individuals and organizations to work collaboratively to develop strategic, targeted, and effective action.


Film Screening            The Cruel Cut (Sateren Auditorium) 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is when a female’s genitals or part of her genitals are removed for non-medical reasons. Leyla Hussein’s captivating and powerful documentary explores the complex world of FGM. This video contains very strong language, graphic images and descriptions of FGM. Recommended age to view this film is 16 years or over. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

We thank © Love Productions for the rights to screen this film during the Human Rights Forum.



12:30 pm – 1:40 pm       LUNCH and NETWORKING


12:40 pm – 1:40 pm       Human Rights 101: An Introduction to Human Rights (OGC 100)

This session will provide an overview of international human rights law and the international system for protecting human rights.  The session will also explore the connection between human rights and social justice work in the United States. Session is lead by Madeline Lohman and Jennifer Prestholdt both representing the Advocates for Human Rights. 



1:50 pm – 3:00 pm            SECOND PLENARY in Hoversten Chapel

Featuring Asma Khalifa, Evgeniya Chirikova, Andrew Zolli and their activism efforts.


3:10 pm – 4:20 pm           BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Panel Discussion            How Womanhood Shapes Activism (Hoversten Chapel)

Activists Asma Khalifa and Leyla Hussein share their experiences of womanhood in the activist field. Have they faced particular difficulties due to their gender, and how did they overcome them? How can allies support female activists? Jerry Sesanga discusses how men should speak out in support of women who have traditionally been kept silent due to stigma.


Lecture                            Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back (Marshall Room)

Andrew Zolli will share his insight around the intersection of global innovation foresight and social change while highlighting important new approaches that construct a more resilient world. For more than two decades, the central thrust of his work has been how to harness the power of emerging tools, technologies, and new approaches to drive collective, regenerative, and systemic change.


Workshop                      New Tactics – Center for Victims of Torture (Oren Gateway Center 100)

Russian environmental activist Evgeniya Chirkova will partner with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) to explore the CVT’s new digital Tactical Mapping Tool and its potential use by activists. The tool, developed as part of CVT’s Rawabet Initiative to promote human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, makes it possible for individuals and organizations to work collaboratively to develop strategic, targeted, and effective action.


Film Screening             The Cruel Cut (Sateren Auditorium) 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is when a female’s genitals or part of her genitals are removed for non-medical reasons. Leyla Hussein’s captivating and powerful documentary explores the complex world of FGM. This video contains very strong language, graphic images and descriptions of FGM. Recommended age to view this film is 16 years or over. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

We thank © Love Productions for the rights to screen this film during the Human Rights Forum.



5:00 pm – 7:00  pm       Peace Meal in the Hagfors Atrium

This is a curated experience designed to promote dialogue, reflection and human connection by sharing food around a common table. Join us as we debrief and process the take-aways from the day and meet some of our amazing speakers in our new building, the Hagfors Center 150. This event is co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Tickets and Registration available here