Saturday, October 23, 2021

Gender-Based Violence - A Persistent Global Pandemic - Nov. 9 at 6PM ET

Please join us on November 9th at 6PM for a discussion on the implications of gender violence.

This webinar will be part of an ongoing series presented by the Public Interest & Social Justice Committee of TLA led by TLA Board Members, Andre Baynes and Kathryn Sheehan.

With increased attention to gender-based violence and oppression in the United States and other places such as Afghanistan, it is extremely important for the Tufts community to focus on how we may better understand and combat these injustices throughout our communities. During this webinar, you will hear from a diverse group of Tufts graduates and faculty as they discuss gender-based violence across multiple disciplines.  

The faculty for this program are:

Elizabeth Dank is the Deputy Commission/General Counsel in the New York Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence. She has spent the last 15 years working in New York City government to support survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, strengthen families and improve system responses. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tufts University and a J.D from the Pace University School of Law.

Melinda Holmes is a peacebuilding specialist, writer and strategist focusing on gender and political violence. At the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) she directs the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), which brings together more than 60 independent women-led civil society organizations in 30 plus countries working to prevent violent extremism and militarism. A 2016-2017 Visiting Fellow at LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace & Security, Holmes also previously worked with The Carter Center, where she advised on the engagement of religious and traditional beliefs, actors and communities in advancing peace and human rights. Holmes graduated with a Master’s in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on the gendered and religious dynamics of conflict and peacebuilding.

Kudrat Chaudhary is a Gender Specialist at the Law Office of Robert Jobe. She is has research, advocacy, legal and policy experience with a focus on gender, human rights, child rights, and Conflict Resolution including Mediation, Negotiations, and Arbitration. She has researched on Child Brides in humanitarian settings for Save the Children and served as a consultant for Australian Progressives on Refugee Policies of Australia. Kudrat has also written a book on the human trafficking of women in Nepal after the Nepal Earthquake of 2015. She’s a trained mediator from MWI, Massachusetts and the Australian DIsputes center, Sydney. Kudrat obtained a Masters of Laws (LLM) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Dyan Mazurana is a Research Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She directs Feinstein’s Research Program on Women, Children, and Armed Conflict and co-directs the Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) Program. She focuses on gendered dimensions of humanitarian response to conflict and crises, documenting serious crimes committed during conflict, and accountability, remedy, and reparation. She serves as an advisor to several governments, UN agencies, human rights NGOs, and child protection organizations regarding humanitarian assistance and improving efforts to assist youth and women affected by armed conflict. This work includes the protection of women and children during armed conflict, including those people associated with fighting forces, as well as remedy and reparation in the aftermath of violence. She has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in women’s studies from Clark University, where she studied International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and Comparative Languages. She also holds an M.A. and B.F.A. from the University of Wyoming, where she studied painting, art history, and feminist theory.


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