Honored to have met @NadiaMuradBasee at yesterday’s @UNODC 2016 Global #humantrafficking rpt launch TY @murad_ismael #EndHumanTrafficking
It was truly a privilege and honor to meet Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor of genocide & UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking and recent Vaclav Havel Prize and Sakharov Prize Winner, at yesterday’s launch of UNODC’s 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Last week, I had the honor of meeting with Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the week before that, with Mausi Segun, Senior Researcher on Nigeria at Human Rights Watch. Three powerful, strong women giving voice to those not able to speak up. A great way to close out 2016!!
There is no better qualified, prepared or suited candidate to lead the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) than Dr. Eleanor Ann Nwadinobi, Nigeria’s first candidate for International President-elect, in the MWIA’s 100-year history.
A medical doctor, gender and human rights consultant and currently manager with the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), Dr. Nwadinobi’s passion for and commitment to the MWIA as well as the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) is evident through her over 34-years combined service to both Associations. She is also the founding Zonal Coordinator of the Coalition on the Violence Against Women and sits on the Board of several international and national organizations.
Nigeria is currently one of the highest contributors to MWIA, through her technical expertise and numbers. MWIA has had only two Presidents from Africa and with the region’s negative health indices – – maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, TB – – Dr. Nwadinobi’s candidacy provides an excellent opportunity for prioritizing and addressing these issues.
Vote Dr. Eleanor Ann Nwadinobi for President-Elect MWIA!
Gr8t Day 1 #CSW60 w/ @SenAishaAlhassn @wgaffairsdept Dir. Esther @NSRProgramme @ELEANORANNNWADI @vsfnigeria Prof. Ochoche @findyrPath Evon
No better way to honor my grandmother Ivy May Russell-Brown, of blessed memory (June 21, 1912-March 14, 2007), than with these amazing women and #He4She!
Great working lunch on #ChibokGirls w/ @lucybelize @JanineMorna @claireLwilmot (missed u @MausiSegun @ELEANORANNNWADI)
After meeting @UN, on the humanitarian situation in Nigeria, Niger and on the MNJTF, marked over 500 days since #ChibokGirls were abducted from NE Nigeria, having really productive lunch with three brilliant women who have worked on the issue of Nigeria and the Boko Haram insurgency, including on mitigating violence against women and children in the context of the insurgency (from left to right): @CFR_org’s @claireLwilmot (Women and the Boko Haram Insurgency), @AmnestyUK_LGBTI’s @lucybelize (Nigeria: Stars on their shoulders: Blood on their hands: War crimes committed by the Nigerian military) and @1612Watchlist’s @JanineMorna (“Who Will Care for Us?” — Grave Violations Against Children in Northeastern Nigeria). Thank you for an inspiring afternoon!! (But missed the invaluable contributions of @hrw’s @MausiSegun (“Those Terrible Weeks in Their Camp” Boko Haram Violence against Women and Girls in Northeast Nigeria) and @ELEANORANNNWADI (Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme)).
Last night, at the last minute, I was able to get a ticket to Toni Morrison’s reading and discussion at the 92nd Street Y, of her new novel, “God Help the Child.” I became a teacher because of Toni Morrison. I wanted to write like her, think like her, live the life of the mind. And, since The Bluest Eye, I’ve waited for every new novel. Some folks follow musicians. I follow Toni Morrison. She was wonderful, as usual, last night. I could listen to her read forever. Professor Morrison talked about “evil,” last night. She is “bored, bored, BORED, of evil.” “Evil takes up space, has to be loud, because it’s nothing.” “The job of evil is to keep us from doing our work.” Professor Morrison also talked about the preternaturally good, the humanity of people and the small profound gestures to be human, under the worst conditions. At the end of the evening, an audience member asked what we could all do in service of our communities and Toni Morrison suggested that we “start small.” That even 1 person can have an impact. It occurred to me that although Toni Morrison’s work is far from “small,” it demonstrates an “unwillingness to dwell on evil.” That through her writings, perhaps Toni Morrison is challenging “evil” and surfacing humanity.
Thank you, again, to my Hunter College Human Rights Program students and colleagues!
Thank you to my Hunter College Human Rights Program students and colleagues!
Sherrie Russell-Brown Hunter College Human Rights Program Student Evaluations Spring 2014
Last year, I posted about the talented students I had the privilege to teach during the Fall 2013 semester (https://sherrierussell-brown.com/2013/12/02/thank-you-to-my-hr200-students-kevin-uretsky-et-al-and-happy-hanukkah/). Well, the Spring 2014 semester is no different! I have a great group of students, again, who continue to challenge me and are engaged with human rights issues (see, e.g., https://sherrierussell-brown.com/2014/03/12/unicef-tap-project/).
One of those brilliant students, Marcel G, recently gave a Prezi presentation on human rights and the European idea, at the Undergraduate Research Conference (UGRC), Hunter College (http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/ugresearchconference). The URL to the Prezi is http://prezi.com/g3sq96axnp6o/inspiriting-the-european-idea-through-human-rights/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=email.