Tue, Jan 24|
The Warwick Theater
The International War On Women - A Discussion with Maggie Lennon (FREE Event)
Twenty years ago, Maggie founded the Bridges Programme, a charity that works with asylum seekers and refugees that have found their way to Scotland. Based in Glasgow, she has worked with organizations across Europe, spending a lot of time on soap boxes, advocating for women's and children's rights.
Time & Location
Jan 24, 7:30 PM
The Warwick Theater, 3927 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64111, USA
About the event
The International War On Women
There is an urgent need to gender the UN Convention on Refugees
War trauma, state persecution affect women and girls differently and in many ways much more traumatically than men, yet the reasons women and girls flee their homelands and what they suffer en route is not specifically recognised in international law. Think of it this way... Rape is a weapon of war but not recognised as a war crime
There's no special case to be made for giving women sanctuary for what they suffer. At least not in the law that the US and Europe follow. But both Africa and South America have developed addendums to the UN Convention which at least allows for women to be front and centre in terms of protections. It's clearly time for change.
Maggie is a passionate advocate for women's issues and forced migrants. She has addressed many conferences including the World Health Organisation on several occasions, spoken at the European Commission and Parliament.