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UB sets conference on human rights violations against women

Human rights violations against women – worldwide and local – will be the subject of the all-day “Culture and Control of Women” conference Saturday at the University at Buffalo Law School on the university’s Amherst Campus.

The conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 106 in O’Brian Hall, will examine the litany of human rights crimes against women including honor killings, human trafficking, child and slave brides, genital mutilation, stoning and domestic violence. Speakers will include victims of abuse others with first-hand knowledge of the experience of these victims. The conference is free and open to the public.

“This conference is designed to examine the injustices and violence perpetrated on women globally and explore resources and remedies in answering the imperative question: What is to be done at the local level to have immediate impact?” said Nadia N. Shahram, an adjunct faculty member at the law school and director of the Matrimonial Mediation Center in Williamsville.

Guests include Coline Jenkins, who will speak on “The Declaration of Women’s Rights – Past and Present.” Jenkins is the great-great granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a leader of the early American women’s rights movement.

For more information, visit the conference’s Culture and Control Facebook page, or call 645-4600.