Iris Marion Young Lecture, Awards Ceremony, and Reception | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Iris Marion Young Lecture, Awards Ceremony, and Reception

February 9, 2012 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Dr. Aili Mari Tripp (Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Women’s Studies Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies at GSPIA,  Ford Institute for Human Security at GSPIA, Department of Sociology, and Graduate School of Public & International Affairs


“The Uses and Abuses of Women’s Rights in Contemporary Discourse” by Dr. Aili Mari Tripp at 3 p.m.

Followed by the Iris Marion Young Awards presentation & reception at 4 p.m.

RSVP by Tuesday, January or 412-624-6485

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"Women’s rights have come into public awareness in recent years in ways we have not seen before with both interesting and troubling consequences. Today women’s rights are being variously depicted as critical to addressing problems of third world poverty; women’s education is being described as an essential component in the fight against global terrorism; women politicians are seen by some as a key defense in the fight against government corruption; and women are often said to be the key to peace, national security, and environmental sustainability. While these are not new ideas, they have increasingly captured the popular imagination, influencing donors, development practitioners, policy makers, journalists, and even military strategists. Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, for example, have made the powerful argument that saving the world’s women from sex trafficking, bride burnings, female genital cutting, and mass rape is the paramount moral challenge of this century, in the same way slavery was in the 19th century and totalitarianism in the 20th century. My talk takes a critical look at these some of these discourses surrounding women’s rights and their implications for those concerned about the welfare of women."

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