The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security

A Conference: Film Premiere, Panel Discussions, and Arts Presentation

Event Details

  • Time


  • Date

    14 Sep, 2015

  • Location

    • Kenney Auditorium (Johns Hopkins SAIS)
    • 1740 Massachusetts Ave. Washington, DC 20036
  • Contact


Hafsat Abiola

Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) (Nigeria)

Mahnaz Afkhami

Founder and President, Women's Learning Partnership (Iran/USA)

Karima Bennoune

Professor, University of California Davis School of Law (Algeria, USA)

Abena Busia

Chair, Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University (Ghana/USA)

Nzira Deus

Executive Director, Forum Mulher (Mozambique)

Yakin Ertürk

Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (Turkey)

Rabeea Hadi

Director of Advocacy, Aurat Foundation (Pakistan)

Gay McDougall

Former UN Special Rapporteur on Minorities and current member UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) (USA)

Aruna Rao

Co-founder, Gender At Work (India/USA)

Gökçen Durutaş

Fundraising and WLP Program Coordinator at Foundation for the Support of Women’s Work (FSWW) (Turkey)

WLP and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will present a day-long event examining and re-imagining the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the foundation for global security and sustainable development, using conversation, poetry, film, and music.

International experts and young activists will reignite and reorient dialogue on the place of human rights in policy-making, and underscore the integral role of women’s advancement in development of human rights. The program will feature proven models for alleviating poverty, improving health and sanitation, and countering violent extremism, as well as the Washington D.C. premiere of the WLP documentary film:  Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey


Watch The World We Seek: Introductions and Keynote of Zainab Hawa Bangura

Watch The World We Seek: Panel 1: Women's Vision of a New Compact of Rights

Watch The World We Seek: Panel 2: Discussion of WLP's documentary, Human Rights:The Unfinished Journey

Watch the Lifelines Poetry Session from The World We Seek


View The World We Seek event photos



Zainab Bangura
Zainab Bangura, special representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, gives the Keynote Address at WLP's event, The World We Seek.
 Lissa Piercy Jamila Reddy Gowri Koneswaran
L to R: Poets Lissa Piercy and Jamila Reddy listen to Gowri Koneswaran share her poem about life after an armed conflict. 
2015 The World We Seek
The World We Seek Event Program 2015
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