Women’s Freedom Forum 9th Annual Congressional Exhibition Event
UNITING VOICES WORLDWIDE
TO ELIMINATE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
November 20, 2019 | Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building | U.S. House of Representatives
The event was attended by members and staff of the U.S. House and Senate, women’s organizations, embassies, university students and the general public.
Lynn Dykstra, UN representative and civil society outreach director of Women’s Freedom Forum, opened the event commemorating the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. Then, esteemed speakers took to the podium, to speak of their specialties in women’s issues, not only highlighting the problems, but also offering solutions.
Professor Soolmaz Abooali, a world champion and 12-time US National Champion in Traditional Karate, with an expertise on conflict resolution, elaborated on the fundamental link between a nation’s belief system and laws regarding the treatment of women and its direct result in the growing gender equality movement.
Ms. Mandy Sanghera, an international human rights activist and global campaigner, was the next speaker who explained the global Beijing 25 agenda for generation equality, since the first Women’s World Conference in 1995 and its 12 focus areas, and also the 40th year of the adoption of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women).
1995 and its 12 focus areas, and also the 40th year of the adoption of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women).
The next speaker, Dr. Roushan, BSN, Med, BCBA, explained in detail how Autistic children are being treated by authorities in developing counties compared to the West.
Ms. Nariman, who was victimized by violence at a young age, spoke of her horrifying tale of imprisonments and the courage shown by other women prisoners.