Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice
Wednesday, January 22nd, 1:00-3:00 pm
Join us for an exploration of the strategies behind some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years, and. an insider’s look into the way that human rights advocates conduct their work, their real-life struggles and challenges, the rich diversity of tools and strategies they employ, and ultimately, their courage and persistence in advancing human rights. Drawing on interviews with dozens of experienced human rights advocates, Jo Becker will discuss her book, Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice, and share how these activists were able to address seemingly intractable abuses and secure concrete advances in human rights.
Jo Becker is a human rights activist and author of Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice. As the Children’s Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, she has led successful international campaigns to prevent the use of child soldiers, and protect child domestic workers and other vulnerable children. She is the founding chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, which campaigned successfully for an international treaty banning the use of children under age eighteen in armed conflict. She has conducted field investigations to document human rights abuses in Uganda, Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Based on her expertise, she has addressed the United Nations Security Council, testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, conducted trainings for US and African military officers, and testified as an expert in a Dutch war crimes trial. Her opinion pieces have been published in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Toronto Star, and other major media. Follow her on Twitter at @jobeckerhrw.