UN special envoy on sexual violence to visit Nov 6–7

Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations Special Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, will visit the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus on November 6 and 7, with an itinerary that includes two public talks and informal meetings with students.  Go here for more information.  Public events during her visit are:

  • “Sexual Violence in Areas of Armed Conflict,” Wednesday, November 6, at 7 p.m., Great Hall, Memorial Union: In this public lecture, Bangura will talk about the issue, its scope, and its impact on the economic and social development of communities and nations around the world. She will discuss what engaged members of the international community can do to eradicate rape as a weapon of war. A student member of First Wave will give a short performance prior to the lecture.
  • Breakfast and Conversation with students, Thursday, November 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 W. Dayton St.: After a brief introduction, Bangura will take questions from students. Project1808 Inc., PAVE, and other student organizations will share information about how to get involved on the topic of sexual violence and take action on campus. A free continental breakfast will be available.
  • “Crafting an International Legal Framework to Combat Sexual Violence in Conflict,” Thursday, November 7, at noon, Lubar Commons (Room 7200), UW–Madison Law School: Bangura will talk about the challenges and successes of her office, the UN’s work in helping countries create gender-neutral laws, train police officers, prosecutors and judges, and provide redress and reparation for victims.

Bangura’s visit is sponsored, by Project 1808, the UW–Madison Global Health Institute, ISS-Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project (MDGAP), Human Rights Program, Division of International Studies, and the Distinguished Lecture Series-Wisconsin Union Directorate.

Other co-sponsors are: UW–Madison African Studies Program; CALS International Programs; Department of Gender and Women’s Studies; Global Studies and International Studies Major; International Learning Community; Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies; School of Social Work; Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health; and the United Nations Association of Dane County.