Friday, May 1
@12 – 1 pm in 3-270
Comprising over 50 percent of the world’s population, women continue to be significantly under-represented as policy and decision-makers around the world. As the 2011 UN General Assembly resolution on women’s political participation notes:
“Women in every part of the world continue to be largely marginalized from the political sphere, often as a result of discriminatory laws, practices, attitudes and gender stereotypes, low levels of education, lack of access to health care and the disproportionate effect of poverty on women.”
The presence of women in government, however, is important not only to secure the equal rights of women, but for the nature of governance itself. This discussion will explore why women’s political participation is essential to building and sustaining democracy globally.
About the Speaker: TANYA HENDERSON
Tanya Henderson, Founder and Executive Director, Mina’s List, is an international human rights and gender lawyer whose work has focused on women’s rights and empowerment; the role of women in conflict resolution and peace-building; and women’s political participation through U.S. policy, international multi-lateral agencies and civil society, and coalition building among global women political leaders. Prior to starting Mina’s List, Tanya was a Policy Director for Women’s Action for New Direction, (WAND); the U.S. National Director for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), a legal consultant for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon on issues of gender based violence and women’s political participation, and worked in Ethiopia as part of a research team in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School, researching and drafting policy related to gender inequality, economic development and health. Her work has been published in academic journals and various print and social media outlets. Before entering the international field, Tanya had a private law practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts, representing abused and neglected children in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk County juvenile courts. Ms. Henderson received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from the University of Massachusetts Boston, her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Suffolk University Law School and pursued her Master’s of Law (LL.M) in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has also earned several certificates in mediation and conflict negotiation.