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21 Apr
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Apr 21, 2014 | 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Labor Rights as Human Rights

Join us for an engaging lecture with Chinnie Ding, Vasuki Nesiah and Jo Becker.

Jo Becker has over 20 years of experience as an advocate for human rights and social justice. Since 1997, she has served as Children’s Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, leading successful international campaigns to prevent the use of child soldiers, and protect child domestic workers and other vulnerable children. In 1998, she co-founded and became the first chairperson of the international Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, which successfully campaigned for the adoption of an international United Nations treaty banning the use of children under the age of 18 in armed conflict. More recently, she helped influence a new international labor treaty, adopted in June 2011, that protects the rights of millions of women and girls who are employed as domestic workers in private homes. 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. She is also an adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University and author of Campaigning for Justice: Human Rights Advocacy in Practice (Stanford University Press, 2013).