Fall 2013 – Human Rights Conference Draws High School Students

Human Rights Conference Draws High School Students | 10/22/2013

UConn Today

By Kenneth Best

Violence Against Women is the topic of a human rights conference on campus that will include special workshops for high school students.

Violence perpetrated against women is prevalent both in this country and around the world, and the issue will be addressed at this year’s UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights’ International Conference by an international group of speakers.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization issued a new report declaring that physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally.

The global report follows a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that one in four women have been the victim of several acts of physical violence by an intimate partner and nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime. More…