2012 Conference Schedule

Seventh Biennial Kansas City Conference

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Activism for Human Rights: From Issues to Action

October 4 – 5, 2012

Embassy Suites on the Plaza

Kansas City, MO

To register, click here.

Thursday, October 4

6:00 – 7 p.m.

  • Registration/Reception

7 – 10 p.m.

  • Conference Welcome: Jolie Justus, Missouri State Senator
  • GAME Welcome: Sara Pedram, GAME Director
  • Introduction: Brenda Bethman, Ph.D., Director, UMKC Women’s Center
  • “Songs, Hippos & Soap: A Traveling Bard’s Guide to Getting Involved,” featuring Barclay Martin, singer/songwriter
  • Discussion
  • Networking and Reception

Friday, October 5

8 – 8:30 a.m.

  • Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

  • Welcome
  • A Word About GAME: Sara Pedram, GAME Director

8:45 a.m.

  • Speaker: Lillian Pardo, Professor Emerita in Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center: “Barriers to US Ratification of CEDAW”

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Focus on the Issues

Violence Against Women & Girls

  • Melanie Austin, MOCSA

Eliminating Sexual Assaults in Juvenile Correctional Facilities: The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 prompted the development of initiatives to reduce sexual abuse in correctional agencies.  This panel will examine current efforts and challenges at reducing sexual violence in juvenile facilities.

  • Dr. Kristi Holsinger, Associate Professor, Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology, UMKC

Women & Sustainability

  • Kate Corwin, Greenworks KC

10:40 – 11:40 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Focus on the Issues

Violence Against Women & Girls

  • Melanie Austin, MOCSA

Juvenile Justice

  • Dr. Kristi Holsinger, Associate Professor, Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology, UMKC

Women & Sustainability

  • Beth Low, Kansas City Food Policy Coalition
  • Kate Corwin, Greenworks KC

12:00 p.m.

  • Lunch and Keynote
  • Speaker: Meg Gardinier, Chair of the Campaign for US Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

 1:15 – 2:00 p.m.          

  • Resource Fair and Networking

2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

Breakout Sessions: Taking Action

Garage Band Activism

  • Barclay Martin

Start Some Trouble – Have Some Fun: This panel focuses on how local advocacy groups are working on issues of importance to the lives of immigrants in Kansas City.

  • Angela Ferguson
  • Judy Ancel, Director, UMKC Institute for Labor Studies
  • Jeff Hill, Advocates for Immigrant Rights & Reconciliation
  • Whitney Gerlach, Communities Creating Opportunity

Promoting Financial Literacy for Women and Girls

  • Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City

3:20 – 4:20 p.m.  

Breakout Sessions: Taking Action

Garage Band Activism

  • Barclay Martin

Start Some Trouble – Have Some Fun: This panel focuses on how local advocacy groups are working on issues of importance to the lives of immigrants in Kansas City.

  • Angela Ferguson
  • Judy Ancel, Director, UMKC Institute for Labor Studies
  • Jeff Hill, Advocates for Immigrant Rights & Reconciliation
  • Whitney Gerlach, Communities Creating Opportunity

Promoting Financial Literacy for Women and Girls

  • Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Closing Session/Resolution Signing
  • Kansas City Women’s Chorus “Treblemakers” performance of selections from “Brave Souls and Dreamers

2 thoughts on “2012 Conference Schedule

  1. […] This Thursday and Friday the UMKC Women’s Center is proud to be working with the Kansas City-based Center for Global and Multicultural Education to co-organize the 2010 Activism for Human Rights Conference: From Issues to Action. The conference’s featured speakers are Barclay Martin, music director/composer for the film Zamboanga: Poverty/War/Music; Elizabeth Alex, lead anchor at KSHB-TV; and Jolie Justus, Missouri State Senator, 10th District; there will also be panels and sessions featuring local activists working to promote human rights locally and globally (for a complete schedule, click here). […]

  2. […] schedule for the 2012 conference is now posted — visit the schedule page for details (more updates will be coming soon). Registration fees are listed on the […]

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