12 November 2013: VIOLATION: WOMEN AND THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MALVERN HILLS GROUP and THE CHASE SCHOOL GROUP presented a
PUBLIC MEETING on Tuesday 12 November 2013 at 7.00 for 7.30 pm at Malvern Cube (former Youth Centre), Albert Road North, MALVERN WR14 2YF
VIOLATION: WOMEN AND THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS
with a distinguished Panel of Speakers:
- Kate Allen has been Director of Amnesty International UK since 2000. A regular contributor to broadcast programmes and speaker at public events, she has articles published regularly in national newspapers and has appeared on BBC TV Question Time. Kate Allen has travelled around the world for Amnesty on research and lobbying missions.
- Radha Bedi, a third generation British Indian, is a fast-rising TV Journalist and Broadcaster. Her recent BBC3 documentary India: A Dangerous Place to be A Woman examines what life is like for women and girls living in India today.
- Lalage Bown OBE FRSE is Emeritus Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Glasgow. Since 1949 she has held Professorships of Adult Education at four African universities before returning to the UK. She has worked extensively to promote literacy and education for women in Africa.
- Trevor Trueman, a retired Malvern GP, is Founder and Director of the Oromia Support Group. Since 1988 he has worked tirelessly for the displaced Oromo people of Ethiopia, dosumented human rights abuses against them, and lobbied governments and UN on their behalf.
All speakers generously gave their services in support of Amnesty International.
The meeting ended with questions from members of the audience.
Why does Amnesty International work on women’s rights?
- Simply being born female can mean automatic and systematic disadvantage. Women and girls are still fighting for the most basic right of control over their own bodies and their own lives. Women face discrimination and violence at the hands of the state, the community and the family. Around the world, women are:
- Missing: More than 100 million women are missing from the world’s population - a result of discrimination against women and girls, including female infanticide.
- Illiterate: Two thirds of the 774 million adult illiterates worldwide are women - the same proportion for the past 20 years and across most regions.
- Forced into marriage: More than 60 million girls worldwide are forced into marriage before the age of 18.
- Dying in pregnancy and childbirth: Each year 358,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes.
- At risk: An estimated 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk of female genital mutilation/cutting each year.
All proceeds to Amnesty International