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In February, more than 60 scholars, activists, and religious leaders from 20 countries will take part in The Carter Center's Human Rights Defenders Forum. "Beyond Violence: Women Leading for Peaceful Societies" will focus on advancing the rights of women and girls, including the right to peace. Select forum sessions will be webcast live at

An evening Conversations at the Carter Center event, open to members of the public who have reserved seats, also will be webcast live.

Webcast Dates

Human Rights Defenders Forum, Feb. 9-10, 2015. Get full schedule.

Conversations at the Carter Center, Feb. 10, 2015, 7-8:15 p.m. EST. Get details.

How to watch

Reservations are not required to watch the webcast. A link to the webcasts will be posted to this page about 10 minutes prior to the start of events.

The event furthers the charge set forth in former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's recent book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." President Carter has argued that the world's discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights. One in three women will face sexual or gender-based violence in her lifetime, yet women are not fully included in leadership positions that can influence legislation to reduce such violence. War has a tremendous impact on women and girls, yet they are not adequately included in political processes that can prevent and end conflict. Religion is often used to justify unequal treatment of women, but women's voices are muted when men dominate leadership of religious and traditional institutions. The forum seeks ways to remedy these inequities.



Forum Webcast Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 9

9 – 10:30 a.m. Opening: President Carter and a representative of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights give opening remarks. The Rev. Dr. Susan B. Thistlethwaite reports on highlights and recommendations from weekend workshops.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Inclusive Leadership for Peaceful Societies:  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand participates in a discussion on inclusive leadership, specifically women's contribution to legal reform and policymaking, to develop non-violent solutions to societal problems and to potential and ongoing conflicts.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Confronting Violence Against Women in Society: A panel lays out the state of human rights protections for women and girls with an emphasis on democratic institution-building at the local and national level, encouraging religious leaders and institutions to become robust advocates.

4 – 5:30 p.m. Women Leading to Prevent and Resolve Violent Conflict: A panel looks at ways to create space for voices of local women leaders who are advocating non-violent approaches and human rights-based frameworks for conflict resolution. It examines the role of religious voices in helping to mobilize society toward greater respect for human rights and non-violence.


Tuesday, Feb. 10

9 – 10:30 a.m. Moving Beyond Violence: A panel presents strategies, showcasing cases and specific examples, and calls on participants to share what they plan to do to advance the cause of non-violence and respect for women and girls.

11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. Closing: A final review. Participants sign a declaration laying out their findings and principles.



Conversations at the Carter Center

Tuesday, Feb. 10
7 – 8:15 p.m.

Combating Violence against Women and Girls and Advancing Peace: Three of the participants in the Human Rights Defenders Forum join President Carter for a discussion about protecting the rights of women and girls, with a special emphasis on women and peacemaking and on the role religious leaders can play in this effort.

In addition to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, the panelists are:

  • Ayisha Osori: Lawyer and the CEO of the Nigerian Women's Trust Fund, a nonprofit focused on increasing the quality and quantity of women in government.
  • Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini: Co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network, and one of the civil society drafters of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
  • Alaa Murabit: Canadian-Libyan doctor who founded The Voice of Libyan Women project, which pushes for inclusive peace processes and conflict mediation.

The event will be moderated by Karin Ryan, senior project advisor to The Carter Center's Human Rights Program.

About Conversations at The Carter Center
Conversations brings you up close with Carter Center experts, policy makers, and other special guests to discuss the issues that shape your world. All Conversations are webcast live and archived on the Center's website. Events are held at The Carter Center, Ivan Allen III Pavilion.

Other Conversations this season focus on U.S.-China relations, peace in Liberia, and eliminating blinding trachoma.

View the entire 2014-2015 Conversations at The Carter Center season schedule >


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