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Virtual Book Launch: Women and the UN: A New History of Women’s International Human Rights

17 November @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

Join us for an online event with Dr. Rebecca Adami and Ellen Chesler on Wednesday 17th November about her latest book Women and the UN: A New History of Women’s International Rights. The virtual book launch will be oderated by Professor Alanna O’Malley and the conversation will focus on female actors who have been working or shaping how we understand the United Nations and the system of International Human Rights.

Panelists

  • Dr Rebecca Adami – Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University and Research Associate at the
  • Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies).
    Dr. Rebecca Adami is Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University and Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). She specializes in critical human rights theory through counternarratives, and studies on intersectionality, cosmopolitanism and childism. Author of the book Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2018 a UN photo exhibit “Women Who Shaped the Universal Declaration” based on the book was exhibited at the United Nations in New York by Secretary General António Guterres and first Latin American female President of the General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, now available online.

  • Dr. Dan Plesch – Professor of Diplomacy and Strategy at SOAS University of London.
  • Dr. Dan Plesch is Professor of Diplomacy and Strategy at SOAS University of London. His books include, The Beauty Queen’s Guide to World Peace, Human Rights After Hitler and America, Hitler and the UN. His research focuses on strategies for preventing global war and emphasises a restorative archeology of knowledge of the effective peacemaking work in the 1940s.

  • Ellen Chesler – Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Research Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute on International Affairs, City University of New York.
  • Ellen Chesler is currently a Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, City University of New York. She is author of Woman of Valor: Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement in America, 1992, 2007; co-editor of Where Human Rights Begin: Health, Sexuality and Women in the New Millennium, 2005; co-editor of Women and Girls Rising: Progress and resistance around the world, 2015, and has written numerous essays, articles, and blogs. She worked for many years in philanthropy, most recently at the Open Society Foundations, and early in her career, in government. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

Moderator

  • Professor Alanna O’Malley  Chair of UN Studies of Peace and Justice

    Professor Alanna O’Malley is Chair of UN Studies in Peace and Justice at Leiden University and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. She is a historian of the UN, decolonization, and the Global South. She has a PhD in History from the European University Institute and is currently Principal Investigator of a new project funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, Challenging the Liberal World Order from Within, The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South.

How to join this event

This event will be held on Zoom. A Zoom link to join the event will be provided to registered guests on Tuesday 16th November. To register your interest, please click here

About the book: Women and the UN: A New History of Women’s International Human Rights

This book provides a critical history of influential women in the United Nations and seeks to inspire empowerment with role models from bygone eras. From the founding of the UN and the Latin American feminist movements that pushed for gender equality in the UN Charter, up until the Security Council Resolutions on the role of women in peace and conflict, the volume reflects on how women delegates from different parts of the world have negotiated and disagreed on human rights issues related to gender within the UN throughout time.

Editors: 

Dr. Rebecca Adami – Associate Professor at the Department of Education, Stockholm University and Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies)

Dr. Dan Plesch – Professor of Diplomacy and Strategy at SOAS University of London