Program Information

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Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights

dianemarkowiczThe Lecture Series was created by GCRL Project Founder Sylvia Neil and her husband Dan Fischel in memory of Sylvia's late sister, Diane, to honor her commitment to gender equality and social justice. The series features internationally renowned scholars, judges, and activists discussing ways of negotiating the tensions between gender equality and religious or cultural norms.


Past Lectures

2014 – Fareda Banda, SOAS London

2013Anat Hoffman, chairperson of Women at the Wall and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center

2011/2012 – Professor Pnina Lahav, Boston University

2010 – Dr. Abdullahi An-Na'im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law at Emory Law School

2009 – Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Supreme Court of Canada

2008 – Inaugural lecture delivered by Dr. Shirin Ebadi and professor Jody Williams, recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize and founders of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.