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Wednesday, September 19

Human Rights in Pittsburgh and the World: Assessing Human Rights Impacts, Limitations, and Prospects at the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
4:30 pm
Alcoa Room, Barco Law Building
Sponsored by:
Global Studies Center along with Department of Sociology
Jackie Smith
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As the Trump administration flaunts international human rights standards in its treatment of immigrant families and in its recent withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, cities around the country—including Pittsburgh—have been stepping up to declare their commitments to global human rights by signing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and by joining a growing global “Human Rights Cities” movement. As we recognize the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this panel reflects on shifts in global human rights strategies that have been working to “bring human rights home” in cities around the world and to advance thinking about global human rights principles. Panelists will provide insights into global and local work for human rights and explore how community-based human rights initiatives might support work in our city and elsewhere to realize the vision of the UDHR authors. They will also identify some of the key obstacles and opportunities for achieving dignity and justice for all people.

Panel Moderated by: Michael Goodhart, Director, Global Studies Center and Professor of Political Science

Noble Maseru, Director, Pitt Center for Health Equity- Health as a Human Right
Carlos Torres, Director, City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
Dawn Plummer, Director, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Leigh Patel, Associate Dean of Equity and Justice, University of Pittsburgh School of Education