International Human Rights

Yvette Christiansë, Helen Lieberman, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi and Jody Williams

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This year’s Rennert Forum celebrates the life and work of Helen Suzman, the iconic South African leader who devoted her life to the fight against apartheid. The opening event, which coincides with the opening of an exhibition entitled “Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights,” in the Diana Center, will feature world-renowned human rights activists Helen Lieberman, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. Professor Yvette Christiansë will moderate and provide introductory remarks.

Panelists include: Helen Lieberman, founder and honorary president of Ikamva Labantu (The Future of our Nation), a South African grassroots social development organization; Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi, human rights activist; Jody Williams, Nobel Women’s Initiative, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; and Yvette Christiansë, associate professor of English at Fordham University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Dobkin Family Foundation, the Tolan Family Foundation, and Ralph and Emily Simon Foundation.

For additional information about or to contact the organizations represented by the panelists, please visit their websites, linked below: