20 Years After Beijing—Women's Rights as Human Rights in the United States
On October 9, 2014, the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice, the Global Gender Justice Clinic, and the Cornell Advocates for Human Rights hosted Sandra Park, Senior Staff Attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Women's Rights Project. Ms. Park, a women's rights advocate who has successfully litigated in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, spoke on the topic "20 Years After Beijing—Women's Rights as Human Rights in the United States." While Hillary Clinton declared at the Beijing Conference that "human rights are women's rights … and women's rights are human rights," Ms. Park outlined how women now face a more nuanced form of discrimination than that of twenty years ago, including employment discrimination and lack of access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence. She quoted President Obama's recent declaration that freedom from domestic violence is a human right, and advocated for local governments to pass resolutions to implement this obligation.