Women’s Human Rights to be Lecture Topic

February 28th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Penelope Andrews

Albany Law School President and Dean Penelope Andrews will speak at SUNY Oneonta on Monday, March 4, as part of the college’s fifth annual Ralph R. Watkins Africana Studies Lecture Series. Andrews will present “From Cape Town to Kabul: Reflections of Global Women’s Advocacy and Law” at 5:30 p.m. at the Otsego Grille in the college’s Morris Conference Center. Admission is free, and members of the community are invited to attend.

The talk is based on Andrews’ book, “From Cape Town to Kabul: Rethinking Strategies for Pursuing Women’s Human Rights” (Ashgate Publishing 2012), which advances a new approach to pursuing human rights for women in developing democracies.

Andrews grew up in apartheid South Africa, fighting for equal rights. In the book, she draws upon her experience living under apartheid and after the fall of apartheid, as well as her subsequent scholarship and advocacy on behalf of women around the world. She applies these perspectives to the contemporary example of Afghanistan, where an emerging democracy necessitates new conversations about human rights and gender equality.

In addition to teaching and conducting legal scholarship around the world, Andrews has consulted for the U.N. Development Fund for Women, and for the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg, where she evaluated labor law programs. An annual award in her name—The Penelope E. Andrews Human Rights Award—is given by the law school at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. In 2005, she was a finalist for a vacancy on the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court on the country’s constitutional matters.

The annual lecture series honors the late Professor Emeritus Ralph Watkins of the SUNY Oneonta History and Africana and Latino Studies departments. A specialist in African-American and American history, Watkins taught at the college for more than 30 years and served as chair of the Africana and Latino Studies Department for more than a decade.

This event is presented by the Department of Africana & Latino Studies with support from the CSEA Local 635 Women’s Committee. More information is available from the Department of Africana and Latino Studies at (607) 436-2619.