An Evening with Human Rights Watch

Thursday, April 08, 2010
6pm - 7:30pm
North America

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235 Montgomery St., 12th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

For more information or to purchase tickets:
Call: 415.543.4669 x 27

To purchase tickets online, click here.

Join I.M.O.W. for an evening conversation with Liesl Gerntholtz, director of the Women's Rights Division for Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch is leading the charge on women's rights around the world. Please join us to hear how Gerntholtz and her team are raising the cost of abuse to bring greater justice and security to women around the world.

This year alone Human Rights Watch has shed light on rape as a weapon of war; documented maternal mortality as a rights violation; and improved the lives of female domestic migrant workers on the ground.

Gerntholtz, just back from an emergency mission to Haiti, has uncovered increased risk of sexual violence for recently homeless women--reminding us that women are vulnerable to different kinds of rights violations that too often are forgotten.

Liesl Gerntholtz joined Human Rights Watch in May 2008 as the director of the Women's Rights Division. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to End Violence Against Women in Johannesburg. In addition to providing regular briefings to the South African parliament she was involved in high impact strategic litigation - including a successful case to help change the definition of rape in South Africa. Prior to this, Liesl was manager of the legal unit of the AIDS Law Project of South Africa. From 1998-2000 she served as head of the Legal Department at the Commission on Gender Equality in South Africa. She practiced as a member of the Johannesburg bar for 6 years after obtaining her BA LL.B from the University of Witwatersrand, and before joining the Legal Department of the South African Human Rights Commission. Liesl is currently a member of the advisory committee for OSI Law and Health Initiative and a member of the advisory board for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre's HIV/AIDS Program. In 2007, she was included in the Mail and Guardian's 100 Top South African Women.

Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, HRW gives voice to the oppressed and holds oppressors accountable for their crimes. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Ticket Prices
General $15
Museum/HRW members $10
Students $5

Seating is limited. The event will be held at the Russ Building, 235 Montgomery St., 12th Floor, San Francisco.

For more information or to purchase tickets:

Call: 415.543.4669 x 27

To purchase tickets online, click here.

Liesl Gerntholtz, pictured here working with women in South Africa

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