Violence Against Women: Conference Speakers

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir Afzal is Chief Crown Prosecutor of the UK's Crown Prosecution Service for North West England. He is Britain's most senior Muslim lawyer, and the first Muslim to have been appointed to such a position. He is responsible for over 100,000 prosecutions a year, and was awarded an OBE in 2005. He has campaigned for women's rights, and against forced marriage, FGM, and honor killings.

Dr. Ruchi Anand

Dr. Ruchi Anand is an Indian-born academic and author living in France. She has authored or contributed to several books in the field of international relations and environmental politics. She teaches International Relations at the American Graduate School in Paris as well as in the JSA summer programs at Stanford, Yale and Georgetown.

Chiara Condi

Chiara Condi is the founder and President of HERA France, a Paris-based NGO that provides training and mentorship to empower women in vulnerable situations, such as former victims of trafficking, violence, or sexual exploitation. She is a graduate of Harvard University, Sciences Po, and the London School of Economics.

Erin Helfert

Erin Helfert is a gender advocate who has worked on various donor-funded projects, including with USAID, the UN, and the EU. She speaks globally on issues of gender and justice, and women-led economic grownth. She also played an integral role in the formation of the US Department of Justice "Vision 21" program.

Lorraine Koonce Farahmand, Esq

The initiator of this conference, Lorraine Kooce Farahmand, Esq is an English solicitor and New York attorney. She is currently an International Law professor at AGS and in the Anglo-American Law degree program at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise, where she lectures on International Public Law and Human Rights. Her area of expertise is gender and the human rights of women.

Carolina Lasén Diaz

Carolina Lasén Diaz is a Programme Officer in the Gender Equality Unit of the Equality Division at the Council of Europe. She previously worked at the Secretariat of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

Dr. Susanna Greijer

Dr. Susanna Greijer is an independent expert on Children's Rights for the Council of Europe, and serves as Project Coordinator at End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) in Luxembourg. She has been researching and working on the issue of children's rights since 2006, particularly children in armed conflict and international crimes against women.

Dr. Tobe Levin

Dr. Tobe Levin is an activist against FGM and the Vice-President of FORWARD Germany, which focuses on fighting FGM around the world. She is most known for combining this advocacy with academic scholarship in comparative literature, and has published over 100 articles, edited three books, and founded UnCUT/VOICES Press.

Angela Melo

Angela Melo works at UNESCO, where she is the Director of the Division of Ethics, Youth and Sport in the Social and Human Sciences sector. She is a former Criminal Prosecutor and Senior Legal Counsellor for the Mozambican Ministry of Justice. She was previously the Vice-President and Special Rapporteur of the African Commission on Human and People's Rights (ACHPR), an African Union organ.

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov, Esq

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is an American lawyer, Children's Rights advocate, and Law professor at AGS. She founded the Crossing Guard Consulting, which focuses on Internet safety issues and child protection. She is an international consultant and speaker on themes of women's rights and leadership, who recently spoke on women's empowerment at the US Embassy in Senegal.

Violeta Neubauer

Violeta Neubauer is an international expert and member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and gives expert assistance to State parties to the CEDAW Convention in their reporting obligations. She is also a member of the Council of Europe steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men.

Jennifer Obaseki

Jennifer Obaseki is a senior partner and advocate in London, specializing in Immigration and Family Law. She has over twenty years of experience in prosecuting forced marriage, trafficking and domestic violence cases. Her law firm has a strong record of supporting women seeking asylum based on gender violence.

H.E. Ambassador Ursula Plassnik

A lawyer and career diplomat, Ambassador Ursula Plassnik is the Austrian Ambassador to France. She was Chief of Staff for the Austrian Chancellor from 1997 to 2004, and Foreign Affairs Minister of Austria from 2004 to 2008. She often speaks on gender violence issues and gender-related UN resolutions.

Navroop K. Sahdev

Navroop K. Sahdev is a graduate student at Université Paris 13, France and University of Turin, Italy. She has recently worked at the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. She is the co-author of "Honor Killings in North India. An Enquiry into the Causes of the Social Menace."

Dr. Eileen Servidio

Dr. Eileen Servidio is a Professor of International Law and the President of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at the American Graduate Shool in Paris. She is a specialist in both International Criminal Law and Comparative Law, and has authored several works on violence against women.

Marlise Simons

Marlise Simons is a journalist who has been with The New York Times since 1982. She has previously worked extensively in Latin America, which, along with her own experience of having been kidnapped, led to her later work in Human Rights reporting. She has published several books and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Linda Weil-Curiel

An internationally-renowned French lawyer and Human Rights activist, Linda Weil-Curiel is France's leading crusader against FGM. Thanks to her prosecutorial actions, France became the first nation to bring criminal charges against those who perform FGM, resulting in more than a hundred prosecutions.

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