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ABA honors UN special rapporteur on violence against women with human rights


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ABA honors UN special rapporteur on violence against women with human rights

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, June 17, 2014 – The American Bar Association Section of Litigation will honor Rashida Manjoo, UN special rapporteur on violence against women, with its International Human Rights Award.     

The award, which recognizes an individual who has made substantial and long-term contributions in the promotion of civil rights, civil liberties or human rights outside the United States, will be presented Friday, Aug. 8 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.    

 "We are honored to bestow this award on Rashida Manjoo, one of the world’s top experts and combatants of violence against women,” said Don Bivens, chair of the ABA Section of Litigation.  “She has devoted her career to addressing the brutality and oppression rooted in inequality and gender-based discrimination.” 

In addition to her work with the United Nations Human Rights Council, Manjoo is a professor in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town. She is the former Parliamentary commissioner of the Commission on Gender Equality (CGE) in South Africa, a constitutional body mandated to oversee the promotion and protection of gender equality.

Prior to being appointed to the CGE, she was involved in social context training for judges and lawyers, where she has designed both content and methodology during her time at the Law, Race, and Gender Research Unit, University of Cape Town and at the University of Natal, Durban. 

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