Week 1

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein R-219)

Study Group

The Global Movement to
End Violence Against Women



The Current Legal Landscape

Cheryl Thomas, Director Women’s Human Rights Program at The Advocates for Human Rights.

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Cheryl Thomas, Attorney, Founder and Director, the Women’s Human Rights Program at The Advocates for Human Rights. Since 1994, Ms. Thomas has traveled throughout Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries and Morocco to work with local groups and individuals to promote women's human rights. She has published numerous articles and reports on violence against women as a human rights abuse. Ms. Thomas was honored as a 2005 Changemaker by Minnesota Women’s Press. In 2008, she was selected to be one of 15 experts from around the world to participate in a United Nations Expert Group Meeting on good practices in legislation on violence against women. Ms. Thomas was named one of 150 “Women Who Shake the World” by Newsweek in 2011 for her work with local partners around the world writing laws that better protect women and girls. After receiving her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983, Ms. Thomas practiced law and was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School where she taught Women’s International Human Rights from 1996 – 2002. From 1999 to 2001 she served as Executive Director of WATCH, a court monitoring organization focused on cases of violence against women and children.