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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Beyond #MeToo: The Global Movement Against Sexual Assault and Harassment

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Session Description


Women across the globe have banded together in a unified call for an end to sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace and beyond. Many see movements like #MeToo and Times Up as a watershed moment. Others point to the progress still needed. A panel of survivors, activists, and social entrepreneurs will assess the journey to this remarkable cultural moment, and discuss how we can maintain the momentum to end sexual assault, harassment, and inequality—not just in the US, but around the world.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Wednesday, April 11 Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Lara Setrakian Moderator
    CEO, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, NewsDeeply
    Lara Setrakian is the cofounder and CEO of News Deeply, a network of digital media platforms that convene stakeholders and passionate communities on the world’s biggest challenges. Each platform fuses original reporting, expert analysis and perspectives from key voices on the ground. Her team’s inaugural site, Syria Deeply, launched in 2012 and won the Excellence in Online Journalism Award from the National Press Foundation. They went on to launch Ebola Deeply, Water Deeply, Refugees Deeply, Oceans Deeply, Malnutrition Deeply and Women’s Advancement Deeply; the model is now expanding to cover an array of topics in public health, environmental science and social impact. In 2017, in the midst of the #metoo movement, Lara took a public stand against sexual assault and abuse of women in journalism. Along with a group of passionate and talented women she cofounded Press Forward, an initiative to change the culture of newsrooms across the U.S., to be safe and fair for men and women. For her work in building News Deeply, Fast Company named Lara as one of the “Most Creative People in Business,” while Inc. Magazine called her one of “8 Women Who Could Own the Future.” Before launching News Deeply Lara was correspondent for ABC News and Bloomberg Television, covering the Middle East. Lara is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has been featured in Mashable, TechCrunch, TIME magazine, the Guardian, Marie Claire, the New York Times and on MSNBC, CNN and NPR.
  • Co-founder and President, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
    Mónica Ramírez has dedicated her career to serving the migrant farmworker community in honor of her family’s background working in the agricultural fields in different parts of the U.S. and due to the persistent need that confronts the community. She has specifically focused her work on ending gender-based violence in the workplace and achieving gender equity. Mónica has served farmworker, Latina and immigrant women as an organizer and advocate for more than two decades. She has also represented individuals as a civil rights and gender justice attorney since 2004. Mónica employs a holistic, victim-centered approach to her work and she is an ardent supporter of worker-led movements. She also has a long history promoting women’s leadership and political power, including leading National Hispanic Leadership Agenda's LatinasRepresent project, the only national non-partisan initiative in the U.S. focused on increasing Latina representation and participation in public leadership positions. Mónica is the founder of several major initiatives, organizations and projects, including Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Bandana Project, and she co-founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (The National Farmworker Women’s Alliance). Mónica holds a Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. She lives with her husband and son in Montgomery County, Maryland where she was appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission for Women.
  • Amanda Nguyen Speaker
    Founder & CEO, Rise, Inc.
    Amanda is the CEO and founder of Rise, a national nonprofit working to implement a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights. After Nguyen’s rape kit was on the verge of destruction after only six months of retention, she decided to create a Sexual Assault Bill of Rights, not just for her own circumstances, but for the over 25 million survivors across the country who face the daunting, confusing and broken justice system after an assault. Rise, under Nguyen’s leadership, wrote and unanimously passed through the U.S. Congress–in only seven months–the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, which was signed into law last October by President Obama. The Rise movement is now active in 38 states and four countries (the United States, Japan, Mexico, and Canada). In addition to the U.S. federal law, Rise has passed similar legislation in multiple states (Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington). Amanda’s start in public service began at NASA headquarters in the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Communications and Chief Technologist teams where she worked on the last space shuttle launch, public-private partnerships, and the Asteroid Redirect Grand Challenge Mission. Previously, Amanda held several roles during the Obama Administration including the was the Deputy White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of State. Before this role, she served in the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons as a speechwriter. She also held roles at the Obama White House in the Office of Public Engagement and the Chief of Staff’s office, at Morgan Stanley in public finance investment banking, and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Center as an Origins of Life fellow analyzing the Kepler exoplanet mission. During college, Amanda created the first student-written course on modern slavery and co-founded Wema Children, an orphanage in Kenya. Amanda graduated from Harvard University in 2013.
  • President & CEO, Breakthrough
    Sohini Bhattacharya is an intrepid intrapreneur and social change enthusiast who has 25+ years of experience in the development sector. Currently she is President & CEO, at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization working in U.S. and India using multi-media, popular culture, leadership development and community mobilization strategies to prevent gender-based violence promote values of dignity, equality and justice. Sohini leads strategies for Breakthrough and works on helping it transform into a professional organisation and scale-up globally. Prior to this, Sohini had helped found an organization working with women, worked directly with grassroots communities on livelihoods projects and built market-artisan interfaces. Before joining Breakthrough, Sohini spent 10 years at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, an international organization building an ecosystem for social entrepreneurs, first ramping up the India program and then working on institution building for Ashoka in South Asia. Sohini was also instrumental in helping set up Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) in India, an offshoot of EVPA in Asia. Sohini has interest and years of experience in theatre and dance and loves cooking, reading, handicrafts & handlooms and travelling. Sohini sits on the board of 4 grassroots organisations in India and is a Trustee of Read India, a sister concern of Read Global, creating community-led sustainable libraries.