The XX Factor: Town Hall on Women's Rights

Thursday, October 4, 2012

The XX Factor: Town Hall on Women's Rights

presented by Amnesty International USA and the Embrey Family Foundation

Thursday, October 4, 2012
10 am – 7 pm


  • Connect with front line activists on the current and future state of women's rights
  • Engage with issue experts on what's at stake for women's and girl's rights in the 2012 elections
  • Take action and make a difference
  • Network with the community of women's rights leaders

You can register with sliding-scale fees. Registration required to attend, space is limited.

Program Highlights

  • Lunch with keynote remarks by Eve Ensler
  • Interactive panel discussions on critical international and domestic women's rights issues
  • Networking reception included
  • Remote participation of thousands of Amnesty International members via LiveStream broadcast

10am-11:30am: Congressional Briefing on Afghan Women: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill
In conjunction with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Rep. Donna Edwards, AIUSA will hold a Congressional Briefing on the urgent need for an action plan to secure Afghan women's rights and protect and advance gains made by Afghan women and girls in education, health, security, employment, and other human rights.

Panelist: Hasina Safi, Executive Director, the Afghanistan Women's Education Centre (AWEC) and Executive Board Member, Afghan Women's Network
Panelist: Mahbouba Seraj, Founder and Director, Organization for Research in Peace and Solidarity and Executive Board Member, Afghan Women's Network
Moderator: Cristina Finch, AIUSA Program Director, Women's Human Rights


12:00pm-1:30pm: Luncheon with keynote address: 1777 F Street NW
Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, activist, author of The Vagina Monologues, and founder of V-Day will deliver a keynote address on women's human rights.

Master of Ceremonies: Keli Goff, author and political analyst
Opening Remarks: Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA
Keynote Introduction by: Michelle Goldberg, author and senior contributing writer for The Daily Beast/Newsweek


1:45pm-3:15pm: Rights and Representation: Charting the global women's rights agenda 1777 F Street NW
How can the challenges of advancing women's rights be met in the context of complex and halting transitions in the Middle East and North Africa? How will the role of religion impact advances in women's rights? Join us as we discuss societies in transition across the globe, the obstacles and openings that these transitions present to further women's rights and the lessons learned from other regions.

Panelist: Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director, Global Women's Leadership Initiative at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Panelist: Beatrice Mukansinga, Founder, Mbwirandumva
Panelist: Jenni Williams, Founder, Women of Zimbabwe Arise
Panelist: A representative from the Afghan Women's Network
Moderator: Lauren Wolfe, journalist and Director of Women's Media Center's "Women Under Siege" project


3:30pm-5pm: Steps Forward and Back: Women's Rights at Home 1777 F Street NW
What objectives and goals should form the centerpiece of the women's rights agenda over the next four years? How can the women's rights movement captivate and mobilize the rising generation to help secure these rights. Join us as we focus on the critical issue of women's economic status, reproductive freedom and the importance of women's political participation in the 2012 election and beyond.

Panelist: Sam Bennett, President and CEO, Women's Campaign Fund/She Should Run
Panelist: Linda Hirshman, lawyer, feminist scholar, author and retired Allen/Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Brandeis University
Panelist: Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, Choice USA
Moderator: Alisa Roadcup, Director of U.S. Advocacy and Development, Heshima Kenya and Member of Amnesty International's Women's Human Rights Coordination Group


Networking Reception: 5:00pm-7:00pm: 1777 F Street NW


Questions? Contact Julia Drost at [email protected] or 202-675-8758.


Check out highlights from last year's XX Factor event.

1777 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States