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Step Up to Stop Violence Against Women


Step Up to Stop Violence Against Women

The UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Every Woman Treaty invite you to join us at a landmark event launching the Every Woman Treaty in the East Bay.

4:30 Reception

5:30 Program

Violence against women and girls is the most pervasive human rights violation on earth. Women suffer from physical, sexual or psychological harm, including threats, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty. It occurs in all countries, across all races, and takes place in private and in public.

This violence has devastating consequences on the survivor, all those close to her, her community, and ultimately her nation. Violence against women fuels global crises such as drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, infant mortality, and poverty. Economically, the cost is staggering: 5.5 percent of the global economy or 4.7 trillion dollars per year. 

Despite the size and scope of the problem, violence against women is solvable. Research shows that when nations take clear, evidence-based steps toward women’s safety, rates of violence plummet.

How do we get nations to take these steps? A global WHO treaty.


Lisa Shannon, MPA, HonPhD | Cofounder, CEO, Every Woman Treaty

Lisa is a women’s rights activist and scholar who has worked in women’s rights since 1991. Her first job out of college was in domestic violence shelters in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She has conducted field research on gender in India, Russia, Somalia, Iraq, Guatemala, Kenya, and Congo. She is known for initiating campaigns in the international women’s movement, including founding Run for Congo Women and cofounding the first sexual violence crisis center in Mogadishu, Somalia. She is the author of the award-winning A Thousand Sisters (Seal Press, 2010) and Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen (Public Affairs, 2015). Lisa was a Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights (2013–2014), and a Gleitsman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership (2012–2013) at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Georgetown University (2013).

Charlie Clements, MD, MPH | Cofounder, Steering Committee Member, Every Woman Treaty

Charlie is a human rights activist and public health physician. As president of Physicians for Human Rights he attended both the treaty signing in Ottawa and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies a week later in Oslo for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He has served as executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was an adjunct lecturer in public policy, and a faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Early in his career, Charlie worked as a physician in rural villages during the civil war in El Salvador, an experience recounted in Witness to War (Bantam, 1985). He is cofounder of the Salvadoran Medical Relief Fund and Pax Americas, a political action committee. In 1992, he was a special guest at the signing of the peace accords that ended the Salvadoran Civil War. He is currently Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Joint Physician Assistant and Public Health Program at Touro University California.

Francisco Rivera, JD, LLM | Steering Committee Member, Every Woman Treaty

Francisco Rivera is a human rights attorney, law professor, and founding director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University in California. He specializes in the Inter-American Human Rights System and was a senior staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights of the Organization of American States, seated in Costa Rica. He has been a consultant for a number of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), as well as for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR). In the late 1990s, he served as executive director of the Amnesty International Section in Puerto Rico. Francisco joined the Every Woman Treaty Working Group in 2015 and chaired the Expert Special Committee on Governing Bodies.

This event is sponsored by the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Advocacy Initiative.

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