Global Women's Rights Forum

logo for Global Women's Rights Forum a female Venus symbol with a raised fist in the circleThe Global Women’s Rights Forum joins the celebrations and legacies of resistance centered on March 8th, International Women’s Day. The focus is global women’s rights, privileging and devoting special attention to the contexts and perspectives of women from marginalized cultures and displaced communities, outside and inside the United States.

2019 Schedule

Tuesday, March 5

Exploring Body Image: Faith, Culture, & Consumption (Student Workshop)

9:55 - 11:40 a.m. - McLaren Complex

What does it mean if my body is a temple? Join us for an interactive workshop where we will explore personal and social conceptions of body image through the lens of faith traditions, cultural practices, and consumption.

Tour of "Jenifer K Wofford: Limning the Liminal" (Led by Glori Simmons, Gallery Director)

12 - 12:30 p.m. - Thacher Gallery

Join the gallery for a tour to explore the themes of Limning the Liminal, an exhibition in which artist Jenifer K Wofford renders experiences at the threshold from an intercultural perspective.

Feminism in the Age of Big Data: Towards an Intersectional Data Justice (Panel)

12:45 - 2:30 p.m. - McLaren Complex

Data collection is often associated with mass surveillance and the shady workings of companies like Facebook, or the pleasures of self-tracking through Fitbits and other wearable devices. Without a doubt, personal data is valuable to corporations, advertisers, governments, and users alike. In this panel, Professor Anna Lauren Hoffmann (University of Washington), Professor Niloufar Salehi (UC Berkeley), and Professor Tamara Kneese (USF), leading human computer interaction scholars explore the possibilities for making data more equitable. How can designers better consider the needs of diverse users when building platforms? What does feminist data justice look like?

Trans Women's Role in Modern-Day Activism (Panel/Conversation)

2:40 4:25 p.m. - McLaren Complex

Transgender women, despite recent media attention, have been battling for basic human rights for decades. Join prominent activists Julia Serano and Aria Sa'id as they discuss their entrance points into the trans liberation movement, daily obstacles faced on the basis of self-determined gender identities, and recommendations toward creating an intersectional feminist movement that includes all bodies.

Wednesday, March 6

Black Women’s Activism in Brazil and BLM” (Panel)

9:15 – 11:35 a.m. - McLaren Complex

Moderated by Professor Cecilia Santos (USF), this panel will bring together three international and local activists and scholars - Anielle Franco (Human Rights Activist, Maré Community, Rio de Janeiro), Lúcia Xavier (coordinator of CRIOLA, Rio de Janeiro), and Professor Tianna Paschel (UC Berkeley) – to discuss State violence and Black women’s organizing for justice in Brazil and their connections to US-based movements like Black Lives Matter.

Feeding A Thousand Souls: Guided Walk and Interviews with Kōlam Artists (Led by Prof. Vijaya Nagarajan)

11:45 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. - McLaren Complex

Join Prof. Nagarajan as she introduces the art and ritual of kōlam and interviews the artists creating these designs on campus. The exhibition is in conjunction with the recent publication of her book, Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India -- An Exploration of the Kōlam. The tour will begin at McLaren and end at the Sculpture Terrace with a reception.

"Me Too" is Everywhere (Screening & Panel)

1 - 3:20 p.m. - McLaren Complex

In this hybrid screening and conversation panel, we will spend the first hour screening the Emmy nominated documentary “Rape in the Fields.” During the second hour, investigative reporters Bernice Yeung (ProPublica, CIR) and Tara Duggan (San Francisco Chronicle) will discuss the sexual violence and intimidation endured by some of the most vulnerable working women: farmworkers, custodians, restaurant workers. Although much of this reporting preceded “#MeToo,” high profile cases have brought new attention to the working conditions for hundreds of thousands of blue collar women.


6 – 7 p.m. - McLaren Complex

Join us for food and drinks as we celebrate the 18th annual Global Women’s Rights Forum.

Tipped Workers and Sexual Harassment (Keynote by Saru Jayaraman)

7 - 8 p.m. - McLaren Complex

Join us for a keynote by UC Berkeley Professor Saru Jayaraman, director of Center for Labor and Education, as she discussed the intersections of low-wage labor and sexual harassment in the food industry.

Thursday, March 7

#NotHim: Feminist Resistance to the Rise of the Far-Right in Brazil (lecture)

9:55-11:40 a.m. - McLaren Hall 251

Brazilians have recently elected a far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain. In this lecture, Brazilian Anthropologist Rosana Pinheiro-Machado will discuss the crucial role that women have played in the organization of resistance against the rise of the far-right in Brazil. She will draw on ethnographic research on the ‘feminist spring’, carried out in collaboration with Dr. Lúcia Scalco, examining how such a new wave of feminism in the country has been fundamental to foster the #NotHim (#EleNão) movement against Bolsonaro. This event is presented by Latin American Studies in conjunction with the Global Women's Rights Forum.

Women's Rights and Drumming: Kasiva Mutua on Promoting Women in Percussion

7 - 9 p.m. - Presentation Theater

Join us for a lively performance and discussion of Global Women’s Rights and Music. Hear performances from USF students at the Music Showcase, followed by an “informance” featuring internationally acclaimed Kenyan percussionist Kasiva Mutua, who will discuss how she overcame challenges as a female percussionist and created a musical group to advance women’s rights. Kasiva returns to USF as part of PASJ’s partner-in-residence @gstepsmusic to work with their dynamic global collective of women artists working in social change, from Venezuela, Armenia, Singapore, Sudan, Serbia and the U.S..