Depending on where in the world they're living, lesbians and other women who do not marry can face repression from their families, communities and governments.
A panel discussion on that topic, titled "Lesbian Rights/Human Rights: Theory and Practice Around the World," will be held on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Rm. 119 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. The event, which is open to the public free of charge, is part of the "Sexuality in Global Perspective Series" sponsored by the Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies Committee and the Office of the Provost.
The panel will feature experts from different regions who will outline some of the legal, political, social, and economic issues that face lesbians and other women who do not marry in their part of the world. The panelists will also speak about how some women's organizations are using human rights as a larger framework for protecting unmarried women from repression.
The panelists will include Kagendo Murungi, research associate for Africa and Asia on the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Rachel Rosenbloom, author of "Unspoken Rules: Sexual Orientation and Women's Human Rights"; and Rebeca Alvarez Altalef, a human rights activist from Guatemala who was recently granted asylum in the United States on the basis of her sexual orientation.
For further information, call 432-7737 or 432-7737.