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Presentations focus on protecting women from human rights abuses, April 4

head of a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting women facing human rights abuses will give two presentations on campus on Thursday, April 4.

Layli Miller, director of the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, Va., will discuss "Do They Hear You When You Cry: Women's Struggle for Rights" at 12:30 p.m. in the West Room of Murray-Dodge Hall. She will focus on "Achieving the Equality of Women and Men: Transforming Rhetoric Into Reality Through Law and Transformation" at 4:30 p.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Frist Campus Center.

Miller is a lawyer who assisted in the high-profile case involving Fauziya Kassindja, a young woman from Togo who was seeking refuge in the United States from the tribal practice of female genital mutilation. The asylum that the U.S. government eventually granted Kassindja set legal precedent. The case is chronicled in a book by Miller and Kassindja titled "Do They Hear You When You Cry?"

Lunch will be served during the first presentation; those planning to attend are asked to reserve a place by calling 986-7416. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The events are sponsored by the Bahá'í Club , Undergraduate Student Government , Woodrow Wilson School , Center for Community Service , Office of Religious Life , Women's Center , Organization of Women Leaders , Program in the Study of Women and Gender , International Center and Third World Center .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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