USD Hosts Discussion on the Impact of Conflict on Children

On Monday, May 9, 2011, Radhika Coomaraswamy, who in April 2006 was named United Nations (U.N.) Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, will address the many challenges in protecting boys and girls affected by armed conflict. Coomarswamy works with governments and armed groups to prevent the recruitment of child soldiers, protect children from trafficking in conflict zones, and reintegrate young people into society who have been forced into taking up arms.
Coomaraswamy, a lawyer by training and formerly the chairperson of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, served previously as U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (1994 to 2003), in which she reported to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on violence in the family, violence in the community, violence against women during armed conflict and the problem of international trafficking. She has served as a member of the Global Faculty of the New York University School of Law and has published widely, including two books on constitutional law and numerous articles on ethnic studies and the status of women.

Coomaraswamy has won many awards including the International Law Award of the American Bar Association, the Human Rights Award of the International Human Rights Law Group, and the Leo Ettinger Human Rights Prize of the University of Oslo.

The event is free and open to the public and to the press, but registration is required here.

WHO: Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict

WHAT: Ms. Coomaraswamy will present a lecture on protecting children from the consequences of armed conflict

WHERE: University of San Diego
Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
Diego, CA

WHEN: Monday, May 9, 2011 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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