Human Rights Series
Feminists for Nonviolent Choices hosts an annual event with a focus on human rights issues specific to women/girls.
In 2020, our Spring Series was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. We hope to reschedule our speaker, Jennifer Lahl, president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. She will speak on Gestational Surrogacy.
In 2019, we explored the intersectionality of the violence of poverty and population health. The film The Raising of America: Wounded Places was screened. John Strazzabosco, author of Ninety Feet Under held a book signing.
In 2010, we brought in Jennifer Lahl and Eggsploitation, a film which documented the commodification of human eggs within the infertility industry.
In 2018, our Spring event focused on women in prison who are able to keep their babies with them. We dialogued with local members of the Judicial Process Commission. This event was co-sponsored by Nazareth College Public Health Program.
Our 2016 event focused on Disability Justice and featured TEDx speaker and disability justice advocate, Karen Gaffney; Stephanie Woodward of The Center for Disability Rights; Matt Giordano, composer, director and expert on Tourette Syndrome; and Barbara VanHerreweghe, President of SOFT (Support Organization For Trisomy).
In lieu of our normal series, we celebrated our 25th anniversary in March 2015 with the help of actress Margaret Colin. Click here to read more about our 25th Anniversary.
The March 2014 topic was the sexual objectification of our culture, especially that of women and girls, and featured international journalist and activist Melinda Tankard Reist; a film screening of Sexy Baby; a multimedia art gallery & exhibit; high school and college engagements; and a community call to action. Click here to be directed to the event website.
Our 2013 event on domestic and international sex trafficking was instrumental in the formation of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
In 2012, Reggie Littlejohn from Women Without Frontiers came to speak about the enormity of gendercide, the systematic killing of girls.
In 2011, Donna Ecker spoke about domestic violence and helped raise funds for women and children transitioning between Bethany House and independent living.