Beltina Gjeloshi (Graduate Assistant, Global Development and Peace), March 26, 2015Every year on March 25, the United Nations honors victims of over 400 years of slave trade designated as International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, two Global Development and Peace (GLDP) students attended an NGO briefing on women and the slave trade at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Chaired by Ms Gaynel Curry, Gender and Women’s Rights Advisor in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Ms. Curry will be coming to UB to participate in a colloquium on the evening of 8 April 2015), four distinguished panelists discussed the history of slave trade and its impact on women’s rights today.
Panelists included Françoise Verges (Chair of “Global South” at the College of Global Studies at University of Paris), Margaret Washington (Associate Professor at Cornell University), Eola Dance (the Northeast Regional Network to Freedom (NTF) Program Coordinator and a 14-year National Park Service employee), and Liz Maurer (Director of Programs for National Women’s History Museum and Editor-in-Chief of Journal for Museum Education). Questions from the audience were included reparations, and facing the challenges of modern day slavery, especially trafficking of women and girls across borders.
Hannah Moeckel and Beltina Gjeloshi (GLDP) were accompanied by Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development and Chair of the M.A. in Global Development and Peace.
University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations.