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"The Making of International Human Rights"

Speaker: Steven L.B. Jensen, The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Monday, November 6
210 Illini Union

Light refreshments served after talk

Events This Week

"Natural Disasters, Governmental Duties and Food Emergencies"

Speaker: Hilal Elver, S.J.D., United Nations Special Rapporteur

Tuesday, November 7
Monsanto Room, ACES Library

Hilal Elver, S.J.D. is a professor of law and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food since June 2014. She is a Research Professor, at the UC Santa Barbara, and global distin-guished fellow at the UCLA Law School Resnicks Food Law and Policy Center. She started her teaching career at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law, then she was appointed UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. Since then she has been teaching various Universities in Europe and the United States. Besides her teaching career, she has done extensive work with governmental and international organiza-tions, as well as human rights and environmental NGOs. Her publications have focused mainly on international environmental law, international human rights law, particularly women’s rights and right to food. Among her publications Peaceful Uses of International Rivers: Euphrates and Tigris River Basins published in (2002); The Headscarf Controversy, Secularism and Freedom of Religion pub-lished in 2012 by the Oxford University Press, and her most recent Co-edited book with Paul Wapner, Reimagining Climate Change was published in 2016.

Part of the Fall 2017 "Right to Food, Food Assistance, and the Biological Consequences of Malnutrition" Seminar Series

Co-sponsored by the Division of Nutritional Sciences and International Food Security at Illinois


"The Uncondemned" Film Screening

Wednesday, November 8
114 David Kinley Hall

Sponsored by: Department of Political Science
Co-sponsored by WGGP

"The Uncondemned" tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity. A courtroom thriller and personal human drama, "The Uncondemned" beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial at an international criminal court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever. 





"Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh" Film Screening

Wednesday, November 8
The Art Theater Co-op, 126 W. Church St.

Sponsored by: The Land Conservation Foundation and the Illinois Program in Law and Philosophy
Co-sponsored by WGGP


“Promises, Mandates, and Social Norms: Title IX at 45”

Speaker: Fatima Goss Graves, President of the National Women's Law Center

Thursday, November 9
12 Noon
College of Law Auditorium

Sponsored by: College of Law

Upcoming Events


December Speaker
Professor Madhu Viswanathan
Diane and Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair of Business

Wednesday, Dec. 6
345 Armory Building,
505 E. Armory Avenue, C.
Light refreshments will be served




Each monthly event will offer a short presentation from our featured speaker about his/her research and work and then allow time to visit with faculty and graduate student to share ideas and meet others from across campus.

Faculty Affiliate News

WGGP currently has 69 Faculty Affiliates from 11 Colleges and Schools.


To learn more about about our Faculty Affiliates, please our people page


If you are a WGGP Faculty Affiliate and you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at or (217) 333-6221.


Alumni Spotlight

Annie Contractor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumnna

GRID Minor, 2015
Master's in Urban and Regional Planning, 2015

Current Position

My current position is Special Projects Manager for Wyoming-based nonprofit, "Climb Wyoming"

See full interview here

Spring 2018 Courses


WGGP Spring 2018 Course Electives List NOW Available

Go to course page


Spring 2018 Course List pdf

WGGP Courses

WGGP 581 Gender Relations & International Development (64395) credit: 4 hours.

Interdisciplinary seminar examining theoretical and empirical research on gender and the transformation of social and economic structures. Students will develop a comparative perspective on issues of women and public policy by contrasting and comparing such policies in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Same as GWS 512 and SOCW 581.

Course will be held Thursdays 2:00-4:50pm

For more information about the GRID Course or the GRID Minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at


GLBL 340 Global Health: Policy & Governance credit: 3 hours.
Identifies central and emerging global health issues and analyzes them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. Focuses on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Prerequisite: GLBL 240 or consent of instructor.

63807 Lecture-Discussion
A 11:00 AM- 12:15 PM   Tuesday/Thursday                 330 - Armory               Sugrue, N

In this course, we use a set of interdisciplinary readings and discussions to identify central and emerging issues in the study of global health and analyze them through the lenses of governance, policy and gender. We focus on structural, policy, and institutional perspectives on global health, with emphasis on how decisions are influenced and made. Pre-req: GLBL 240 or consent of instructor.

Other Courses of Interest
WGGP Graduate Minor and Undergraduate Certificate

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address global human security and gender equity issues in research and policy analysis, as well as daily life. In this age of global economic transformation, it is especially necessary for researchers and practitioners to examine who gains and who loses from new policies, to assess the disparities in the impacts of reforms on women, men, and children, and to study the successful strategies and policies that appear.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at or by phone at 333-6221.



Certificate in

Global Health

Joint WGGP and LAS Global Studies


Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the Global Health Certificate including upcoming information sessions is available here.

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