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Lunch with the Expert featuring Viviana Waisman ’95, President and CEO of Women’s Link Worldwide

October 22 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a fireside chat with Viviana Waisman ’95.

Viviana Waisman ’95 founded Women’s Link in 2001 in response to her perception that there is a need to create and disseminate new mechanisms for the application of human rights standards to advance women’s rights in court. Viviana is responsible for leading the organization with offices in Spain and Colombia and with staff in the United States, Uganda, and Kenya. She is responsible for managing and raising funds for the entire organization. In addition, she leads and participates in investigations, litigation, and training in different areas that include the rights of migrant women, human trafficking, sexual and reproductive rights, international gender crimes, and intersectional discrimination.

Viviana is an expert in women’s rights and international human rights law. His publications include: The Prosecution of Sexual and Gender Crimes in the National Courts of Argentina  (Human Rights Quarterly, Johns Hopkins Univerity Press); Human Trafficking: State Obligations to Protect Victims Rights, the Current Framework and a New Due Diligence Standard, (Hastings International and Comparative Law Review); Closing the gap: women’s access to justice; Reproductive Rights 2000: Moving Forward (editor); Women of the World Anglophone Africa: Laws and Policies Affecting their Reproductive Lives (coordinator and editor), and Women behind bars: Abortion Law in Chile, an analysis from human rights (author of one of the chapters).

It has also participated and organized different international meetings and conferences related to human trafficking, sexual and reproductive rights and international gender crimes. These forums include: conferences on sexual and reproductive rights and strategies to improve access to safe abortion in Uganda and Tanzania and trainings for judges, judges, and prosecutors on the incorporation of gender crimes in cases that are being prosecuted in Argentina for crimes committed during the military dictatorship. Viviana was part of the Third Group of Experts of the European Commission on Human Trafficking (2011-2015). In the 2012-2013 academic year, she was selected as a Wasserstein Fellow from Harvard Law School. Currently, Viviana is an Ashoka Fellow since 2016.

Before founding Women’s Link, Viviana worked as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund, as a lawyer for the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, and as an associate at the Gray, Cary, Ware, and Frienderich law firm in San Diego (United States). ).

Viviana has a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, a Juris Doctor from the University of California Hastings School of Law (San Francisco, United States), and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Viviana’s family is originally from Argentina. She resides in Madrid.

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October 22
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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San Francisco, CA United States

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