Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences: A human rights-based approach to combatting online violence against women as human rights violations

Panel Discussion | October 17 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 110 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Alexa Koenig, Human Rights Center; Dubravka Simonovic, United Nations

 Danielle Cass, Amnesty International

 Human Rights Center

Special Rapporteur Simonovic, the Human Rights Center's Alexa Koenig and Amnesty International's Danielle Cass will address the need for tech companies to more effectively prevent and respond to rampant online violence against women and girls, and to establish transparent, more effective complaint mechanisms to better protect them from online abuse. The Special Prosecutor's new report calls for strengthening cooperation with the private sector to help companies better incorporate human rights standards within their policies, and raising awareness of the problem among NGO's, states, tech companies and academic institutions.

Simonović was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences in June 2015. She headed the Human Rights Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia, was posted as the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations in New York, and has served as the Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and as a member of the UNIFEM Consultative Committee. She holds a PhD in family law from the University of Zagreb. Alexa Koenig is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law. She co-founded the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains undergraduate and graduate students to use cutting-edge open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability and is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Future Global Council on Technology and Human Rights. She holds a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from Berkeley Law. Danielle Cass is the Director of Silicon Valley Initiative at Amnesty International and worked previously as the Silicon Valley / San Francisco Tech Sector Liaison for the USAID's U.S. Global Development Lab.

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