November Feminist Friday | Ms. Shoko Hanzawa

Ms. Shoko Hanzawa, of International Student Services, will discuss the topic of human rights of refugees with a focus on protecting women and girls.

Date & Time:

Friday, November 15, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Free and open to the public


Luann Dummer Center for Women

O'Shaughnessy Educational Center, Room 103

Map & Directions

Refreshments and a light snack will be provided

Ms. Hanzawa spent three years working with refugees and other persons of concern, and will reflect on the experiences she had in Thailand working with refugees from Burma, post-Balkan War Croatia, and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Ms. Hanzawa will also reflect on the difficulties UN female workers face working in the field of humanitarian affairs. She will present scenarios of actual cases of refugee women’s rights violations around the world and invite participants to discuss solutions.


Ms. Hanzawa was originally from Japan. Received MIA in International Affairs from Columbia University. Worked for 3 years with UNHCR – 2 years in Croatia and 1 year in Afghanistan. Worked for the Embassy of Japan in Myanmar (Burma) as Program Coordinator. Worked for 2+ years with the United Nations Association of Minnesota as Program Coordinator. She is Office Coordinator at International Student Services at St. Thomas.

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