GENDER, RIGHTS AND ADOLESCENT AGENCY: Some Reflections from Recent Research

Event date: 05.06.2017 Time: 16:00 Hall: Lecture Room 414 Organizer: Gender Studies Speaker: Jacqueline Bhabha

For many years Jacqueline Bhabha has worked on issues of human rights and migration with a focus on gender and child related challenges; over the last decade she has also done research on economic and social rights, particularly focused on preventing harms such as exploitation, exclusion and violence that so often trigger migration and the vulnerabilities that result.

The presentation will discuss some of Jacqueline Bhabha’s recent research in India on strategies for reducing exposure to violence and exploitation, and for increasing access to higher education among low caste and otherwise marginalized girls and young women. Lecturer’s reflections will address the challenge of combining top down reform and policy making with bottom up organizing, agency and norm change.

The Article in the HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY journal "Champions: The Realities of Realizing the Right to Education in India" by Orla Kelly, Jacqueline Bhabha, & Aditi Krishna


Jacqueline Bhabha is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. She is Director of Research at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a first class honors degree and a M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the College of Law in London.

From 1997 to 2001 she directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She is the editor of Children Without A State (2011), author of Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age (, Princeton University Press, 2014), and the editor of Human Rights and Adolescence (UPenn Press, 2014).

She serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies.

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