Human Rights Conference

A Reflection on The 21st Annual UNIS Human Rights Conference by UNIS students

The UNIS Human Rights club hosted its 21st annual Conference at UNIS and UNHQ (UN Headquarters) on January 10 and 11, 2019. The topic was Defending Women’s Rights: Gender Justice.

The conference opened with a welcome message from our Executive Director, Dr. Dan Brenner. Then, after the Keynote speaker, students attended workshops- some student led and others from outside experts. 

Day two of the conference began with an inspirational message from the Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Ms Carmelyn P. Malalis. It was refreshing listening to her because of how she engaged the audience and challenged students to raise their voice to address youth based issues and concerns. The conference culminated with a variety of student produced PSA video messages they created in small mixed groups.

The success of the conference is credited to UNIS student organizers and thanks to guest speakers and panelists for their contributions. We would also like to thank Mr. Baha, Mr. Staccone and Ms. Bertrand for guiding us through this experience. Finally, we are grateful to the office of the SRSG for UNIS for their invaluable and continued support.