Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey

About the film:

In the last two decades, emphasis on military-centered security has given rise to unprecedented challenges for human rights defenders. The push for “hard security” has increasingly taken priority over human rights protections at all levels of governance and policy making. This approach has failed to promote peace or guarantee individual safety or national security.

Human Rights: The Unfinished Journey chronicles the history of the human rights movement and explores the need for a holistic understanding of universal human rights. It presents a compelling case on why human rights should be placed at the center of national and international policy making.

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December 10, 2015: Screening at Busboys and Poets @ TAKOMA

September 14, 2015: The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security

March 10, 2015: Rethinking Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century; Press Release


Executive Director
Collective for Research and Training
on Development–Action (CRTD-A)

 No amount of security, by itself, will save us from terrorism. What we need is to bring about change - real change. It has to come through education; it has to come through empowering people; it has to come through alleviating poverty. There are so many means of bringing knowledge to people, bringing a sense of oneness with the other, a sense of empathy. The answer is action, solidarity, and idealism.
— Mahnaz Afkhami, President, WLP

Founder & President
Women’s Learning Partnership

Executive Director
Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Founding Director & Senior Scholar
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Rutgers University

Former member of the Council of Europe:
Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT)
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Senator in the Parliament of Jordan
Secretary General of the Jordanian
National Commission for Women

Deputy Executive Director
Human Rights Watch

Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law
Former UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues

Member of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia
Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund
Saudi Arabia

Founder and President, CEPIA
Former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Brazil

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change
Former President of Ireland
Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Rainlake Productions
Director: Deb Bergeron / Producers: Deb Bergeron, Kim Connell & Kelly Sheehan
Design: Xanthus Design, Washington, DC
© Copyright 2015 Women’s Learning Partnership
ISBN 978-1-939525-68-0

Running time: 26 minutes


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