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Soffa Distinguished International Visitor

March 18, 2010

Yakin Ertürk, former UN special rapporteur on violence against women, spoke at the annual lecture.

Yakin Ertürk, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, at the UN Human Rights Council in January 2007. Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP), 2007

Yakin Ertürk, former UN special rapporteur on violence against women, spoke at the annual lecture.

Yakin Ertürk is this year’s distinguished speaker for the J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor Fund lecture. Ertürk,  professor of sociology and head of the Gender and Women’s Studies Programme at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, will be discussing  “Universalizing Women’s Human Rights: The Quest for Gender-Just Peace,” in the AT&T Lounge of the Pyle Center at 4 p.m. on March 18.

As part of her visit to UW–Madison, Ertürk will also attend the “New Perspectives on Gender and Human Security Workshop.”

Yakin Ertürk, who holds a PhD in development sociology from Cornell University, is a professor of sociology and the head of the Gender and Women’s Studies Programme at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.  She also taught at the Centre for Girls, at King Saud University in Riyadh from 1979 to 1982 and from 1979 to 1981 served as its chair.

Between 1997 and 1999 she was director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) for the United Nations in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She then served as director of the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at its headquarters in New York from 1999 to 2001. In August 2003, she was appointed special rapporteur for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on violence against women, its causes and consequences, a post she occupied until December 2009. She was elected by the ministers of the Council of Europe to serve a four-year term in the European Committee on the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

Ertürk has worked for many national and international agencies on rural development and women in development projects. Her academic areas of interest include: international human rights regimes; identity politics, conflict and violence against women; globalization and population movements; household labor use patterns; and women in development.

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