University of Wisconsin–Madison

J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Lecture

The J. Jobe and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa lecture supports regular lectures on contemporary issues of global significance. For more than a decade, this fund has brought renowned women from across the globe to lecture and meet with classes. Holders of the lectureship have included well-known “grassroots” leaders in the struggle for human rights and international understanding.

2018 Lecture

“Gender Inclusion for Lasting Peace”

4 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2018, Chazen Museum of Art

May Sabe Phyu

May Sabe Phyu is a passionate and committed advocate for women’s rights and gender equality in Myanmar. She works actively in the areas of the prevention of violence against women, law reform, and women’s engagement to bring peace. Her determination in the face of adversity—political opposition, widely held and rigid views about women’s roles, and personal risk—inspire others to push for government policy changes and to join collective actions to recognize and realize women’s right to live in peace. She is the director of the Gender Equality Network (GEN), a coalition of more than 130 organizations collaborating to advocate for women’s rights to end discrimination against women and ethnic and religious minorities since 2011. She also co-founded the Kachin Peace Network (KPN) and Kachin Women Peace Network (KWPN) to raise awareness of the human cost of conflict and to advocate for peace and reconciliation. Currently, she is studying at Harvard Kennedy School of Government for one year Mid-Career Master of Public Administration program as a Mason fellow.
Event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
The 2018 Soffa Lecture is presented in conjunction with the third annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being and the 41st Wisconsin Women and Gender Studies Conference.

About the lecture

Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa ’46 established this fund to support an annual public lecture on a contemporary issue of global significance by a distinguished woman in international public life. The lecture is sponsored by the International Division, with current co-sponsors including the Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, and 4W Initiative.

Past speakers

2017: Vandana Shiva, “Women Lead the Way: From Violence to Non-Violence, from Greed to Sharing, From Hate to Love”
2015: Renana Jhavala, “Structural Inequalities and Poverty: Organizing for Economic Rights in India”
2014: Jean Geran, “Right to Identity: Child Abandonment, Trafficking, Migration and Protection”
2013: Sahar Elmougy, “Resurgence of the Feminine: Transformation of Egyptian Psyche,”
2012: Fatima Sadiqi, “North African Women’s Rights in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring”
2012: Thulisile Madonsela, “Righting State Wrongs: Enforcing the South African Constitution through the office of the Public Protector”
2010: Luz María de la Mora Sánchez, “Latin America’s New Stature in the Global Economy”
2010: Yakin Ertürk, “Universalizing Women’s Human Rights: The Quest for Gender-Just Peace”