May 16, 2016 Live Panel Discussion-NOTE: REGISTRATION HAS NOW CLOSED.

Join Harvard Alumni for Global Women's Empowerment on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 11:30am-1:30pm CDT in Chicago* for lunch and an expert panel discussion on the trafficking and sexual enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women and girls by ISIS, as recently covered by the New York Times in ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape and To Maintain its Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control. A panel of experts will join us both in Chicago and remotely on-screen to discuss the sitaution facing the Yazidis, and ongoing efforts to help. After the discussion, the panelists will take questions from our audience. 

Panelists include: Sareta Ashraph, Chief Analyst, UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic (joining from Geneva, Switzerland); Adlay Kejjan, member of the Yazidi community and Yazda representative; Sajida Shroff, Harvard GlobalWE Vice President/Board Member and CEO Altamont Group (Education Advisory & Investment) (joining from Dubai, UAE); and Matthew Barber, University of Chicago PhD student and Iraq Executive Director of Yazda (tentatively joining from Iraq**).  The panel will be moderated by Farzeen Tariq, Harvard GlobalWE Advisory Council member, current Northwestern Law School student, and women's rights advocate.

*A limited number of remote participants will be selected to view the event online; see below for details.

** We hope that Matthew Barber will be able to join us, however his attendance is tentative due to the ever-changing situation in Iraq.


Please see our online invitation for more details



Monday, May 16, 2016



11:30am-1:30pm CDT (4:30pm-6:30pm UTC)



Buffet luncheon (11:30am-12pm) and panel discussion (12pm-1:30pm)



Sidley Austin, 1 S. Dearborn, 37th Floor, Chicago

Note: Security is very strict at this location. All visitors will need to be registered for this event in advance, and a photo ID is required for entry.



A limited number of individuals and groups will be selected to view the event remotely online. Registration information below.


Due to the need to provide names to building security in advance, registration for this event has now closed.


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