Skip to content


News Posted on March 24, 2017

Professor Bennoune Speaks at Events during UN Commission on the Status of Women

Professor Karima Bennoune traveled to New York City to speak at a series of events during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, including the “CSW61: Faith and Feminism Roundtable.” Accompanying Professor Bennoune was King Hall student Jasjot Maan ’18.

Bennoune, who is the UN’s Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, presented her recent UN report on Fundamentalism, Extremism and Cultural Rights. (The full report is available for download here.) She focused on the detrimental effect that religious and cultural fundamentalisms have on the realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment and spoke to the importance of addressing such fundamentalisms within UN institutions, including by supporting women human rights defenders on the frontlines of these issues.

Bennoune also delivered opening remarks at “Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights,” a March 14 event hosted by the Women’s Learning Partnership in conjunction with the UN Commission on the Status of Women session.

Karima Bennoune is an author, lecturer, teacher, and international law scholar as well as the first Arab-American to be honored with the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2014, she was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, now available in paperback from W.W. Norton & Company. In October 2015, she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.  She was recently presented with the 2016 Rights and Leadership Award by IANGEL, the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law.