Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa“Women and children are oppressed all over the world. If we can shine a light on issues that matter to them, we can take steps to make their lives better.” –Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa

Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa (‘46 BA L&S) established an annual public lecture series in 2001 to be given by a distinguished woman in international public life about contemporary issues of global significance. Presenters have included renowned and well-known “grassroots” leaders in the struggle for human rights and international understanding. The lecture was coordinated by the Office of International Studies and Programs until the Human Rights Program was created in 2013.

Recent Lecture:   

"The Dance of feminism with Human Rights: Reflections on Three Decades of Global Women's Human Rights Organizing"

Charlotte BunchCharlotte Bunch

Founding Director and Senior Scholar at the Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Thursday, October 3, 2019
4:00 - 6:00pm 
Alumni Lounge, Pyle Center
Lecture with a reception to follow

This event is FREE and open to the general public but for planning purposes please register on Eventbrite

Sponsored by: 

The J. Jobe Soffa and Marguerite Jacqmin Soffa Distinguished International Visitor Fund, The Human Rights Program, Global Legal Studies Center, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the International Division.

About Professor Bunch:

Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL), Rutgers University, is an activist, writer and organizer in feminist, LGBT, and human rights movements. A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Bunch was previously a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, a founder of Washington DC Women’s Liberation, and of Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.

She has been active in national and international movements for change and served on the Board of directors of many women’s and human rights organizations. She is currently on the Boards of AWID (Association for Women’s Rights in Development) and the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights.

Bunch has been involved in many civil society efforts at the UN, including the Global Campaigns advocating for women’s rights as human rights and for the creation of UN Women. Her many awards include the National Women's Hall of Fame, the White House Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, and the “1000 Women Peace Makers” nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She has written numerous influential essays, edited nine anthologies and authored Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action and Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women's Human Rights.

Past Lectures

Distinguished women throughout the world have given Soffa Lectures. Learn about their lectures and more through the UW Law School's Digital Repository

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