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Alison Des Forges Symposium on “Sexual and Reproductive Autonomy: Human Rights Perspectives”

April 16 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

War is being declared on the body and sexual autonomy is under assault for LGBTQ+ people and those seeking safe and legal access to abortion. Focusing on human rights and an international perspective, our symposium brings together scholars, survivors and legal experts to discuss the politics of sexual and reproductive rights.

The Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee is dedicated to honoring the memory of Dr. Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges, an inspirational and tireless crusader for human rights around the world. Through a variety of fundraising and awareness campaigns, the Committee seeks to continue Alison’s quest to educate people about the injustices in the world and the part we all must play as members of an increasingly interdependent global community.


More information about the symposium and a detailed schedule can be found here.

To register for this free, in-person and virtual symposium, email Ellen Dussourd (


This event is sponsored by: Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee; Jack Walsh in Honor of Connie and Kyle Walsh; University at Buffalo: Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; Departments of Comparative Literature, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, and Political Science; Gender Institute; Humanities Institute; James Agee Chair in American Culture; Office of the Vice Provost for International Education; School of Public Health and Health Professions; and the School of Social Work.


April 16
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee


10 Capen Hall