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For Immediate Release: April 5, 2017

Megan Cassidy, Communications Associate
Wellesley Centers for Women
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Attacks Against Girls’ Education as a Tactic of Terror

Internationally renowned human rights scholar to speak in public lecture at Wellesley College.

WELLESLEY, Mass. – From Malala to the girls of Chibok in Nigeria, in many parts of the world, there is a war being waged against girls’ education. Women’s human rights scholar and practitioner Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D. will lead a discussion on this issue during the presentation, “Attacks Against Girls’ Education as a Tactic of Terror,” on Friday, April 28, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, Room 413, at Wellesley College. This program is part of the spring Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College.

“Malala remains a powerful symbol of girls whose lives are under attack for attending school, but thousands of other girls are threatened daily for their temerity in attending school,” said de Silva de Alwis. During the presentation she will expand on this and discuss the urgent need to adopt a United Nations Security Council Resolution addressing the issue.

“Despite Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security and its progeny, no security council resolution addresses attacks on girl’s education directly,” she said, “Given that attacks against girl’s education have become strategic weapons of war, it is important to adopt a UNSCR that addresses attacks against girls’ education as a tool of terror.”

Throughout her career, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, S.J.D., has worked with networks of global institutions, civil society, and government organizations to develop human rights initiatives. She is a senior scholar at WCW and was the director of international human rights policy programs there until 2012. She was the inaugural director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges at Wellesley College, which then moved to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is currently the associate dean of international affairs at University of Pennsylvania Law School where she teaches international women’s human rights law.

The Lunchtime Seminar Series at WCW is free and open to the public. While most programs are held on Thursdays at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley), this program will be held on a Friday in the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center, Room 413, Wellesley College. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup, call 781.283.2500 or visit

For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be streamed live on the Wellesley Centers for Women Facebook page (@wcwonline). Recordings from past seminars are posted online at

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.


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