Equality & Discrimination


Faculty Book Publications: 2017 in Review

January 5, 2018

Faculty members at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy published a series of groundbreaking books in 2017, addressing diverse policy issues from the role of women in Rwanda's post-conflict reconciliation; the prevalence of human trafficking and modern slavery; to making human rights work in the 21st century. 


Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy Kathryn Sikkink, ...

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United Nations

Carr Center at the UN

January 5, 2018

On 19 and 20 October, a group of 17 graduate students and fellows visited New York City as part of a Carr Center for Human Rights Policy delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

With more than 70 applications, competition was fierce across the University. Representing the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard School of Public Health, students and fellows from...

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2017 Dec 05

Rwandan Women Rising

10:00am to 11:00am


Nye A, 5th Floor, Taubman Building, HKS

The Carr Center is delighted to welcome former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power (moderator), Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer of Public Policy at HKS Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and Chantal Kayitesi, co-founder of AVEGA-AGAHOZO Rwandan widows’ advocacy organization, to discuss Ambassador Hunt’s new book, “Rwandan Women Rising.”

The panelists will explore the model for sustainable peace and security that Rwandan women have created for the rest of the world.

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2017 Nov 27

Labor Rights as Human Rights

3:30pm to 5:00pm


Fainsod Room, 3rd Floor, Littauer-324, HKS

The Carr Center is delighted to host Martha Chen and Marlese Broembsen to discuss their new paper exploring solutions to address violations of the rights of homeworkers. 

Chen and Broembsen will argue that realizing labor rights for homeworkers requires overlapping human rights instruments at multiple levels, including: strong movements of informal workers, and the participation of homeworker organizations in the design and implementation of these instruments.

2017 Oct 25

When Corruption is the Operating System: Transnational Kleptocratic Networks

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein-219, Harvard Kennedy School

Join the third session of Sherman Teichman and Professor Nikos Passas' study group, examining transnational kleptocratic networks.

The study group will feature Sarah Chayes, a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as a guest speaker. Chayes is the author of "Thieves of State" and a leading expert in the field.


2017 Oct 12

UN Treaty Bodies: The Work of the Committee on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

9:00am to 10:00am


Nye A, 5th floor, Taubman Building, (Harvard Kennedy School)

The Carr Center is delighted to host Maria Virginia Bras Gomes, Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Ms. Bras Gomes will discuss the Committee's work on diverse economic, social, and cultural rights issues, and provide an insight into the work of critical UN treaty bodies addressing human rights policy.

Selected participants for the Carr Center's delegation to the UN General Assembly are required to attend this event, but all others are also welcome to attend.

*Breakfast will be served.

2017 Sep 26

The UN and Human Rights

11:45am to 1:00pm


Rubenstein-229, Carr Center Conference Room, Harvard Kennedy School

Carr Center Fellow Leonardo Castilho will host a lunchtime seminar providing an introduction to the United Nations' engagement with human rights policy issues.

Leonardo joined the United Nations in 2005 and has since then served the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Population Fund. He has worked on non-discrimination, development and economic, social and cultural rights.

Leonardo will lead the Carr Center's human rights delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in October 2017. Apply and learn more here:...

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Syrian Youth

Building Social Cohesion through Education and Empowerment

July 10, 2017

Malika Noor Mehta and Stephanie Kuei received support from the Carr Center to travel to Jordan for their Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE), working with the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) to build social cohesion between Syrian refugee and Jordanian youth.

Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, more than half of the country’s population has been forcibly displaced.

Jordan plays a leading role in addressing...

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