As part of Parliament Week 2015 Explore presents talks by 2 human rights defenders from the University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights: Aida Baijumanova and Azza Soliman.
Aida Baijumanova: Protection of citizens’ Electoral Rights
Aida Baijumanova presents the experience of the human rights movement “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan” on the organisation of independent election monitoring. She discusses violations by the electoral candidates and commissions.
Aida Baijumanova’s activities in human rights began in 2004, when she became a coordinator of election related projects in the human rights movement “Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan”. Until 2006, her work had been largely associated with the advocacy of citizens’ electoral rights, and since 2007 she has been involved in the protection of the rights of vulnerable groups of citizens.
Azza Soliman: Women’s Status in Egypt
Azza Soliman’s talk will tackle the suffering of Egyptian women in the public or private sphere; discriminatory laws against women; and women’s suffering from non-enforcement of laws and from social practices.
Azza Soliman founded the Centre for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance she has been working to achieve gender equality in Egypt since 1995. She is a founding member of Musawah, a global movement that holds governments accountable for using religion as an excuse for reservations to the UN Convention on the Elimination of all kinds of Discrimination Against Women.