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January 13- Global Legal Advocacy: Promoting Human Rights in Zimbabwe

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Room 117, 12:30-1:20pm

Hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development

“The Role of NGOs in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Zimbabwe”

Charles Mutasa, Barer Fellow; LL.M. Candidate in Sustainable International Development, UW School of Law

In African countries such as Zimbabwe, NGOs are generally viewed as the bedrock of democracy as they play a watchdog role over government with the view of promoting good governance, human rights and sustainable development. This presentation is a critical appraisal of the role and effectiveness of the strategies used by local NGOs to promote human rights in Zimbabwe. Despite the difficulties associated with an unfavorable operating environment, which includes government’s defiance of court orders, politicization of state institutions and continuous harassment of human rights defenders, the NGOs have remained resilient and made significant achievements in promoting human rights in Zimbabwe. The presentation will also briefly looks at the interface between the local NGOs and the African human rights regional bodies in their attempts to address the human rights challenges Zimbabwe is facing. It concludes by looking at the successes and challenges faced by the NGOs and suggest a way forward.

Charles Mutasa is a Zimbabwean who has studied political science and development studies up to Masters level. He has over 16 years of experience working for international and national non-profit organizations in Africa in the area of governance, human rights, health, poverty and general development policy. Charles work in the fields of policy research, analysis, consultancy and advocacy focuses on the importance of linking human rights and the rule of law issues with other sustainable development issues especially economics and politics with the goal of contributing to Zimbabwe’s transitional justice issues.

The lecture is hosted by the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services and the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development.

January 13- Conscience & Privacy: A Panel Discussion on Stormans v. Selecky. 

gavelPresented by ACLU, CLS & LSRJ

Room 138, 12:30-1:20pm

Moderator: Dean Michele Storms


Tom Boeder, attorney with Perkins Coie and lead counsel for the Washington State Department of Health in Stormans v. Selecky

Kristen Waggoner, attorney with Ellis, Li, & McKinstry and lead counsel for Stormans Pharmacy in Stormans v. Selecky

Stormans v. Selecky is currently before the Ninth Circuit on appeal, and presents the issue of whether or not a pharmacy owner should be allowed to refuse to stock and dispense morning-after pill “Plan B” for conscience reasons. Current Washington Board of Pharmacy regulations do not permit a pharmacy owner or pharmacist to do so.Oral argument has been delayed pending the outcome of the Hobby Lobby case and other cases for which SCOTUS recently granted certiorari, and the attorneys representing for each side have graciously agreed to come and discuss the constitutional issues raised by this important case. Lunch will be provided.  Questions, please contact Thomas O’Ban,

January 14- Don’t Forget! Social Justice Tuesday: Funding Your Summer in Public Service Law


12:30-1:20 pm, Room 133

Hosted by: the Center for Public Service Law

  • Considering an unpaid internship with a non-profit or government agency domestically or abroad this summer?
  • Wondering how you’re going to support yourself?
  • Heard about PILA grants and plan to apply but want to learn more about othe sources of funding?

Join us for a discussion on strategies for funding your summer in public service law. Learn about Equal Justice America, UW Law International Summer Fellowships and more!

If you would like lunch please RSVP via Symplicity or by 12pm Monday, January 13. No RSVP for lunch accepted after 12pm.

January 28- Experience Girls Rising

Wells Fargo Washington Women’s Roundtable presents Girl Rising.  Girl Rising tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, and showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at
For more information about the Girl Rising series, go to: http://theglobalstate.globalwa.orgPlease join us for this FREE event. Space is limited.
Who: Everyone
Where: First Free Methodist Church / Seattle Pacific University //3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA
Date: Tuesday, January 28 // 7pm – 9pm
Click HERE to RSVP

February thru June- Don’t Miss GlobalWA’s Regional Global Socials

Global Washington is a broad-based membership association that promotes and supports the global development sector in the state of Washington.  Composed of non-profit organizations, foundations, businesses, government and academic institutions, our members work collectively to build a more equitable and prosperous world.  Global Washington convenes members to generate new opportunities for growth; strengthens member organizations to increase their impact; and advocates across key global development issues at the local, national, and global level.
Learn about GlobalWA member organizations working in specific regions of the world and connect with others who share your interest in that region.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Who: Everyone
Where: TBD
Cost: $10 GlobalWA members (use member code at checkout) // $20 for non-members
  • Central America //  February 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • East Asia // March 6th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Middle East // April 3rd, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • South Asia // May 1st, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP
  • Sub-Saharan Africa // June 5th, 2014 // 4:30pm-6:30pm // RSVP

March 21- Save the Date! Landesa’s 8th Annual Seed the Change Luncheon


Please join Landesa for our 8th annual Seed the Change Luncheon, to raise awareness and support for women’s land rights – the most important asset to break the poverty cycle.

Four Seasons Hotel: 99 Union Street, Seattle, WA

REGISTRATION: 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

PROGRAM: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM


Megan Mylan, Academy Award-winning documentary film maker 

For more information or to register for the event, click here