FAIA: Informal Conversation with Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:00pm
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Event description: 

Please join us for an informal conversation with Farida Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights. This is a special opportunity to participate in innovative, wide-ranging and potentially foundational discussions on the uses and abuses of rights in the highly contested domains of culture and science . Yale faculty will facilitate a conversation with Shaheed, a globally respected sociologist and rights advocate based in Pakistan, about the scope, source and contemporary deployment of cultural rights, and the relationship between cultural rights and intellectual property (IP) law and women's rights.

In her first report to the Human Rights Council, submitted in 2010, Farida Shaheed explored the references to cultural rights  that exist both implicitly and explicitly in many international instruments, and in the practice of human rights mechanisms.   She critically engaged with the various frames of cultural rights, such as the right to participate in cultural life, the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress, the right to education, the right to rest and leisure, in light of contemporary applications of  nondiscrimination principles as part of constructing a legal foundation for a broad and inclusive understanding of cultural rights. Shaheed has since inquired into access to cultural heritage, the right to artistic freedom, and the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. She submitted the following reports to the General Assembly: one on cultural rights of women on an equal basis with men, and the other  is on history teaching and writing (history textbooks). 


Farida Shaheed (Pakistan) took up her functions as Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights in 2009 and continued as a Special Rapporteur on the same issue, following Human Rights Council Resolution 19/6.

Ms. Shaheed is a Pakistani sociologist. She works as the Director of Shirkat Gah-Women’s Resource Centre in Pakistan.  Recipient of several national and international human rights awards, Ms. Shaheed has worked for more than 25 years promoting and protecting cultural rights by fostering policies and projects designed in culturally sensitive ways to support the rights of marginalized sectors, including women, peasants, and religious and ethnic minorities.
An experienced participant in negotiations at international, regional and national levels, Ms. Shaheed has brought her distinctive perspective on the integration of culture and rights to her work as an independent expert/consultant to numerous United Nations and development agencies as well as to the government of Pakistan since 1980.

This event is co-sponsored by Yale's Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP) and supported by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School


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