• Event Time 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Event Start Date February 8, 2018

On Thursday, February 8 th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children.

These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.

The panel includes Ray Bechard, S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit the museum’s website or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.

“These respected panelists are champions for positive change in human rights. Each comes to this
discussion with their own lens of experience, forming a dynamic group of impact leaders for men and women’s rights across the globe,” said Zella. Moderator Fatima Sabri fled the Taliban with her family when she was a child. As refugees, her family started over and Fatima found strength through education. Today she is a passionate speaker about women’s equality and overcoming vulnerability through education. Ray Bechard has worked against injustice and freedom of all people for over twenty years. He advises social justice organizations and authored The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America.

The panel discussion complements the museum’s current exhibition, When Caged Birds Sing by Ann Weiner, on view through February 10 th . The exhibit features eight life-size sculptures that represent current day activists for women’s rights in the areas of sex trafficking, domestic violence, child marriage, transphobia, honor violence, child soldiers, female genital mutilation, and educational inequality.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT and is
home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States.  Its collection offers students
and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary.  Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis.