October 2, 2015
Karima Bennoune Is Appointed the New United
Nations Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights
As a legal scholar and human
rights advocate, Karima Bennoune has worked tirelessly to combat extremism.
She is an award-winning author and professor of international law at the
University of California Davis School of Law.
Karima Bennoune at WLP conference on
human rights, 9/14/2015
In an email message to WLP after the announcement, Karima wrote:
“I am deeply moved by this news which I interpret as a UN affirmation
that the work women's human rights defenders do is core human rights and
cultural rights work and that women have equal rights to access, enjoy and
define culture. These have been key themes of my own work. And I am
very humbled to follow in the footsteps of my remarkable predecessor in
this post, Farida Shaheed, whose trailblazing work as rapporteur has been
so important for human rights, including women's rights.
I thank and recognize all the women's human rights defenders in all
regions of the world who have worked with me and taught me over the years,
and I am grateful for the opportunities I have had to collaborate with the
Women's Learning Partnership and its predecessor SIGI which began 20 years
ago in the lead up to the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in
Beijing. We have come a long way. And we have a long way to go.
But today, there is a little piece of hope that reaffirms the idea that our
work has made it into the mainstream and is on the agenda in a way that did
not seem possible 20 years ago.” - Karima Bennoune