Human Rights

Examining and highlighting the gendered dimensions of human rights, defined broadly to include civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, both globally and locally

The Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy builds on the strengths of the Humphrey School and the broader UMN faculty with a focus on the gender dimensions of human rights.  Several of our affiliated faculty are involved in human-rights related projects, from revealing the gendered dimensions of the Syrian refugee crisis to examination of the barriers to successful implementation of legislation designed to address violence against women. 

Research Projects

  • Reproductive rights and the Left in Latin America. Professor Christina Ewig, faculty director of CWGPP, is currently researching the status of reproductive rights after Latin America’s political turn to the Left.
  • The implementation of gender violence laws in Colombia. Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez is principal investigator for the COLPAZ project, which evaluates the implementation of Colombia’s intimate partner violence laws.

Policy Engagement

  • Using a gender lens to advance gender equity.  In collaboration with the Institute for International Education and the Humphrey Fellows program, CWGPP sponsors workshops designed to help mid-career leaders from around the globe better understand, express and implement a gender lens in their work.
  • The Gender Policy Report. A project of the CWGPP, the Gender Policy Report disseminates timely analyses of how changing U.S. federal policies may impact human rights at home and abroad. 

Faculty Expertise

Several Humphrey School faculty members are affiliated with the work of CWGPP. In addition, we have affiliated faculty in other academic units at the University of Minnesota and research partners at other institutions. View the list of CWGPP staff.