The Center for Women's Health and Human Rights (CWHHR) at Suffolk University is the first academic institute in the United States to focus on women's health and human rights in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and public policy. Founded in 2003, the CWHHR is committed to furthering the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls everywhere by exploring and extending the linkages between women's health and human rights.

Dedicated to research, teaching, networking, and advocacy, we collaborate with other academic and community organizations working on these goals, bring together the community of scholars and activists already working in these areas, and provide expertise to a range of institutions developing the link between health and human rights.

Upcoming Events:

Menstrual Health and Reproductive Justice: Human Rights across the Lifespan: June 4-6, Boston, Massachusetts

Experts from around the world will travel to Boston in June 2015, to attend Menstrual Health and Reproductive Justice: Human Rights Across the Lifespan, the 21st biennial conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians, artists, performers, educators, policy analysts, and social entrepreneurs to explore how menstrual health is central to women’s ability to lead lives of dignity and well being in every society in every part of the world.

The conference takes place at The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, Suffolk University, Boston, on June 4-6, 2015. Keynote speaker Loretta Ross is one of 12 women who developed the concept of “Reproductive Justice”—which intersects social justice and reproductive rights, or as Ross puts it, “brings human rights home by looking at the totality of women’s lives.” Register

Widening the Cycle: A Menstrual Cycle & Reproductive Justice Art Show: June 4-6

Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston
June 4, 5, & 6, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Rooms 245, 255, 265 & Function Room (1st floor)
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 4, 5 - 7 p.m.

The CWHHR is on the Civil Society Leadership Team of an important new campaign: 

Noteworthy Happenings

Co-director Susan Sered launched a blog where she examines women's health, human rights, and mass incarceration.

Sex, Race, and Prison's Violent Double Standard: Incarcerating Men Hurts Woman TooSusan Sered for Salon.com 

April 24, 2014: Susan Sered testified in opposition to opposition to H.1434, “An Act relative to the establishment of a women’s pretrial facility in Middlesex County."

December 11, 2013: Making the Invisible Visible, Susan Sered speaks about her research findings and shares  the stories of some of the homeless women she’s worked with.