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

Protecting Our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws Are Failing Us

April 11, 6:00-7:30 PM. The Poetry Center in the Sawyer Library, 73 Tremont Street, Boston.

Join us for a reading, presentations, and discussion of this controversial and important topic.

Professor and author Emily Horowitz, PhD, will read from her book, Protecting our Kids? How Sex Offender Laws are Failing Us. This thought-provoking work raises important questions about sex offender laws, drawing from personal stories, research, and data to prove the policies promote fear, destroy lives, and fail to protect children.

Rachel Corey, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, will join us to discuss the situation in Massachusetts.

Co-Sponsored by the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition.

Reading from a Memoir-in-Progress

Amy Agigian will be talking about and reading her memoir-in-progress, The First House: A Memoir of Mom, Berkeley, and Beyond

Thursday, April 21, from 1:00-2:15 PM, in the Poetry Center in Suffolk's Sawyer Library. This is part of the Library's Speaker Series. Open to the public. Light refreshments.

Women's Writing Circles, April 12 and May 3

Jennifer Minotti, our Visiting Artist, will facilitate 4 more free Women's Writing Circles this year. Gathering in circle, we will write from creative prompts as an entry point to explore emotions, themes, personal histories, shared truths, joy, grief, shame, and those things that matter most to us in our hearts. We will then share and listen, inviting each participant to be courageous, vulnerable and compassionate truth-tellers and witnesses to others' personal stories. This type of no-pressure, expressive writing process holds many benefits for the individual and the group. Women of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and other differences are welcome.

No writing experience necessary. Registration, however is required. Limited to 8 women per circle.

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what it means to be a woman today

Read Jennifer Minotti's new essay here.

Two new Affiliates at the Center for Women's Health and Human Rights

Visiting Social Entrepreneur Connie Chow and Visiting Artist Jennifer Minotti have joined the Center! To learn more about the two new affiliates, please go here

Noteworthy Happenings

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


November 5, 2015: 
The Center co-sponsored "The Real Women of Orange is The New Black", a conversation with women who served time with Piper Kerman, author of the book on which the hit Netflix series is based. 

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