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

Going on 13: A Documentary Film
With award-winning Director Dawn Valadez
Four girls, four years, and the change of a lifetime. Meet Ariana, Isha, Rosie and Esme as they let go of childhood and fumble - or sprint - toward an uncertain future.

DATE: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
TIME: 5:00-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: 73 Tremont Street, 1st Floor Amenities Room
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Can't Catch a Break: Gender, Jail, Drugs, and the Limits of Personal Responsibility

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
TIME: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Suffolk University, 73 Tremont, First Floor Amenities Room
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The CWHHR is on the Civil Society Leadership Team of an important new campaign: 

Noteworthy Happenings

Co-director Susan Sered just launched a new 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 

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.