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.

Women's Writing Circle

Please join us for one of our upcoming Women's Writing Circles. Space is limited. To learn more please visit our page 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