De Reus invited to speak at Oslo Freedom Forum

Lee Ann De Reus, associate professor of human development and family studies and women's studies, was invited to speak at the fifth annual Oslo Freedom Forum in Oslo, Norway. De Reus addressed sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a panel titled "Women under Threat."

The Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF) is an annual summit that brings together the world's most influential dissidents, innovators, journalists, philanthropists, and policymakers to explore how best to challenge authoritarianism and promote free and open societies.

The Economist describes OFF as the "Davos for human rights" while The Guardian calls it the "Davos for revolutionaries." Newsweek writes that "high-profile summits aren't just for glitzy politicians and jet setters anymore. Activists, journalists, artists and dissidents meet in Oslo to share revolutionary ideas."

Other speakers at this year's event include Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, Malaysian democracy advocate Ambiga Sreenevasan, Serbian nonviolence strategist Srdja Popovic, Belarusian playwright Natalia Kaliada, Tibetan prime minister Lobsang Sangay, and Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat.

Last Updated May 14, 2013