The Feminist Future of Human Rights: Committee goes to Amal Clooney

Before the event

Reflection written by Anahid Najafizadeh of the Social Justice Subcommittee

I never thought that the first time I would see Amal Clooney would be during my third year of university. While I did not know what to expect from the event, I could not help but feel both nervous and excited. What I really enjoyed during the event, perhaps on the same level as Amal Clooney’s conversation, was seeing the vast number of young women in attendance, and what this means for the future of work in politics and human rights.

I have attended panels in the past where influential speakers share their perspectives on international events, and all of their audiences were majority male and of older generations. Expecting the same at this talk, I was pleasantly surprised to meet with so many young women who currently attend university, and are looking to change the world. Many of them, along with myself, had come to meet one of their role models: an intelligent, dedicated, and feminist human rights lawyer.

The diverse audience, with so many passionate students, is a testament to Amal Clooney’s work. As she answered Nick Clooney’s questions, it was clear that her clients and social advocacy work were a reflection of her commitment to empowering minorities and women. She never hesitated to condemn human rights violations, whether they were those committed against the Yazidis or refugee children in the United States. In fact, the most poignant moment of the night came when Amal Clooney reflected on her early childhood, and stated, “I am a refugee.”

The direct effects of her work can be seen on the world stage as she publicly calls for solutions; however, there is also an indirect effect taking place behind the scenes. She has become an inspiration to so many aspiring, young women. As more of them see her powerfully advocating for justice, they realize that they, too, have the tools necessary to create change. Simply based on the audience I was a part of, the future looks to be filled with hopeful, passionate, and hard-working leaders.