2013 Conference on Child Rights & Sight


Co-Organizers: Yale University, Yale UNICEF, Rights & Sight for Children (RSC), Eye Surgery Associates
Date: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Venue: The Anlyan Center (TAC) Auditorium
300 Cedar St., Yale University,
New Haven, Connecticut, USA


  • Professor Amii Omara-Otunnu – UNESCO Human Rights Chair, and Executive Director, UConn-ANC Partnership, University of Connecticut
  • Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury – Vice Chairman, BRAC, and Ex Senior Adviser and Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation
  • Dr. Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat – Juanita and Joseph Leff Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, Purchase College, State University of New York
  • Diane Geraghty, JD, A. – Kathleen Beazley Chair in Children’s Law and Director, Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University, Chicago. Professor Geraghty specializes in children’s law and has extensive experience in consulting (UNICEF) and teaching in the area of international children’s human rights.
  • Dr. Anita Weinberg, JD/MSSW – Clinical Professor and Director, ChildLaw Policy Institute, Civitas ChildLaw Center and Director, Lead Safe Illinois (a comprehensive and interdisciplinary initiative to eliminate childhood lead poisoning), Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Illinois 60611
  • Diane Mull – Executive Director, International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL)
  • Dr. Jane Aronson – Founder, Worldwide Orphans Foundation
  • Dr. Xi Chen – Assistant Professor of Public Health, Yale University
  • Prof. Tirtha Prasad Mishra – Chairman of NNJS, Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh (National Society for Comprehensive Eye Care)Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Louis Banag – Director, African Aid Organization, Inc.
  • Professor Lalneih zovi – Department of Public Administration, Mizoram University, India
  • Dr. V. Uma – Executive Director, SUYAM Charitable Trust, Chennai, India
  • Dr. Vadrevu Raju, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S. – Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology; West Virginia University and Founder; The Eye Foundation of America
  • Muhammad Abdul Mazid – Former Chairman, National Board of Revenue (NBR), Ministry of Finance, Government of Bangladesh, CEO, Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB)
  • Professor Ger van der Vusse – Professor of Physiology, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
  • Ms. Wahida Banu – Chairperson, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum BSAF (Bangladesh Child Rights Network)
  • Nasima Akhter Joly – Deputy Director, The Hunger Project, Bangladesh
  • Tasik Ahmed – Vice President and Executive Producer, ATN Bangla
  • Salma Qadir – Chief Coordinator, Rights and Sight for Children (RSC)
  • Mr. Zulfikar Hyder – Director, Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of Bangladesh
  • Samal Sarangadhar – Director, Kalinga Eye Hospital and Research Center (KEHRC), Orissa, India
  • Simon Bayley – Child Rights Activist and Representative of DCI England
  • Asahi Hoque – Program Coordinator of DCI, and Human Rights & Biology student at University of Connecticut