IR Tea Social – Dr. Kristi Kenyon

We’re happy to invite you to join us at the March IR Tea Social with Dr. Kristi Kenyon on Friday March 5, 1-2pm.


Dr. Kristi Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the Human Rights Program at the University of Winnipeg’s Global College. Her research and teaching is informed and inspired by more than fifteen years working in, on and with civil society organisations in Southern Africa, South East Asia and Canada. Her research focuses on the role that non-governmental organisations play in promoting, protecting and interpreting human rights and health. She completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK).  Dr. Kenyon has worked as a human rights practitioner with the Amnesty International International Secretariat (London), the Asian Institute for Development Communication (Kuala Lumpur) and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (Gaborone), and has served on the board of local and international development organizations in Canada and Botswana.


Defining Human Rights in Context: Perspectives from Botswana and South Africa

“Human rights are an increasingly popular language of civil society advocacy internationally, but does this concept mean the same thing in different places ? With a focus on Botswana and South Africa, I examine what activists mean when they talk about, and mobilise on “human rights.” I find that understandings of “human rights” are not identical, even between neighbouring countries. Rather than ‘international’ concepts vested in treaties, participants in my research describe human rights as deeply contextual and shaped by local culture, history and politics.”


The first 30 students to RSVP will receive an email with Zoom instructions. We look forward to seeing you!