Jewish students at the University of Maryland sit down for dinner and talked about women and and LGBT rights at the Global Women’s Justice Shabbat on Friday
When Lizzie Horne told a full Stamp Colony Ballroom that every hour, more than 1,000 girls are married against their will or forced into arranged marriages, she was speaking from experience. Horne, a 2012 university alumna, spent a year in India with the American Jewish World Service combating violence against girls and women ages 10 to 21.
“I heard stories of women being abused every day and girls getting married before they were even old enough to graduate high school,” said Horne, communications director for Hillel International and one of the speakers at this year’s Global Women’s Justice Shabbat.
At the Shabbat on Friday, guests listened to speakers’ personal accounts and calls for action to achieve justice for women, girls and LGBT people worldwide.
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The Shabbat dinner was the premiere event for the AJWS “We Believe” campaign on the campus, said Dena Lehmann, Tzedek fellow at Hillel and chairwoman of Friday’s program.
“We are here to learn and speak on behalf of women, girls and LGBT people who experience injustice around the world,” Lehmann said during opening remarks.
One of the guest speakers at the event, Timi Gerson, AJWS advocacy director, described the “We Believe” campaign’s primary goals as ending violence against women and girls, stopping hate crimes against LGBT people and ending child marriage around the world.