Join us on Thursday, November 20 for a conversation with American Jewish World Service President Ruth Messinger and Kenyan LGBT Rights Activist Essy. Ruth came to AJWS in 1998, after a 20-year career in public service in New York City. She previously served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty and Development. Currently, Ruth sits on the State Department’s Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group and co-chairs the Sub-Working Group on Social Justice. Essy is a Kenyan LGBTI rights activist who works for an organization supported by AJWS (names concealed here for security reasons). Essy and her organization work to stop discrimination and violence against LGBT people in Kenyan society by educating and engaging in dialogue with religious leaders, police, the courts, media and the public.  They also document incidents of violence against the LGBT community and offer legal support and psychological counseling to survivors of violence. This event is co-sponsored by the UNC Asheville departments for Africana Studies, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Center for Jewish Studies, and student organizations Hillel and Alliance.

Click here to learn more about the work American Jewish World Service does in Kenya.