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Stanford Summer Human Rights Lecture Series: Taking Care: Alternative Narratives on Caregiving

EVT 555
Jul 10
7:00 pm
Status: No Registration Required

The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2018, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society. The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).

Taking Care: Alternative Narratives on Caregiving

Caregiving is emotionally laborious and traditionally gendered work and is usually seen as diametrically opposed to self-care—that is, the language we associate with giving care to someone often means that we, the caregivers, are unable to take care of ourselves. In the “helping professions” such as social work, we hear about burnout, compassion fatigue, or vicarious trauma, all of these connoting that somehow caregiving depletes us of these essential emotions. In a larger framework of human rights, how does this particular perspective shape our personal and professional work? Can we search for alternative narratives when thinking about caregiving?

In this talk, Raji Manjari will share the constantly evolving narratives of caregiving experiences from her perspective as a union organizer, social worker, and caregiver.

Raji Manjari, Psychosocial Counselor, Blue Diamond Society

Raji Manjari is from Kathmandu, Nepal. She moved to the United States in 2004 to attend Grinnell College. In 2006, her work at Adhikaar, a women-led worker and community center that serves and organizes the Nepalispeaking immigrant community in Queens, NY, sparked her passion for community organizing, particularly centered on domestic worker organizing and advocacy.
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