IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, Tallinn / Estonia

From 24-26 September 2011, the IV International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, entitled “The Importance of Uyghur Women’s Participation in Promoting Human Rights and Democracy”, will take place in Tallinn, Estonia.

The seminar is co-organized by Mr. Juku-Kalle Raid, Member of the Estonian Parliament, the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation (IUHRDF, http://iuhrdf.org/) and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO, www.unpo.org) and will be sponsored by a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED, www.ned.org).

 Kadeer, President of 
IUHRDF and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and multiple Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

The venue of the Opening Ceremony, which is open to the public, is:

24 September 2011 at 12h (time tbc)
Estonian National Library
Main Conference Hall
Tõnismägi 2
Tallinn 15189

The main goal of the seminar is to provide a constructive forum for Uyghur women from around the world to discuss the current situation of Uyghur women in East Turkestan, to introduce and elaborate the principles of human rights and democracy to Uyghur women and to encourage them to involve themselves more actively in the human rights and democracy movement. International experts, parliamentarians, academics and human rights activists will give presentations and conduct interactive skills training in democracy and human rights.

The first International Uyghur Women’s Seminar was held in March 2007 in Washington, D.C. The second International Uyghur Women’s Seminar was held in 2008 in Munich, Germany and the third seminar was held in November 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

The program of the seminar, together with a list of speakers, is available here.

For questions or queries regarding the International Uyghur Women’s Seminar, please do not hesitate to contact IUHRDF at:

Omer Kanat, Phone: +1 202 4781906, [email protected]
Zubayra Shamseden, +1202-4781904, [email protected]


Further information on the seminar:

SAVE THE DATE Press Release (06 September 2011)

Uyghur Women’s Seminar Opens in Estonia Press Release (24 September 2011)

Media coverage:

Juku-Kalle Raid: uiguuri naiste seminar on võrreldav dalai-laama visiidiga, Delfi, 23 September 2011

Eesmaa: uiguuride külaskäik ei vasta Eesti välispoliitilisele kursile, Delfi, 24 September 2011

Tallinnas toimub uiguuri naiste seminar (Video), Reporter, 24 September 2011

4-Nöwetlik xelqaraliq uyghur ayallirini terbiyilesh kursi resmiy bashlandi, Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur service, 24 September 2011

4.Uluslar arası Uygur hanımları Demokrasi ve İnsan hakları semineri sona erdi, Gökbayrak, 26 September 2011

Rabiye qadir xanim éstoniyide dunyagha «uyghur ayalliri köngül bölüshünglargha, yardiminglargha mohtaj!!!» dep chaqiriq qildi, Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur service, 26 September 2011

Uyghurs’ slight, elderly leader is no ‘existential threat’ to China, Democracy Digest, 26 September 2011