On June 28, 2014 the Yunus Centre welcomes Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights who will be joining the opening of Social Business Day as Keynote Speaker.
Kerry hails from the famous Kennedy family as the 7th born of the 11 children of the Former US Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel S. Kennedy. Her father Bobby Kennedy was Attorney General in his brother President J F Kennedy's cabinet.
The Kennedy family has a long history of support for the people of Bangladesh. In 1971, Kerry’s uncle, Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy, became a close friend to Bangladesh when he spoke out in support of the independence for the people of Bangladesh. He visited refugee camps in India where the Bangladeshis had fled to under attack from the Pakistani army. The advocacy of Ted Kennedy played a significant role in the struggle for Bangladesh's independence, and was one of the earliest visitors to Bangladesh after the liberation war.
Kerry Kennedy’s family has been carrying on her family's tradition of fighting for democracy and justice. She is known around the world for her humanitarian efforts. In 1981, Kerry Kennedy, a lawyer by training, started working in human rights when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against Salvadoran refugees. Since then, her life has been devoted to the pursuit of justice and the promotion and protection of basic rights. She established the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights in 1988 and has led over 50 human rights delegations across the globe.