Wednesday, February 10, 2010

March 5: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence against Women

Organization: Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)

Topic: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence against Women

Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
in cooperation with
The New School for Social Research

2020 Vision: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence against Women
March 5, 2010, 9:30am - 4:30pm
John Tishman Auditorium at the New School for Social Research
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY

Seats are limited. RSVP online
or by email

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, women's rights leaders build upon our collective experience to secure our vision for a future free from violence and grounded in equality both locally and globally.

Keynote speakers will highlight major challenges to women's empowerment and share a roadmap for success in the second decade of the 21st century.

Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002 Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace laureate, 2003


Securing Women's Safety and Dignity: Mobilizing for a World Free of Violence against Women

Asma Khader (Jordan), Sindi Medar-Gould (Nigeria), and Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil) will discuss grassroots mobilization and awareness-raising strategies including street theater and organizing men, youth, and target constituencies in academia, the media, health, and justice sectors. They will discuss connections between mobilization efforts and international conflict resolution and peacekeeping mechanisms such as UN Security Council resolution 1325.

Movement Building from the Local to the Global: What the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Means for Women at the Grassroots

Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon), Wajeeha Al-Baharna (Bahrain), and Parvin Ardalan (Iran) will discuss the Arab regional CEDAW campaign Equality without Reservation, the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign for equal nationality rights, and the One Million Signatures campaign to reform discriminatory family laws in Iran and how they have transcended traditional political, economic, and cultural barriers to mobilize women's rights activists at the local, national, and international levels.

Mahnaz Afkhami, President of Women's Learning Partnership, and Arien Mack, editor of Social Research, will moderate.

For more information: 301-654-2774

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