2020 Vision: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence against Women, CSW54

with the New School and in conjunction with CSW54

Event Details

  • Time


  • Date

    05 Mar, 2010

  • Location

    • John Tishman Auditorium at The New School
    • 66 West 12th Street New York, NY
  • Contact


Thoraya Obaid

Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, the first Saudi Arabian to head a United Nations agency

Mary Robinson

President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, President of Ireland from 1990 1997

Sindi Medar-Gould

Executive Director of BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights, previously, Executive Director of WISSEA, Kano and the Coordinator of the Women and Law Program for Kano State

Jacqueline Pitanguy

Sociologist and political scientist, Founder and Director of Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informação e Ação (Cepia), a non governmental organization based in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

Amal Abdel Hadi

Feminist and human rights activist, member of the Steering Committee of the Arab regional coalition "Equality without Reservation" on CEDAW and the planning Committee of Musawah (Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family) (Egypt)

Lina Abou-Habib

Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development Action (CRTD A), an organization that works in Lebanon and the MENA region on gender and citizenship, gender and economic rights, and women's leadership and public participation

WLP, in cooperation with Social Research journal at The New School for Social Research, will present four keynote speakers and two panel discussions during the 54th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Distinguished women's rights leaders will build upon collective experience to articulate a vision for a future free from violence and grounded in equality, locally and globally.

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

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

  • Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace laureate, 2003; Founder, Defenders of Human Rights Center, Iran
  • Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Mary Robinson, President, Realizing Rights, former President of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Melanne Verveer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Panel 1: 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.
Panel 2: 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
  • Amal Abdel Hadi (Egypt), Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon), 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.


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