05 Mar, 2010
- John Tishman Auditorium at The New School
- 66 West 12th Street New York, NY
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.
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
- 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.