26 Feb, 2011
- John Tishman Auditorium at The New School
- 66 West 12th Street New York, NY
WLP, in partnership with The Center for Public Scholarship & Gender Studies Program at The New School, will present a symposium in conjunction with the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), to celebrate the launch of UN Women, the most significant structure yet devised by the community of nations to address the challenges and strategies for bringing about fundamental and all-encompassing change in gender relations. Women leaders from across the globe will provide insight into challenges women face, and offer visions, hopes, and strategies for the new entity.
We begin the second decade of the 21st century facing grave challenges around the world. At the heart of these challenges - environmental degradation, extremist ideologies, poverty, income disparity, violence, crises in government, dilemmas of globalization, and expansion of information technology - we find gender inequality as the issue cross-cutting race, ethnicity, religion, and class.
In addition to WLP representatives, the following individuals contribute:
Michelle Bachelet (Chile) will give the keynote address. Michelle is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Dr. Bachelet is the former President of Chile, served as Defense Minister and Minister of Health, and on the Political Committee for the country’s Socialist Party.
Mallika Dutt (India/USA) is the president and CEO of Breakthrough, and has authored several articles and essays including "With Liberty and Justice for All: Women's Human Rights in the United States." Previously, Mallika was Program Officer for the Human Rights & Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi office.
Farah Karimi (Iran/Netherlands) is the Executive Director of Oxfam Novib. Ms. Karimi served as a member of the House of Representatives with the GreenLeft party in Netherlands and is Founder and President of Bridging the Gulf, a foundation for human security in the Middle East.
Arien Mack (USA) is Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, where she has edited Social Research: An International Quarterly since 1970. Professor Mack is also the founder of Journal Donation Project and the Endangered Scholars Worldwide initiative.
Ann Snitow (USA) is a feminist activist, writer, and Director of the Gender Studies Program at The New School, where she is also a professor of literature and gender studies. Dr. Snitow is a co-founder and Board Member of the Network of East-West Women and co-founder of Take Back the Future.
June Zeitlin (USA) currently serves as the Director of the CEDAW Education Project at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).
9:30 am - 9:45 am
Welcome: Arien Mack (USA), Editor, Social Research Journal
Introductory remarks: Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA), Founder & President, Women’s Learning Partnership
9:45 am - 10:15 am
Keynote Address: Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; Executive Director, UN Women
10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Wajeeha Al Baharna (Bahrain) – Executive Director, Bahrain Women Association
Sindi Medar-Gould (Nigeria) – Executive Director, BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights
Asma Khader (Jordan) – General Coordinator, Sisterhood Is Global Institute/Jordan
Mallika Dutt (India/USA) – President & CEO, Breakthrough
Sakena Yacoobi (Afghanistan) – Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning
Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) – Executive Director, Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Reflections on Regional and Global Work with the UN: Thoraya Obaid (Saudi Arabia) – Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations & Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch break
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Leila Ahmed (Egypt/USA) – Victor S. Thompson Professor, Harvard Divinity School
Karima Bennoune (Algeria/USA) – Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law
Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka) – Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations; Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Francis Kissling (USA) – Visiting Scholar, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
June Zeitlin (USA) – Director, CEDAW Education Project at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Education Fund
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Yakin Ertürk (Turkey) – Professor of Middle East Technical University, Member, European Committee on the Prevention of Torture
Charlotte Bunch (USA) – Founder & Former Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University
Farah Karimi (Iran/Netherlands) – Executive Director, Oxfam Novib
Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) – Founder & President, Women’s Learning Partnership
Ann Snitow (USA) – Professor of Literature and Gender Studies, Director of the Gender Studies Program, The New School
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Concluding Remarks