2020 Vision Conference: Panel 2 - Movement Building from the Local to the Global: What CEDAW Means for Women at the Grassroots (video, English)
This resource presents the 2020 Vision Conference panel discussion, "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." The panelists are Amal Abdel Hadi, Lina Abou Habib, and Parvin Ardalan.
Dr. Amal Abdel Hadi (Egypt) gives an overview of CEDAW and its history, as well as the status of its implementation in the Arab world.
Lina Abou Habib (Lebanon) gives a detailed overview of both successes and challenges of “The Nationality Campaign,” (now called “Jinsiyati” or “My Nationality”), an ongoing MENA region campaign to pressure governments into granting women citizens the same citizenship rights as men. Habib begins with an overview of citizenship as a social construct in the Arab world, and the implications of denying full citizenship rights for women. She discusses how citizenship rights relate to CEDAW, and identifies best practices developed over the course of "My Nationality" / "The Nationality Campaign."
Parvin Ardalan (Iran) discusses the treatment of women's rights activists in Iran, men in the Iranian women's movement, and growing up and becoming an activist in the aftermath of the 1979 revolution.
2020 Vision: Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Ending Violence Against Women, a symposium co-organized by Women's Learning Partnership and the Social Research Journal from the New School for Social Research, was held during the 2010 annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). 2010 marked the 15th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Conference, as well as the 10th anniversary of the founding of WLP. The purpose of the symposium was to discuss strategies for the global women's movement over the next ten years.