Women's Learning Partnership's 2013 CSW Events


Tuesday, March 5,
2:30 - 4:00 PM, Church Center of the United Nations, Hardin Room 11th Floor (777 1st Avenue, E 44th St., New York, NY) 
WLP Lebanon/CRTD.A Executive Director Lina Abou-Habib will be speaking on a panel convened by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the Church Center (Room TBC). This panel highlights the recommendations of the international conference of women peacemakers, "Breaking Barriers for Women," of which WLP served as a co-convener, held at the Kroc Institute this past September. The discussion will look at the barriers to and opportunities for achieving gender security, justice, and peace

4:30 - 6:00 PM, Church Center of the United Nations, 10th Floor (777 1st Avenue, E 44th St., New York, NY)  
Women’s Learning Partnership is co-convening, with Cordaid and Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, a parallel event at the Church Center (Room TBC) on the Vital Role of Women in Countering Violent Extremism and Building Peace. WLP Jordan/SIGI-J General Coordinator Asma Khader will be representing WLP on this panel. Further details here. 

*Following the panel, from 7-9pm Cordaid and the Civil Society Network for Human Secrurity will be holding a reception to launch the new book Looking for That Other Face: Women Muslim Leaders and Violent Extremism in Indonesia at WFM Institute for Global Policy, 24th Floor, 708 Third Ave. (at 44th St.) New York.  Please RSVP to g.vogelaar@gppac.ne if you would like to attend. Further details here. 
Wednesday, March 6

3:30 - 7:30 PM, The New School's Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street, New York, NY)
WLP in partnership with the Center for Public Scholarship at The New School will convene our public event on Human Security: The missing link between women’s rights, conflict, and peace (click here for the agenda and further details).  During this year’s Commission on the Status of Women, WLP will convene leaders from across the globe to discuss why human security is central to confronting this century’s challenges – from ending gender-based violence to achieving international peace. Click here to register to attend. 
** During the event, WLP will premiere its new documentary, “Because Our Cause Is Just,” on the post-Arab Spring backlash against women’s rights and the targeting of women’s rights defenders in the Middle East/North Africa  –  developments that have serious implications for establishing true democracies in the region.**
Friday, March 8
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Church Center of the United Nations, Hardin Room 11th Floor (777 1st Avenue, E 44th St., New York, NY) 
WLP and CRTD-A will convene a parallel event, Constitutional Reform & the Battle for Women's Citizenship Rights and Freedom from Violence, at the Church Center (Room TBC).  As the Arab region goes through a wave of processes to revise, reform, and overhaul constitutions in many countries in the region, women and feminist activists are observing clear attempts to undermine women’s status as full-fledged citizens.  A case in point is in Tunisia where women won the battle against introducing the dangerous concept of "women being complementary to men" as opposed to being equal.  Although this matter was dropped, at least for the moment, feminists are raising a red flag on the clear possibility of institutionalizing women's subordination in the new Arab states and confining women as mere subjects within the private sphere.  In this panel, women activists from the MENA region will bring in testimonials, observations, as well as analysis, to demonstrate why one of the central struggles in MENA today is to uphold equal citizenship in the region’s constitutions as the sole guarantor for freedom against gender-based violence and discrimination.



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