WLP 2014 Commission on the Status of Women Parallel Events

February 26, 2014

European Union CSW Event:

The role of participatory governance and civil society in empowering women: moving forward the MDGs

 
Thursday,13 March 3:00-4:15 PM
Room CR C, United Nations, 760 United Nations Plaza, New York City, New York
 
There are strong calls for a specific commitment to achieving gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as robust mainstreaming of gender considerations across all parts of the framework. During this panel, speakers will discuss best approaches to addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment in the post 2015 agenda; main reasons for the lack or limited progress towards achieving MDGs for women and girls; and what roles and opportunities are available for civil society to engage in development policy processes.  
 
Speakers:
 
Mahnaz Afkhami, President, Women’s Learning Partnership and Former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women’s Affairs 
 
Kate Lapin, Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law, and Development (APWLD)
 
Viviane Teitelbaum, President of the European Women’s Lobby
 
 

 
Women’s Learning Partnership  and Equality Without Reservation Campaign Event:
 

Why did advances in education & health fail to achieve better economic opportunities for MENA women?  

 

 
Monday, March 17: 12:30-2:00 PM 
The Church Center of the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St, New York, NY 
 
Data on the Arab labor force reveal a bleak reality in relation to women’s economic participation and economic justice. The Arab region at large has one of the lowest performances worldwide in relation to women’s economic rights. Although there are indeed differences among Arab countries, the main common denominator is that women’s participation in the formal economy is significantly lower than men’s; incentives for women to penetrate the formal economy are minimal; there are no employment generating policies that are able to absorb new comers into the market, particularly women; women have higher unemployment rates; women are mostly found in the poorly regulated and often exploitative informal economic sector; and, most importantly, women’s work is often unpaid and invisible including various aspects of women’s care work, which are not recognized by economic indicators and economic policies alike. In addition, challenges to women’s mobility greatly impact their economic participation. This panel will explore the endemic deficiency of the Arab region in economic policy making that ensures gender and economic justice, demonstrated by past policies that have ignored women’s additional burden of care work and failed to provide support services for care work. 
 
The panel will also discuss social protection systems in the region, analyzing their weakness and the ways in which they exclude women from social protection measures and benefits. The panel will rely on learning from a regional intervention carried out by the conveners over the past eight years, which combines knowledge production, capacity building, and policy dialogue for change. Results will be explored in terms of the repercussions on prospects to meeting the MDGs for women and girls in the foreseeable future, notably in terms of promoting women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.
 
 
Speakers: 
 
Lina Abou Habib, Director, Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD.A)
 
Mahnaz Afkhami, President, Women’s Learning Partnership and Former Minister for Women’s Affairs of Iran  
 
Asma Khader, General Coordinator, Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J), Senator for the 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan  
 
Moderator: 
Ariana Rabindranath, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Learning Partnership 
 
 

 

Women’s Learning Partnership + Collective for Research and Planning on Development-Action Event: 
 

Achieving the MDGs for women and girls in times of transition in the MENA region 

 
Tuesday, March 18: 10:30-12PM 
The Church Center of the United Nations, 777 1st Avenue, E 44th St, New York, NY 
 
This panel will focus on the changes taking place in countries undergoing transitions in the Arab region and the ways in which this will have a decisive impact on the ability of new emerging states to achieve the implementation of the MDGs for women and girls. The panel will explore the commitment of emerging Arab states towards women and girls amidst a context of rising violence against women and girls, retrenchment on prior commitments made in relation to the implementation of CEDAW, declining investment in public services and infrastructure, rising religious conservatism, and calls for women to withdraw from the public sphere. Panelist will highlight current local, regional, and international advocacy initiatives carried out by Women's Learning Partnership and Equality Without Reservation to ensure that commitments to meeting the MDG goals for women and girls remain on the political agenda. Key linkages between international instruments for human rights, CEDAW, and the MDGS will be highlighted in an effort to unpack the necessity and complexity of undertaking multi-layered advocacy. Various advocacy strategies will also be explored and examined including the initiative of WLP to set up an advocacy hub in the MENA region. 
 
Speakers: 
 
"The Commitment of States to Women and Girls: Will Past Serve as Precedent?" 
Mahnaz Afkhami, President, Women’s Learning Partnership and Former Minister for Women’s Affairs of Iran 
 
“Fighting for Women’s Equal Rights as Citizens: From Lebanon to Regional Activism” 
Lina Abou Habib, Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTD.A) 
 
“International Instruments for Human Rights and National Activism: The Example of Turkey” 
Yakın Ertürk, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor of Sociology 
 
“Prospects for Meeting the MDGs for women and girls in MENA” 
Asma Khader, General Coordinator, Sisterhood Is Global Institute-Jordan (SIGI-J), Senator for the 
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Rights & 21st Century Challenges: 20+ Years After the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna

3:00-7:30 PM, March 19, 2014

Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall at The New School 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY

Since 2001 there has been a marginalization of human rights at multiple levels of governance, from local to global. Post 9/11, the 1990s trend toward more robust language and policies grounded in the human rights framework gave way to an international emphasis on “hard security.” A decade later, we are witnessing the inadequacy of military-centered security to promote peace or guarantee individual safety or national security. Today, there is a need for greater attention to the status of universal human rights and the effects of rapidly evolving technological, political, and economic conditions on the lives, rights, and freedoms of populations around the world. On March 19, during the meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Women’s Learning Partnership and The New School will convene leaders from across the globe to discuss the present state of human rights and the measures needed to strengthen the human rights movement as a foundation for human security and the development of peaceful and democratic societies.

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Speakers (in alphabetical order):

Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) Executive Director of the Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action (CRTD-A)

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs.

Radhika Balakrishnan (USA) Executive Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Yakın Ertürk (Turkey)  President, Asylum and Migration Research Center, former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Asma Khader (Jordan),Senator in the Parliament of Jordan,  prominent human rights lawyer, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women

Gay J. McDougall (USA) Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues

Naeem Mirza (Pakistan) Chief Operating Officer, Aurat Foundation

Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil) Founder and President, Cepia, and former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Brazil

Renzo Pomi (Uruguay/USA) Representative at the United Nations for Amnesty International

Ken Roth (USA) Executive Director, Human Rights Watch 

Miriam Ticktin (USA)  Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Gender Studies, The New School

 

AGENDA:

3:00 PM                              Intro:
Miriam Ticktin (USA)Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies Department Chair, The New School

Mahnaz Afkhami (Iran/USA) Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs

3:15 PM                               Panel One followed by Q&A: Current challenges and the future of human rights
Given the current environment where competing paradigms such as national security, neo-liberalism, cultural relativism infringe on the applicability of universal norms, how can momentum for human rights be revitalized at the international and national levels?

Radhika Balakrishnan (USA) Executive Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

Yakın Ertürk (Turkey) President, Asylum and Migration Research Center, and former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Gay J. McDougall (USA) Professor of International Law, Fordham University School of Law, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues

Renzo Pomi* (Uruguay/USA) Representative at the United Nations for Amnesty International 

 

4:45 PM                              Coffee Break
 

5:05 PM                              Keynote Conversation:

Ken Roth (USA) Executive Director, Human Rights Watch 

5:20 PM                              Panel Two followed by Q&A: Making human rights locally relevant
This panel identifies the gap between universal rights and local realities and explores possible theoretical and practical approaches to bridge the gap between the two.

Lina Abou-Habib (Lebanon) Executive Director, Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action

Asma Khader (Jordan)Senator in the Parliament of Jordan, Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women

Naeem Mirza (Pakistan) Chief Operating Officer, Aurat Foundation

Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil)Founder and President, Cepia, and former Minister of Women’s Affairs of Brazil

 

 

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