2009 Events

  • December 10 & 21, 2009 (9am, 3pm, 9pm) and December 26, 2009 (4pm): The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Concert Celebration, CUNY Distinguished Professor Blanche Wiesen Cook hosts this special concert event held at the Graduate Center on December 10th, 2008 and commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Featuring: Blanche Wiesen Cook, Distinguished Professor of History and Women’s Studies, John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY; Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University; Hossein Alizadeh, Communications Coordinator, International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission; and Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative. Performances by Thiago de Mello & Amazon with special guest, vocalist Ithamara Koorax.
  • December 10-13, 2009: Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, spoke on a panel and participated in the USHRN Membership Meeting in Miami, Florida.
  • December 10, 2009 (7-9pm): Sex Workers Rights are Human Rights! Speak-Out & Arts Evening celebrating International Human Rights Day, December 10th. Featuring: Performances by Artist Ignacio Rivera, Damien Luxe, Guitarist K. Stone, Political Artwork by Empower Thailand, Andrea Ritchie (M.C. for the night), and more! Partner organizations: Sex Workers Action Network (SWANK), Sex Workers Organizing Project (SWOP-NYC), $pread Magazine, Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP), Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), and WITNESS, NYU, 19 University Place, in the Great Room, New York City, New York. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; www.madre.org
  • November 30-December 10, 2009: pdf A series of events marking the 16 Days Campaign , including a coffeehouse event, a benefit concert, letter writing campaigns, lectures, film screenings, donation drive for local domestic violence organizations, discussions about violence in same sex-relationships, exhibits for World AIDS Day, and more. Sponsored by Radigals, SCREAM Theater, LLEGO, Douglass Black Student Congress, The GOYA Project, Amnesty International, Student Volunteer Council, Women’s Center Coalition, Take Back the Night, Haitian Association of Rutgers (HARU), Douglass Asian Women’s Association (DAWA), Sociedad Estudiantil Dominicana (SED), Human Rights House, Health Outreach, Promotion and Education (HOPE) of Rutgers Health Services, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Sexual Assault Services/Crime Victims’ Assistance, Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and local community groups: Women Aware and Manavi, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • November 16, 2009 (6-9pm): Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, and Keely Swan, Campaign Coordinator, spoke at pdf Half the World Deserves a Whole Voice: The Pandemic of Violence Against Women , sponsored by CWGL & UNIFEM Metro New York Chapter. 
  • October 1, 2009 (4:30pm Reception, 5pm Panel):  pdf Why MES with Human Rights? Integrating Macro Economics Strategies with Human Rights and Welcome Reception for Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, CWGL, 162 Ryders Lane, Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • September 29-October 1, 2013: Brainstorming Session for a Training Module on Rethinking Macroeconomic Strategies and Human Rights, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • September 25 (10-5pm) & September 26 (12:30-5:15pm), 2009: Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, spoke at The Practice of Human Rights, Klein Conference Room, 66 West 12th Street, Room 510, The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.
  • September 17, 2009 (1-3pm): Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Responding to the Global Economic Crisis - Are Human Rights Relevant? NGO side event at the 12th session of the Human Rights Council, Palais des Nations, Room XXII, Geneva
  • September 17, 2009 (1:15-2:30pm): Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, pdf Preparing for CSW 54: Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action , The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, Conference Room C, UNHQ, New York
  • August 8-11, 2009: Executive Director, Charlotte Bunch, spoke at the ASA Annual Meeting, The New Politics of Community, San Francisco, CA
  • August 5, 2009: Project Coordinator, Keely Swan, spoke at the 6th Annual Youth Assembly, United Nations, New York, NY
  • July 23, 2009 (6-7:30pm): CWGL co-sponsored the launching of pdf Equal and Indivisible: Crafting Inclusive Shadow Reports for CEDAW , a guide designed to increase the effectiveness of groups reporting on lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights issues in shadow reports to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The guide has been developed by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific, and the CoC Netherlands. The Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza (44th St and First Avenue, Manhattan), 2nd Floor. RSVP to Jacqueline Bevilaqua, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., no later than 5pm on Monday, July 20th. 
  • June 25, 2009 (6-8pm):   pdf Human Rights Response to the Economic Crisis in the United States , co-sponsored by Marymount Manhattan College, ESCR-Net, Women of Color Policy Network, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), CWGL and the US Human Rights Network, 777 UN Plaza, NY, NY
  • June 5, 2009 (11-1pm): Side event at the 11th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Combating Maternal Mortality: Why Bring Human Rights into the Picture?, co-sponsored by Action Canada for Population and Development, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program, Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative*, International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, DAWN, Federation for Women and Family Planning (Poland), Human Rights Watch, International Alliance of Women, IPPF, IWRAW Asia Pacific, Ipas, Physicians for Human Rights and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights. *The SRI is a collaborative project of Action Canada for Population and Development, Creating Resources for Empowerment in Action, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Federation for Women and Family Planning (Poland), and Mulabi - Espacio Latinoamericano de Sexualidades y Derechos, Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 29, 2009 (1:15-2:45pm): Executive Director, Charlotte Bunch, spoke at a side event, United Nations Reform Process, during the Eighth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, sponsored by the International Indigenous Women's Forum (FIMI/IIWF), Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) and Amnesty International, United Nations, Conference Room 4, New York, NY
  • April 15, 2009 (8pm): Women, Peace & Human Security, the 2009 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture given by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for Work to Ban Landmines and Lifelong Global Activist, Jody Williams, sponsored by the Institute for Women's Leadership, Busch Campus Center, Piscataway, NJ
  • April 15, 2009 (7pm):   pdf Violations and Resistance: Human Rights and LGBTQ Activisms throughout the World , CWGL and the Office of Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, NJ
  • March 26, 2009 (3-5pm): Executive Director, Charlotte Bunch, spoke at Jersey Roots, Global Reach: 25 years of the Laurie-New Jersey Chair in Women’s Studies at Douglass College Laurie Chair Legacies: Women’s Rights as Human Rights, Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, New Brunswick, NJ
  • March 2-13, 2009: CWGL's events at the 53rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women
  • February 24, 2009 (6:30pm): Film screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008; dir. Gini Reticker; 72 minutes), Women's and Gender Studies Department, co-sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership and Douglass Residential College, Art History 100, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick, NJ
  • January 28, 2009 (4:30-6pm): Defending and Promoting Human Rights: Women on the Frontline, Hina Jilani, Former UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, Alexander Library, 4th Fl, Teleconference Lecture Hall, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ http://humanrights.rutgers.edu

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