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2013 Events

  • December 15, 2013: Global Day of Rage: No Going Back,Union Square (North Side), New York, NY.
  • December 12, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisanth participated as a panelist at the Sixth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: Human Rights, the Right to Development and Global Governance, on behalf of the Human Rights Caucus, and delivered the joint statement Human Rights, Necessary for the Achievement of Sustainable Development, United Nations, New York, NY.
  • December 13, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at Human Rights at the Core of Sustainable and Just Development, United Nations Conference Room Trusteeship Council Chamber, New York, NY.
  • December 10, 2013Rutgers Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Rutgers Student Center, Multipurpose Room, 126 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • December 10, 2013Celebrating the Growing Healthcare Is a Human Right Movement: An Evening in Honor of Vermont Human Rights Leader Peg Franzen, United Nations, New York, NY.
  • December 6-8, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at the US Human Rights Network's biannual national conference, Advancing Human Rights 2013: Dignity. Justice. Action., Atlanta, Georgia.
  • December 4-5, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls: The Road Ahead, Stakeholders’ Forum. Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY. Concept Note document Program
  • November 25-December 10, 2013: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, Center for Women's Global Leadership.
  • November 25, 2013: Program Coordinator Zarin Hamid spoke at pdf Engaging Outside the Campus: How is Activism and Civic Engagement Feminist? , Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • November 14-15, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at the international conference, Women, Power and Politics: The Road to Sustainable Democracy, Oslo, Norway.
  • November 7, 2013: Founding Director Charlotte Bunch spoke at PHRGE 2013 Human Rights Institute, Human Rights and Feminist Theory in Action Against Violence, Boston, MA.
  • October 24, 2013 (1:15-2:45pm): Founding Director Charlotte Bunch was a panelist at  pdf Due Diligence Framework: a Framework for Accountability in Ending Violence against Women . North Lawn Building, Room 6, United Nations, New York, NY.
  • October 21-24, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan co-chaired an expert group meeting (EGM) on "Structural and policy constraints in achieving the MDGs for women and girls." Mexico City, Mexico.   
  • October 3, 2013 (8:30am-5:30pm): Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: 20 Years After Vienna, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University hosted a daylong symposium to discuss human rights 20 years after the UN World Conference on Human Rights. Multipurpose Room, Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ.  pdf Print Flyer
  • September 27, 3013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at  pdf Democracy v. A Global Economy: New Challenges and Threats . Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • September 24, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at Visions and Voices for Human Rights: Integrating Human Rights into the Post-2015 Agenda. Conference Room 7, New Lawn Building, United Nations, New York, NY. 
  • September 21, 2013 (11am):  pdf People's General Assembly on Development Justice . Thomas Paine Park (Foley Square), 111 Worth Street, #4g, New York, NY. pdf Press Release
  • August 21, 2013 (1-4pm): US Human Rights Network and Center for Women's Global Leadership presented  pdf Using Human Rights to Support your Activism , an interactive session on using international human rights tools in your advocacy. Center for Reproductive Rights, 120 Wall Street, New York, NY.
  • August 19-20, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath participated in the Consultation on the Right to Social Security in the Context of Austerity expert meeting, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Along with other experts from civil society organizations, Dr. Bisnath disussed challenges posed by austerity to human rights. Her talk was titled, "Austerity Measures as Answer to Counter the Crisis," Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • August 18, 2013 (1:45-3:45pm - Singapore time): Kayo Denda, Head, Margery Somers Foster Center & Women's Studies Librarian, Rutgers University, presented a paper, Academic Libraries Advancing Transnational Feminism, co-authored with Lucy Vidal, CWGL Information & Communication Director, at the Libraries and social movements: a force for change — Social Science Libraries panel at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2013, Suntec City, Singapore.
  • July 3, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath attended the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice - seventh session, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Dr. Bisnath participated in a panel discussion of the “Current analysis of the economic crisis and its impact on women” which will feed into the thematic work of the Working Group. The Group will present a report on discrimination against women in economic and social life, with a particular focus on economic crisis at the Human Rights Council in June 2014. Savi highlighted particular challenges that emerge for women due to economic crisis, conflict and natural disasters as well as the multiple and intersecting discrimination that women face, which often result in an intensification of the effects of economic crisis on them. New York, NY.
  • July 1, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath participated in the Human Rights and the Financial Crisis in Focus: an expert meeting on promoting a rights-based approach to financial regulation and economic recovery, organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Savi Bisnath, along with 25 experts representing human rights organizations, standard setting bodies and the United Nations came together to discuss the nexus between financial regulation, the financial crisis and the realization of human rights. This expert meeting was the second of three meetings focused on austerity measures and human rights. Vienna, Austria.
  • June 27-28, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath attended the Vienna + 20 High Level Conference on Human Rights: Advancing the Protection of Human Rights organized by the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Over 100 experts from all regions came together to build on the achievements of the last 20 years and examine concrete ways in which the international human rights system can be strengthened further. Dr. Bisnath participated in the Working Group focused on development and human rights. Vienna, Austria.
  • June 25-26, 2013: Both Associate Director Savi Bisnath and Founding Director and Senior Scholar Charlotte Bunch participated in Vienna+20 – Human Rights in Crises. In addition to participating in the drafting committees for the Women’s Human Rights and Austerity, Macroeconomic Policies and Financial Regulation sections of the draft declaration, and a member of the drafting team of the final declaration, Dr. Bisnath participated in the opening press conference, with the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, where she highlighted progress made to date in terms of women’s rights and noted that governments need to “couple human rights rhetoric with human rights action. ”She also participated in the Women’s Rights, Violence Against Women panel at the Conference where she highlighted key priorities and issues in the conference declaration, including the ongoing impunity in the context of gender-based violence and the need for increased state accountability for the promotion of economic and social rights. In the Human Rights Alternatives to Austerity Measures panel, Dr. Bisnath’s talk on “Human Rights as a Strategy for Transforming Economic Power” tackled the gendered dimensions of austerity measures. She noted that austerity measures pushed the responsibility for, and cost of, social and public goods onto households, and in effect, on women. She argued for the need to challenge the current unequal distribution of material resources, and re-imagine the role of the State, not as an efficient administrator of existing resources, but as an institution that mobilizes resources to meet their human rights commitments and obligations. Vienna, Austria.
  • June 11-12, 2013: CWGL convened a meeting, Towards the Realization of Women's Rights and Gender Equality: Post 2015 Sustainable Development, focused on Post 2015 Sustainable Development with a seasoned group of women's rights and feminist advocates working in areas related to social justice and economic policy. The intention of the meeting was to identify priorities for the realization of women’s rights and gender equality within the context of economic policy. A number of themes emerged from the meeting as being critical for a post 2015 sustainable development framework, including: property rights, land rights, land grabbing, extractive industries, right to social security, care work, decent work, reproductive and sexual health and rights, clean technology, corporate accountability, demilitarization, and trade policy. Florham Park, NJ.
  • May 30, 2013 (1-3pm): Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan presented at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) & Violence Against Women and Girls. Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • May 29-30, 2013: Both Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan and Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Charlotte Bunch, presented at the international meeting, Vienna at 20: Renewing strategies for economic and social justice. Geneva, Switzerland.
  • May 23, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan served as the commencement speaker for the commencement exercises of the Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP) at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, New York State's maximum security prison for women. New York, NY.
  • April 26, 2013 (6:30-8:30pm): South Asian Studies Program presented: Young India's Tahrir moment and after. The speaker, Dr. Ayesha Kidwai is professor of Linguistics (JNU, Delhi, India). She is also an activist and a member of Jawaharlal Nehru University's Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment. The rape and eventual death of a young medical student in December 2012 caused a massive upsurge, hitherto unprecedented, amongst young men and women and became the cause of a serious churning in Indian society on the issue of women's rights. Dr. Kidwai discussed the events surrounding the event. Co-sponsored by: Department of Sociology, SAS, Social and Behavioral Sciences Dean's Office and Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL). New Brunswick, NJ.
  • April 24-25, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan participated in OHCHR's Expert Group Meeting on Promoting human rights in post-crisis financial regulation and macroeconomic policies. New York, NY.
  • April 24, 2013 (4-6pm): Feminist Leadership: Transforming Boundaries. Student report back from the Women's Rights and Policy Making through the United Nations. Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • April 19, 2013 (11am-5pm): Program Coordinator Margot Baruch presented at the Global Philanthropic Symposium. Busch Campus Center, Piscataway, NJ.
  • April 17, 2013 (6:30pm): Global Fund for Women 25th Anniversary Gala. Keynote speaker Hillary Rodham Clinton and an evening of celebration honoring: Charlotte Bunch, Jennifer Buffett, and Jacquelyn Zehner. New York, NY.
  • April 16, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath spoke at the Major Groups and Post 2015 Constituency Consultation on Post Rio/Post 2015. Speaking also on behalf of the Post 2015 Women’s Coalition, Dr. Bisnath formally introduced the Women’s Coalition to the Major Groups and group of organizations “working to highlight the nexus between women’s rights, gender equality, and development – advocating that progress towards equality can lead to greater economic, social and ecological justice”.  She stressed the need for coordinated advocacy moving forward. New York, NY.
  • April 16, 2013 (7pm): Melody C. Barnes, Policies that Empower: the Journey from Vulnerability to Engagement, Eagleton Institute of Politics. Kirkpatrick Chapel, 81 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ. 
  • April 11, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan joined Chris Hayes on his new MSNBC show, All In with Chris Hayes. Dr. Balakrishnan appeared on a panel with former Prime Minister of Greece and President of the Socialist International, George Papandreaou. They discussed the economic crisis, bailouts, deficits and austerity at the global level.  New York, NY.
  • April 9, 2013 (9am-5pm): Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan presented at The Politics for Solidarity: Gender, Sexuality, and Transnational Organizing. Barnard Hall, Broadway Ave. and 117th St., New York, NY.
  • April 3, 2013 (3-4:15pm): Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan moderated Local, National and Global Action for Women's Human Rights: Innovative Strategies. Douglass Student Center, Room E, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • March 30, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath led a workshop on Facilitating Recovery and Building Peace through Planning for All with graduate students at Cornell University. This workshop identified key elements in the planning process in the aftermath of a complex emergency. A specific scenario was provided and a process was facilitated wherein students were both exposed to key concepts related to participatory planning and were able to assume the role of key stakeholder groups, including policy makers (government), international and local civil society organizations, donors, planners, in order to: (i) identify damage; (ii) access needs; (iii) analyze findings; and (iv) develop gender aware multi-sectoral plans that aim to facilitate recovery and build peace for all. Ithaca, NY
  • March 29, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath spoke on Crisis Prevention and Recovery: What Does Gender Equality or Human Rights Have To Do with It? at the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. This presentation was part of the International Studies in Planning Spring 2013 Speakers’ Series. Dr. Bisnath's talk discussed humanitarian response, using examples from Haiti, Pakistan, and the occupied Palestinian territories, to highlight methodological, institutional, and political challenges and tensions. Humanitarian action in the aftermath of crisis, be it a complex emergency, natural disaster, or conflict situation, focuses on the provision of basic needs with little or no attention to gendered dimensions or human rights implications therein. Key issues related to linkages between humanitarian, recovery, and development planning were also be explored. Ithaca, NY
  • March 8, 10, 17 & 28, 2013: Screening of Passionate Politics in honor of International Women's Month. New York, NY.
  • March 13, 2013 (4:30-6pm): Women Human Rights Defenders: Talking Back & Creating Change, a panel discussion with women human rights defenders advancing women's rights in peace and development in Africa and South Asia. Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Conference Room, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • March 8, 2013 (12-1:30pm): Celebrate the Power of Working Women, a political/cultural observance of International Women's Day in solidarity with struggles for equality and justice here and worldwide. Rutgers Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ.
  • March 4-15, 2013: CWGL activities at the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). New York, NY.
  • February 28 - March 1, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan participated in the Post-2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Governance held by the Pan-African Parliament in Midrand, South Africa.
  • February 27, 2013: Executive Director Radhika Balakrishnan spoke at the Internal Seminar on Macro-Economic Policy and Women at the South African Human Rights Commission in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • February 26, 2013 (6:30pm): Premiere Screening of MAKERS: Women Who Make America. Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Conference Room, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ. 
  • February 26, 2013 (4pm Reception, 4:30pm Program): Associate Director Savi Bisnath spoke at Dialogues with the IWL Director: A Conversation with Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh IWL Consortium Scholar Rescue Fund Fellow. Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Conference Room, 162 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ. 
  • February 12, 2013: Associate Director Savi Bisnath briefed Member States on "Gender Equality, Violence against Women and the Post-2015 Development Framework" organized by the Post 2015 Women’s Coalition. Violence against women, militarism and state accountability, within the context of the post 2015 development framework, were key issues raised by Savi Bisnath during this first briefing of representatives of governments at the United Nations. The dialogue also explored issues of austerity, and discussed strategies for addressing gender-based violence during the 57thsession of the Commission on the Status of Women. New York, NY.








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