The Task Ahead, 2012 AWID Forum, Istanbul, Turkey: April 22, 2012
Radhika Balakrishnan, CWGL's Executive Director delivered a galvanizing presentation for the closing plenary at the 2012 AWID Forum. Balakrishnan's presentation addressed the challenges of neoliberalism and suggestions for moving forward using a feminist economics lens in social justice. She spoke about the importance of connections within the global feminist movement in an effort to transform economic power and the significance of using a human rights framework in the development of macroeconomic policies.
Seminar: New Horizons in Economic and Social Rights Monitoring, Madrid, Spain: March 22-23, 2012
In March 2012 CWGL's Executive Director, Radhika Balakrishnan, participated in New Horizons in Economic and Social Rights Monitoring hosted by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR). The meeting served as the third annual meeting of the International Network on Quantitative Methods for Human Rights and Development – Metrics for Human Rights. Balakrishnan's presentation, Economics & Rights: interdisciplinary monitoring approaches, focused on the importance of challenging the ways in which economists evaluate policies, so that human rights take priority and economic growth, and economic efficiency, are only pursued in ways that are consistent with human rights. The seminar drew on the lessons learned from a wide array of key experts and activists thus breaking down the disciplinary silos that often hamper human rights advocates from fully gaining knowledge from one another to enhance the field of ESCR monitoring.
US Human Rights National Membership Conference, Los Angeles, California: December 11, 2011
From December 9-11, 2011, CWGL participated in the US Human Rights Network’s annual meeting in California. To further the application of human rights in macroeconomic policies, the Center convened a workshop on the links between macroeconomics and human rights from a feminist perspective. CWGL’s Visiting Global Associate and Bolivian water rights activist, Marcela Olivera, presented on the Cochabamba water wars in Bolivia, and transnational strategies for progress. Radhika Balakrishnan, CWGL’s executive director and USHRN’s board chair, highlighted linkages between human rights and macroeconomics in the U.S. during the closing plenary.