2019 is here, and we are ready!

At the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), we believe that a world without violence is possible. In a time where misogyny, hate, and inequality are gaining rapid exposure, we aim to achieve equality by ending gender-based discrimination and violence against women. The close of 2018 allowed us to reflect and re-energize, and now we are ready to together take on 2019 and demand human rights standards within this challenging climate, including by:


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With a focus on violence in the world of work, we are creating space for women workers to amplify the gendered impact of discrimination and violence they face across their work realities to influence strong new standards. As global coordinator of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, our global ask for the next two years is to end gender-based violence in the world of work. With our partners, we are shifting the campaign from awareness to accountability and transitioning it from 16 to 365 days to galvanize the reach of 300 million globally. 


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We are convening women journalists, and will continue to do so in all regions of the world, to discuss the gendered discrimination and violence that they face and recommendations to employers, governments, and unions in how to protect them. We are also examining the gender dimensions of modern slavery and the plight of domestic workers. With the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, we emphasized this issue’s link with male-biased macroeconomic policies and the undervaluation of unpaid care work that results in migrant domestic workers being subjected to slave-like conditions. With this foundational framing, we will continue our work with domestic workers.


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We launched the Global Feminist Journeys digital timeline to capture the history of feminist activism, which too often remains hidden. We will continue to build on this in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing World Conference on Women as a way to provide insight and hope at a time when women’s rights face the threat of rollback. Today, women human rights defenders continue to face crackdowns. We amplify their courageous efforts by providing spaces for them to speak for and about themselves and their activism.

We wish you a very Happy 2019 and invite you to continue on this journey with us toward true equality!