CSW61 Symposium: Supporting People's Actions to Empower Women at the Margins

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Fordham Law School: 140 W 62nd St @ Lincoln Center

Supporting People’s Actions to Empower Women at the Margins
March 18, 2017 10:00am to 4:00pm
Fordham Law School:
140 W 62nd St @ Lincoln Center
Advance registration required

For their annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Symposium, Pasos Peace Museum, and the International Institute on Peace Education invite you to join in a participatory, action-planning program to build solidarity with women’s movements to claim rights proclaimed by the world community in international human rights instruments, yet denied or ignored by national governments. Among the relevant rights instruments are: UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security; the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, all of which have the potential to empower citizens to advance their full participation in striving toward a just and peaceful world. Within the context of the potential of law and international standards the symposium will comprise action-planning discussions based on women’s experience with self-empowerment campaigns.

Women’s international efforts toward the implementation of UNSCR 1325 through civil society initiatives at the local and regional levels in Africa and Asia will be introduced by Mavic Cabrera-Balleza of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and Asha Hans of Sanristi, India.  National campaigns to assert the civil and political rights of Native Americans and African Americans will be introduced by Betty Lyons of the American Indian Law Alliance and Farah Tanis of Black Women’s Blue Print.

As the conclusion of our action planning discussions law students will reflect on how their future professional endeavors might enhance gender justice, social equity and political equality using law and international standards as practical and strategic instruments of justice.

Please consider reviewing these legal instruments and important background documents in preparation for your participation.

Advance registration is required. Registration for this year’s event is $20. Your registration fee covers lunch and the post-event book launch and reception. Register online here: www.i-i-p-e.org/csw17