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Feminist Dialogue on Militarism and Military Intervention for the 16 Days Campaign

The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University has released this video of a feminist dialogue on militarism that it hosted as part of its 16 Days Campaign. The video features Yanar Mohammed (OWFI), Diana Duarte (MADRE), Ann Wright (Ret. US Army Colonel, former US diplomat, and peace activist), Cynthia Enloe (Professor at Clark University), and Esther Hyneman (Women for Afghan Women) and many others.


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Our Opportunity for International Women’s Day

By Tiffany Dufu*

I took the helm at The White House Project at an interesting moment for women. Last week’s report from the White House, which Kate Meyer mentioned in yesterday’s post, coupled with a political, economic and social environment that is best described as extremely volatile across the globe, demonstrates how, on this International Women’s Day 2011, we are presented with a unique opportunity. 

We have the opportunity to be responsible.

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An Inventive Tribute to International Women's Day

By Teresa Bagley

Feminism shouldn't be exclusive to scholars, advocates, researchers and policy wonks. Women's issues affect all of us, and this is an excellent way to introduce knowledge to the general public, who, if given the facts, might understand, care and perhaps be moved to action. Kudos to video director, Sam Taylor-Wood, Dame Judi Dench, and the ever appealing Daniel Craig for the direct approach, straight talk, and for using their star power to deliver a meaningful message to the masses.

Originally seen here

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UN Women: The Way Forward

By Alissa Vladimir*

On Saturday, February 26, women’s human rights leaders, scholars, and advocates gathered at The New School to discuss the current status of women’s rights in the world, and to make recommendations for the newly formed United Nations agency, UN Women. Sponsored by Women’s Learning Partnership, the conference, Celebrating UN Women, The Way Forward, focused on compiling suggestions for UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. 

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Human Face of Economic Policy

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Starting off their mornings with some light economic policy talk, people crowded into the Drew Room at the UN Church Center on February 23rd. It was standing room only for the jointly sponsored CSW panel, “Left Behind by Economic Policy.” Representatives from the National Council for Research on Women, The Opportunity Agenda, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, and the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center discussed how economic policy has failed to protect the economic human rights of women and in particular, women of color in the United States.

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Origin of "Women of Color"

In case you never learned or in case you need a refresher, Western States Center offers this video of Loretta Ross, cofounder and national coordinator of SisterSong, Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, explaining the origin of the phrase "women of color." 

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Early Childhood Funding at Risk

Yesterday, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) convened a call with the National Women's Law Center, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and First Five Years Fund.  The purpose of the call was to raise awareness about the current precarious position of early childhood funding. 

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What he really meant was...

Many gasps were uttered when Josef Ackermann, chief executive of Deutsche Bank Germany, made the following remark regarding his company's annual board report: "I hope it will be prettier and more colorful one day".  Jacki Zehner, former partner at Goldman Sachs, offered Mr. Ackermann some advice on her blog, Purse Pundit:

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Last Chance! Modernizing Unemployment Insurance

By Libby Parker*

On February 11th, The National Employment Law Project (NELP) hosted a webinar on Taking Advantage of the Last Chance to Modernize Unemployment Insurance with Recovery Act Incentive Funds. Speakers included Gay Gilbert, the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Insurance; Senator John L. Scott of South Carolina, whose state adopted the modernization reforms last year; and NELP Unemployment Insurance (UI) experts, George Wentworth and Maurice Emsellem. With the August 2011 cut off for Recovery Act incentive funds quickly approaching, all the speakers emphasized the need for the remaining 18 states not currently qualified for such funding to modernize their unemployment insurance systems.

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