Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies

In 1970, the field of women’s, gender and feminist studies was launched and was able to thrive in the ensuing years. NCRW was established in 1982 to create a supportive network for the burgeoning women’s research movement. Today, there are more than 900 women’s studies programs in the US with more than 10,000 courses offered on college campuses. Much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary and, in many instances, mainstreamed across subject areas. From the social sciences to liberal arts, fine arts and the sciences, feminist theory and framing (especially the intersection of race, gender and class) is having an important impact across disciplines in academia and beyond.

Quiet Revolutions: Postcolonial Women's Writings and Structures of Solidarity

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02/16/2010

Alison Donnell

This talk offers a new reading of postcolonial women's writings. The conventional model since the 1980s has been to emphasize issues of silence and invisibility, the desire for voice and narrative space, and self-representation as a form of empowerment and transformation. What is often eclipsed as a result is a valuable political ethic based on coalition and solidarity with oppressed and marginalized figures.

Center for Women's Global Leadership

The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice around the world. The center sponsors leadership development and training programs to create and strengthen a powerful, international advocacy force of women dedicated to working for human rights. They also monitor United Nations progress and advocate for women's human rights worldwide.

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http://www.cwgl.rutgers.edu
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Principal Staff

Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director
Ph. (732) 932-8782
Fax: (732) 932-1180
E-mail: cwgl@rci.rutgers.edu

Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar
Ph. (732) 932-8782
Fax: (732) 932-1180
E-mail: cwgl@rci.rutgers.edu

Savitri Bisnath, Senior Policy Advisor

Margot Baruch, Program Coordinator

Julie Ann Salthouse, Program Coordinator

Mika Kinose, Office Manager

Keely Swan, Project Coordinator

Lucy V. Vidal, Information Manager

Nathalie Margi, Program Assistant

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Human Rights

The policy and advocacy program encompasses CWGL's efforts to integrate gender and women's human rights into the work of local, national, regional and international institutions. This program informs and mobilizes advocates for women's human rights around specific events and builds linkages among them to enhance their capacity to influence policy making. The Center, working in collaboration with women leaders and NGOs around the world, helped secure international policy commitments that clearly state "women rights are human rights." With these policy benchmarks in place, the Center has turned its energy toward implementation of this concept and holding policy making bodies accountable to their promises to the world's women. Core activities in this program area include UN Monitoring and Advocacy and the coordination of International Mobilization Campaigns.

Leadership and Leadership Development

Since 2000, CWGL has convened Strategic Consultations and Conversations that provide opportunities to examine world situations and to discuss strategies and venues for work on women's human rights. Given the overwhelmingly positive response to these meetings, the Center decided to continue organizing "strategic conversations" both globally and locally as the core of its leadership development work. This builds on the Center's history of convening people to think and plan strategically about specific initiatives and also addresses the need expressed by many for spaces where they can re-think how to work in the ever-changing world environment. CWGL sees this as making a further investment in the leadership of the women's human rights movement, which needs such opportunities to craft next steps as well as a way to generate new ideas and strategies. CWGL recently convened a Strategic Conversation on the future of Women's Human Rights Leadership Development.

Violence Against Women

More than 2,000 organizations in over 154 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign since its launch in 1991. This annual campaign, November 25 to December 10, has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups from around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Growing out of the Center's first Women's Global Leadership Institute, the Campaign links violence against women and human rights, emphasizing that all forms of violence, whether perpetrated in the public or private sphere, are a violation of human rights. The dates that participants chose for the Campaign symbolically make this link: November 25 marks the International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including December 1 which is World AIDS Day, and December 6 which marks the anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.
* In coordinating the Campaign, the Center assists individuals and organizations in planning activities which focus on developing and calling for the implementation of local, national and global policies aimed at eliminating violence against women. The Center develops and publicizes the theme of the campaign in collaboration with activists from around the world. Resources available for the 16 Days Campaign include an International Calendar of Campaign Activities, a "take action kit," and an interactive website which has been instrumental in promoting the Campaign on a global scale.


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40° 42' 17.2368" N, 74° 0' 26.0784" W

Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Manager, is providing the Council with a wide range of research and communications support. She received a BA in Sociology from Principia College and an MS in Women’s Studies from Towson University. Her thesis focused on transgender experiences of employment discrimination. During her time at Towson University, Kyla was a graduate assistant with the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women. On completion of her master’s degree, Kyla served as a Vaid Fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kyla first joined the Council as a research consultant for The Big Five initiative. She has interned previously with Planned Parenthood and the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

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New York, NY 10005
United States
40° 42' 17.2368" N, 74° 0' 26.0784" W

Framing Feminism - Never Go Back: The Threat to Legalized Abortion by Lorraine Sheinberg

Painting a vivid picture of life before the Roe v. Wade decision, this documentary outline the impact of Supreme Court retirements posed to accessible, legal abortion in the U.S. during the George W. Bush presidency.

Narrated by Carrie Fisher
Produced and Directed by Lorraine Sheinberg

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Framing Feminism - Killing in the Name of Life by Lorraine Sheinberg

This educational documentary short chronicles the domestic terrorism campaign carried out by the anti-abortion movement against reproductive health clinics in the U.S.

Narrated by Carrie Fisher
Produced and Directed by Lorraine Sheinberg

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Shroud of Silence

This award-winning short documentary chronicles the everyday struggle that was like for Afghan women and girls under the Taliban regime's brutal system of gender apartheid from 1994 to 2002.

Narrated by Carrie Fisher
Produced and Directed by Lorraine Sheinberg

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Revelations: Exposing The Radical Right

This eye-opening documentary (even to the feminist veteran) exposes the convergence of right-wing political, religious and economic forces in the U.S.

Narrated by Alfre Woodard
Produced and directed by Lorraine Sheinberg

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like

What do America Ferrera, Larry David, and Amy Brenneman have in common? They're all proud to call themselves feminists.Celebrate Women's History Month with them and other feminists by watching the special This Is What A Feminist Looks Like video.
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AAUW's Lisa Maatz Responds to State of the Union Address

Lisa Maatz, AAUW's director of public policy and government relations, responds to President Obama's State of the Union address.  

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Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine and Engineering

Professor Londa Schiebinger looks at new solutions in science, medicine and engineering. These solutions move beyond looking at gender bias to understanding how gender functions during the creation process.  
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